Countryside Farmers’ Market Gift Guide ~ Week 3

~ 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 for Delicious Holiday Meals!

(In case you the previous posts – Gifts from Our Fabulous Vendors! (click here) and Gifts from Countryside Conservancy, (click here).)

The holiday meals can be a gift for everyone involved. Here are some options to make it the tastiest and healthiest gift possible.

Red Run Buffalo Farm suggests a Buffalo Brisket. And this easy preparation method – spend less time in the kitchen and more time celebrating! (Contact Steve at 330.472.2216 to order ahead of time.)

Place a Red Run Buffalo brisket in a crock pot or oven and  salt and pepper both sides; cover with 1 sliced onion, 1 jar of sauerkraut ( rinsed); ½ cup wine ( not cooking wine);1/2 cup brown sugar; and 1 Sliced apple.  You can just put everything on top the brisket and mix it up a little. Cook on high for 6 hrs. in the crock pot; or on 325 degrees in the oven for 3 hours. Remove and slice; Thicken the broth unstrained to make a great gravy. The brisket will be tender and delicious. Serve with mashed potatoes.

Brunty Farms has half (7-11 pounds) and whole (14-22 pounds) hams available. Brunty hogs are pastured, hickory smoked and have no nitrates or nitrites added. Here is Mel’s go-to glaze and method: 

Warm ham at 325 for approximately 8 minutes per pound. 
Combine the following in a saucepan:
  • 1 cup dark brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup pineapple juice
  • 1/2 cup honey
  • 1 orange, juiced and zested
  • A pinch of ground cloves
  • A pinch of nutmeg
  • A pinch of ground ginger
  • 2 tablespoons dijon mustard

Take the ham out and baste with glaze.  Return to oven, basting every 10 minutes, for an additional 30 minutes.  Slice and devour!

Brunty Farms also offers a couple festive lamb options – Frenched style leg of lamb and rack of lamb. (Contact Mel at 330.594.7315 or to reserve ham or lamb.)
Perhaps you are entertaining or want to supplement your homemade main dish with some prepared appetizers?
McCoy’s Custom Catering is offering a selection of hot or cold catered appetizers. (Contact Dan at 330.571.7696 or
  • Hot – Italian Meatball Splash; Italian Sweet Sausage with grilled peppers, onions and cheese; Mediterranean Beef and Chicken Satay; Mexican Quesadilla; Indian Curried Chicken
  • Cold – Grilled Veg Tray; Mediterranean Platter; Fruit Salad; Greek Spanakopita Platter; Smoked Meats and Fine Imported Cheeses; Assorted Mini Sandwich Platter.
Ms. Julie’s Kitchen has a wide range of vegan dishes – perfect to easily expand your table for your non-meat-eating friends and family. Ms. Julie’s creations are so delicious, your meat and dairy loyalists won’t even question them. Ms. Julie will definitely have her wonderful sauerkraut balls on hand on Saturday – in half and whole dozens. Call her (330.819.3834)  ahead of time to find out what other goodies she’ll have available, or to pre-order. 
The market will also be packed with fresh greens, lots of winter roots, cheeses, breads and desserts, perfect for that holiday party or special meal.
Hope to see you on Saturday – we won’t be back again until January 18th, so now is the time to stock up beyond the holidays as well.
Happy Holidays!!!



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