|Bee Heaven Farms sells fresh produce weekly at Pinecrest Gardens|
There's less than one month of shopping days to go. The malls are horrible this time of year -- you'll wait an hour to find a parking spot two miles away only to push your way through crowds in order to buy some lousy gift like an acrylic sweater or a Justin Bieber electric toothbrush (sadly, we've seen them in our travels).
What if you could do your shopping in a garden setting while supporting local merchants? Sounds better than a soul-sucking trip to Walmart, any day.
Farmer's Market, open every Sunday from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., is pretty much a
one-stop holiday shopping destination. Gifts range from exotic salts to
handmade soaps to orchids. There's literally a present for everyone on
your list, and the prices are far below what's in the mall. Think outside of the box this holiday with these suggestions, most under $10.
Milkweed plants are magnets for Monarchs, who migrate to Florida this time of year. They're a great gift for both the gardening enthusiast and families who want to watch caterpillars turn into gorgeous butterflies. At around $5 a plant, they're a great budget-friendly gift (hint: look for plants that already have caterpillars on them).
Captain Greg smokes his own marlin and wahoo. Buy it by the piece ($9), or pick up a few of his smoked fish dips ($8). They're perfect for entertaining, or as a hostess gift, with a nice box of crackers.
The pickle doctor has a large selection of pickled beets, tomatoes, pickles, and salads -- all for around $5 a container. We suggest putting them in a decorative mason jar for a sour gift for your sweet friends.
11000 Red Road, Pinecrest, FL