~ erin molnar, assistant markets manager
Finding the perfect gift for everyone on your list can be exhausting. And we certainly don’t want you to be too exhausted to join us on Saturday morning at the Market. We have three weeks of suggestions to offer some inspiration to shop local and source some wonderful gifts.
This week we are featuring: Gifts from Our Fabulous Vendors!
(In case you missed last week, which featured Gifts from Countryside Conservancy, click here.)
The Farmers’ Market is the perfect place to shop for the foodies on your list.
- Maple Syrup (Seville Berry Farm and Red Basket Farm), Hickory Syrup (Greenfield Berry Farm) and Sorghum Syrup (Log Cabin Farm).
- Freshly roasted coffees from all over the world courtesy of Crooked River Coffee Company.
- Handcrafted loose leaf teas (certified organic and fair trade) from Storehouse Tea, including two Holiday Blends – Sugar Plum Berry and Peppermint Chocolate.
- Honey – wildflower, buckwheat and a variety of infusions – from Lazy Bee and Schmidt Family Farms.
- CHEESE! Lake Erie Creamery just introduced Lake Erie Pearls – fresh chevre hand rolled and marinated in rosemary olive oil and four peppercorn blend. (You might want to get there early for this delicious treat – they sold out in under an hour last Saturday!) They also have their usual offerings.
- Mackenzie Creamery also has a wide selection of chevre options. Ohio Farm Direct offers grassfed cheeses in a range of flavors. AND Yellow House Cheese has blue cheese, from sheep or cow’s milk.
- Summit Croissants will package 6 freshly baked delicious croissants in a long stemmed rose box and deliver them to the recipients door. (Click here to order online.)
Have someone who will have healthy eating on their resolution list in 2014? Baker’s Fresh Produce & Honey offers gift certificates – both for their market stand and their CSA program. Talk about a gift that keeps on giving.
But wait! You can find non-food gifts at the market as well!
- Everyone’s head gets chilly in the winter. Thanks Marge! has crocheted cotton hats in a multitude of colors. Cotton dishcloths, headbands and water bottle holders are also available.
- For artists and all lovers of beautiful things, Kathie McCurdy Botanical Arts offers hand painted wine, cordial and martini glasses and serving dishes. You can also find pressed flower prints and cards, and felted flower pins.
- Glass by Leona has beautiful glass work pieces. From small to large, to accommodate anyone on your list.
- Paqarina Farm and Jewelry creates gorgeous statement necklaces, bracelets and rings crafted from found natural materials. Also check out the handsewn aprons in beautiful fabrics.
- Lazy Bee offers all kinds of delicious smelling stocking stuffers – soaps, lip balms, lotions. These also make great gifts for holiday gift exchanges at the office, or anywhere you need a small but wonderful item.
- Don’t forget your pooch! Or your pooch lover. Baked Earth makes dog treats that sound so scrumptious that I am tempted to try – Peanut Butter Pumpkin, Ginger Parsley, Anise Pear. They use locally sourced, high-quality ingredients – which doesn’t help me avoid the temptation. (For the record, despite my incessant need to snack, I have not succumbed yet…) For the holidays, you can get a beautiful glass jar – 10oz of cookies or 7oz of protein bark.