FOOD, GIFT, LOCAL is my shopping mantra this holiday season, and the good news is I’ve found it all in one place, here in Boston. This is my “something for everyone on your list (even kids and furry friends), all in one stop, most of it edible” gift guide. I’m keeping it local – all the products are from New England farms, artisans or businesses – and for people who procrastinate – everything can be found at The Boston Public Market for one-stop shopping.
1 Put a spicy little package together for Taco Tuesday lovers with Mexican Seasoning ($8/jar) from Soluna Garden Farm plus Kitchen Garden Farm’s Salsa ($10) made from organic veggies grown on the family farm and Sriracha (Original $10, Habanero $12). All of the products are available at the Siena Farms booth.
2 Q’s Nuts (3 – 2.5oz packages for $10) has an endless variety of creative flavor combos dressing up it’s pecans, almonds, cashews and peanuts. Plus, the recipes are vegan, gluten, dairy and soy free! Choose 3 and make it a sweet dessert mix or go for a savory, spicy, sweet sampler. Bananas Foster Pecans are definitely the gift for my dad.
3 Pure Comb Honey from Boston Honey Company (6oz for $13 ; 12oz for $24) is original, sweet and packaged in a tiny, perfect gift box easy to wrap and travel. Cut the comb just like butter and eat all of it (the wax too!). I paired it with a cow’s milk cheese called Maggie’s Round from Cricket Creek Farm (available at the Appleton Farms booth) and the whole bite melted in my mouth.
4 Try a Lavender Pouch ($8 each) to freshen a drawer or a Succulent in a Celfie Pot (small size $15, larger size $25) to bring life to a small space. Both seem just right for friends in college or new apartments and both are available from Stow Greenhouses.
5 Don’t forget furry friends! Chestnut Farms offers Homemade Beef, Chicken & Duck Dog Food ($9.99/lb) and Beef Marrow Bones ($4.99/lb) – both sold frozen – for our pals on 4 legs and the humans that care for them.
6 Salad Tossers from Peterman’s Boards and Bowls (small size $30, larger $40) are the ultimate hostess gift or stocking stuffer for people who love to entertain. And, they ship anywhere in the U.S.
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7 A Red’s Best gift card (any amount) gives someone the gift of fresh, local caught seafood and supports small-boat fishermen. Plus, the fish can be delivered to your home. Use the gift card to stop by the eatery at the market for prepared lunches and to-go boxes (fish tacos, I’m looking at you).
8 The Cook Slab from American Stonecraft (Sizes vary from Small to XXL, $50-$110) has been the best addition to our grilling repertoire (scallops and fish cooked perfectly) but you can also use it to cook tableside! Every cook slab purchase includes a carrying handle (to easily pick up from a hot grill), wooden trivet and cleaning brush. Orders over $100 ship free so consider far-flung gift needs for these incredible stones.
9 Can’t get to Paris? Gift a dessert lover a Finesse Pastries French macaron class ($120) held at its Somerville location. Wrap up the gift card with a sample of the final product (my current fave is the vanilla birthday cake!).
10 Siena Farms Kids Share (12 weeks for $500 or 6 weeks for $250) includes a year’s subscription to ChopChop Magazine, a quarterly cooking mag for kids, and is an incredible way to give kids their very own place in the kitchen with their very own ingredients. Why not add in a copy of Fresh Made Simple, my easy illustrated cookbook that families love?! Cookbook ($18) available at Red Apple Farm.