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Sack Friday

November 27, 2015

Officially todays is National Buy Nothing Day. It’s a great antidote to the consumer frenzy that used to be reserved for the day after Thanksgiving. But the day to try and quench our endless thirst for all the things we want, seems to be encroaching on the day we sit around with our family being thankful for what we’ve got.

Buy Nothing Day is great in theory, but it’s terrible in practice. Mostly because this is the day that I go hunting and gathering for treats to bring to my family’s belated Thanksgiving celebration in Connecticut. We’ll see how many stops I can make before I need to get home for Friday night dinner. But The Cheese Traveler is a must, and I’m hoping that Rolf’s and Chester’s might be open too. My goal is to fill a sack of meats and cheeses that the family will snack on before the meal.

But presents? We’re not so big into presents. Perhaps that’s a cultural thing. You know the old joke about getting socks on Chanukah? It’s funny because it’s true. Speaking of which, the first night of Chanukah is crazy close, it begins a week from Sunday.

However, first thing is first.

Last year, the family got some chunky pate from The Cheese Traveler and a small chub of teawurst from Rolf’s. Man, I love that fine ground teawurst. It’s like a delicately smoked meat butter made from raw pork and beef. I consider to be a guilty pleasure, but a pleasure nonetheless.

That said, I probably want to bring new things. Everyone has tried the teawurst and Rolf’s country-style liverwurst that’s made in-house. Part of this exercise is about trying to select delicious items that are hard (if not impossible) to find, and expanding our collective culinary experiences.

So I’m keeping my fingers crossed that Chester’s is opened today. The shop makes a ton of products in house, and I’ve heard great things.

Of course, I’ve told Eric I’ll be stopping by The Cheese Traveler today. And this time I’ll come solo, so I will hopefully have more time to dedicate to an exploration of his wares. His cider selection is looking mighty impressive these days, and it’s a great thing to pair with cured meats and cheeses.

I do wish I could have figured out a way to get over to the new Troy wine store too. But it is just not in the cards.

For those of you who are more interested in doing traditional shopping for gifts today, or even over the weekend, I want to put in a plug for this week’s Local Yelp. Seriously, there are some great small local shops to find delightful and truly special gifts for the people on your list. These are just a few of them.

The issue even lists a couple of shopping events today and tomorrow, including the details of the annual Fair Trade Market in Delmar.

If I can’t convince you to stop shopping, at least I might be able to get you to buy food. And if not food, then hopefully you can pick up something from another independent local business. Just be sensible out there. Try to remember that money isn’t speech, and that gifts aren’t love. Try to hold the spirit of the holidays close, and let’s not forget all of those things we were thankful for just a few hours ago.

One Comment leave one →
  1. Rabbi Don Cashman permalink
    November 27, 2015 11:50 am

    We observe No Business Saturday.
    Every week.
    Religiously.

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