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Thanksgiving at the Farmers Market

SM Daily Press:  November 26 is a significant date for the Farmers’ Market. It’s the largest, busiest, and for many people, most important market of the year as customers descend en-masse to purchase the final ingredients for their Thanksgiving Feast. Think of it as the Black Friday of sustainable food.

All the Santa Monica markets, (Main Street, Downtown and Pico) are ready to fill pantries with holiday staples and there are actually five markets between today and Turkey Day, but many customers specifically wait the final market.

“It’s the biggest market of the year,” said Jodi Low, Farmers Market Coordinator II. “The other big day is once cherries come back. Cherry season is huge because it’s so short and with the drought, it’s even shorter and sparser.”  Read the full article (and check out the Mushroom Pate recipe!) > > >


Santa Monica Businesses Help in the Effort to Collect Clothing for Distribution at the Westside Thanksgiving Dinner and Celebration

Santa Monica, CA – Ten businesses around Santa Monica have volunteered to become collection points for clothing donations to benefit the guests at this year's Westside Thanksgiving Dinner and Celebration at the VA campus in West Los Angeles. With each BID represented, the Buy Local community truly understands the need for this philanthropic effort as the Westside Thanksgiving organizers anticipate welcoming approximately 3,000-5,000 guests at this year's event. 

Each of the donation locations display signage designed by GY Creative Studio, a local Santa Monica design house.  Further, Sears in Santa Monica donated the empty boxes from their appliances to be reused for the collection and storage of the clothes until Thanksgiving.  This charitable effort is completely local and sustainable.

The locations below will be collecting clothing through November 23rd.


716 Montana Ave.

Groundworks Coffee

1601 Montana Ave.

Berkshire Hathaway

1308 Montana Ave.

10 Women

1128 Montana Ave.

p32 Gallery

3129 Pico Blvd.

Kronovet Realty

3019 Pico Blvd.

Dance Doctor Studio

1440 4th St.

Georgian Hotel

1415 Ocean Ave.

SM Chamber of Commerce

1234 6th St., Ste. 100

SM Convention and Visitor's Bureau

2427 Main Street

For more information about the event, visit

Contact:  To learn more about Westside Thanksgiving Dinner, please contact Albin Gielicz, t. 310-717-6221 or email:


20th Annual Sustainable Quality Awards Call for Nominations

Nominations are now being accepted for the 20th Annual Sustainable Quality Award Program, an award honoring distinguished Santa Monica businesses that have incorporated sustainability practices into their operations. The nomination period closes Wednesday, December 10, 2014. For more info + to download the nomination form:

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10 Easy Ways to Buy Local for the Holidays

1)  Head to your SM Farmers Markets and stock up on ingredients for your holiday meals.  Eat fresh, eat local!

2)  Lace up your walking shoes and walk to your local stationery store to stock up on holiday cards for loved ones. 

3)  Snag some great early deals at Small Business Saturday on Montana Avenue (Nov 29th).

4)  Ice skate under the pam trees!  Head to Downtown SM’s ICE (or drop off your family while you do some important holiday shopping!).   Buy a hot chocolate to get in the spirit!

5)  Meet up with your coworkers or friends for some holiday cheer at a Santa Monica pub or coffee bar.

6)  Looking for a great venue for a holiday office party?  We’ve got over 120 Buy Local SM restaurants to choose from (click here).  Keep them in mind, also, for catering the holiday meals that you don’t have time to cook!

7)  Have friends or family visiting?  Treat them to a night at a Santa Monica hotel and enjoy the local discounts of the Extra Bedroom Program.

8)  For some free family fun, attend the Main Street, Pico Boulevard, Montana Avenue and Downtown SM holiday events and find the perfect gifts for your mates!  (

9)  Bike Local, Buy Local.  To avoid hassles with parking and traffic, grab your bike and enjoy exercise while you do your holiday shopping.  Treat yourself to a little something with the $ you just saved on parking! For safe routes, visit

10)  Buy Local, Give Local this holiday season.  Help support one of Santa Monica’s many local charities this holiday season by shopping at a Santa Monica charity shop (great for holiday decorations, cool scarves as wrapping paper, etc.), provide gift donations to a SM-based non-profit or volunteering some time to help your neighbors in need. 

Happy Holidays from Buy Local Santa Monica!


Highlights from Santa Monica Wellbeing Festival + Buy Local Marketplace

SM Mirror:  Great video from our October 18th event--organized by SM Chamber of Commerce in partnership with City of Santa Monica + Buy Local SM Committee! 

Watch the video here > > >