Hundreds turned out Sunday for the annual Krause Berry Farms breakfast with Santa, a breast cancer fundraiser hosted by Alf and Sandee Krause and their team. (Black Press photo)

WHAT’S IN STORE: Producers getting into the holiday spirit

In business happenings, learn about Christmas efforts by two local wineries and a sausage producer.

Krause Berry Farms & Estate Winery once again held its popular breakfast with Santa this past weekend, drawing literally hundreds of people from throughout the Lower Mainland.

What makes this event so special is that it is a fundraiser for breast cancer research. Hats off to all the volunteers who helped raise more than $4,000 for the cause. Kudos!

READ MORE ABOUT THEIR EFFORTS

And speaking of local wineries, and efforts being made for others, hats off to the team at Vista D’Oro Farms & Winery.

They’re wrapping up their 13th annual Operation Cookies for Kids project this week.

They’ve gathered and packed up tins full of cookies from “some of the Lower Mainland’s finest restaurants and bakeries,” and sold them for a minimum donation of $50 – every penny of that going to BC Children’s Hospital.

This effort has raised more than $95,000 in the first dozen years.

Lee and Pat Murphy’s goal this year is to sell more than 100 tins of the cookies, and to break the $100,000 mark.

“This time of year we need to be so thankful for our healthy kids while remembering how many children and their families spend the holidays in hospital rooms,” Lee said.

Don’t know if it’s too late to be part of the project – given that pickups start tomorrow – but a lot of tins will likely walk out the door during their annual Christmas open house on Saturday, Dec. 15, from noon to 5 p.m.

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In the spirit

Speaking of local businesses getting into the holiday spirit, Langley’s own Casey Smith, manager of Freybe Brat Haus, is a regular at the Vancouver Christmas Market.

He’s sharing some of the locally produced sausages, pepperonis, and landjaegers with the masses.

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