Want to Support Your Local Makers This Holiday Season? Skip the Mall and Head to this Local School Instead


If you’re anything like me, you face the same dilemma every year when it comes to holiday shopping: you want to buy your loved ones gifts with meaning—items made by local makers in ethical, sustainable ways—but you find it hard to ignore Amazon’s smash-hit siren song “Free Two-Day Shipping.” The local makers can be hard to find and their websites can sometimes make the ordering process a little tricky. So, what’s a locally-minded shopper to do? Wait for two things: the Edible holiday gift guide and Hayground School’s Homegrown for the Holidays.

Now in its sixth year, Homegrown for the Holidays is an artisanal food and craft bazaar that brings together more than 50 local artists, vendors, and food purveyors for one long and beautiful day of local-minded shopping. That day this year is Saturday, December 3.

Stop by Hayground School between 10:00 a.m. and 4:00 p.m. to pick up some Edible-approved gifts for all the people on your naughty and nice lists—though we won’t tell anybody if you just decide to #treatyoself. Who could blame you when the list of food-related vendors alone looks like this?

Also on-site will be craft vendors like Hampton SoapworksBizzy Bee Designs, Sag Harbor Glass, Southampton Soap Company, HAMPTONS Handpoured, Designs by the Sea, and more.


And still, incredible roster of vendors aside, Homegrown for the Holidays’ greatest gift is one of opportunity: it lends us all the chance to step away from our screens and our all-caps coupon codes and invest directly in our community. The fact that you’ll most likely leave with a bag full of beautiful and unique gifts for your friends and family? Frosting on the cake. Delicious, locally-sourced frosting.


A free event, Homegrown for the Holidays returns to Hayground School in Bridgehampton on Saturday, December 3. Hayground School offers children aged 3 through 13 a hands-on education based in mentorship, student-led inquiry, and authentic endeavors in the arts, sciences, and humanities. The school is located at 151 Mitchell Lane.