Support Agriculture while Buying Gifts

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As you’re out doing your holiday shopping this season, you can look for ways to support California agriculture. Sabrina Hill reports.
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Things like baskets filled with nuts or dried fruit, bottles of California wine, and local cheeses all support the state’s farmers and ranchers. You can also get gift certificates for farm-to-fork restaurants and support two businesses at once.Nina Palomino

Interim Manager of the Gibson Farm Market at Fresno State University, Nina Palomino says shopping for gifts at university farm markets like theirs supports the community, local agriculture, and ag students all at once. And she says the market has a variety of options.

There are other places to find local produce and ag-based gifts. Here are just a few places to look for in your area:

Farms and Dairies with on-site or online shopping – Here are a couple of examples of what we found online. You can do an online search for something in your area:
Earthbound Farms
Simonian Farms
Tom’s Farms

Nut Shops
Farm-to-Fork Restaurants
– Find a listing of several in the Sacramento area here.

You can also keep in mind that agriculture is more than things to eat. Look for material made from California cotton and other crafty items made from crops grown here in California.