Since the holiday shopping season is officially underway, I thought I'd re-post this list of gifts from our local farms and farmers' markets. Winter Markets are popping up all over the Hudson Valley. Stop by the Rhinebeck WINTER Farmers' Market for many of these items.
Chile Pepper Wreath from The River Garden
Also available: Chile Pepper Sprays, Wheat Wreaths, Dried Lavender Sachets and more.
Garlic Braids from Free Bird Farm
Give one of these garlic braids to the cook on your list. They are beautiful and practical…that’s my kind of gift.
This cassis is one of Clinton Vineyards best…and the kind of gift that would make me real happy. It’s great on its own, in a Kir or Kir Royale or even drizzled over vanilla ice cream.
Gourd Birdhouse from Osma Acres Farm
For the birds!
Hand Dipped Beeswax Candles from Ray Tousey
Ray Tousey is a beekeeper in Germantown, NY. He sells these handmade beeswax candles as well as honey products including comb honey and creamed honey.
Sheepskin Pelts from Awesome Farm
These pelts are so soft. I like to keep one by the fire so I can plop down on it to relax with a nice cup of cocoa. My almost brother-in-law is a pedi-cab driver in New York City, he keeps one in his pedi-cab so his riders can stay cozy….so many uses.
Why not add a little kick to the holiday eggnog? Tuthilltown Spirits is a small batch distillery in Gardiner, NY that uses locally grown ingredients.
Ahh, Pure Maple Syrup is one of nature’s precious gifts but it can be a little pricey so it’s always nice when it comes as a gift.
Mohair Socks from Buckwheat Bridge Angoras
Again, I think the best gifts are the little luxuries that most people are reluctant to splurge on for themselves.
The fiber for these comfy and colorful socks was grown, spun and knit on a small family farm and spinning mill in Germantown, NY that is powered with wind and solar power. The dyes are all environmentally friendly.
Local Cheeses: Berkshire Blue and Hudson Red can be found at Julia & Isabella
This is a wonderful book with gorgeous photos that celebrate the farms and farm families of the Hudson Valley.
Hudson Valley Mediterranean by Laura Pensiero
Laura Pensiero is the force behind Gigi Hudson Valley which includes Gigi Trattoria in Rhinebeck and Gigi Market in Red Hook. This is a lovely book filled with mouth watering recipes that are built around the bounty of the Hudson Valley.
Art Pack Heirloom Seed Collection from Hudson Valley Seed Library
A great gift for gardeners…The Hudson Valley Seed Library has put together a collection of sixteen heirloom seeds packets each featuring the artwork of a Hudson Valley artist. The Gift Basket itself is a functional seed-starting tray made of recycled papers with recycled shred, twine and biodegradable cellophane wrapping. Plus, each basket contains a packet of edible seeds dipped in a vegan chocolate coating. I love this gift!