Maple syrup, maple candy, and maple butter. Jams, jellies, and candies. Beeswax candles and honey. Wreaths, and wood crafts such as bowls, pens, cutting boards. Alcoholic beverages – beer, wine, hard cider, and hard liquor. Cheese! Teas, lotions, tinctures, (presented in a locally made mug). Wool products: yarn, sheepskins, and blankets. Baked goods: cookies, breads, cakes, flours in a tasteful basket. Popcorn, in a nice mason jar. Sausage or salami. Ingredients and the recipe for a winter stew.
Wouldn’t you be glad to receive something on that list this holiday season? All these local food and farm products are available at local stores or directly from the farms. Many of the stores participating in “The 19 Days of Norwich” (throughout the Upper Valley from Dec 1-19) will be carrying local food and farm products, and you can also find what you need in our Valley Food & Farm Guide.
Some great food gifts aren’t things: A gift certificate to a delicious locally sourcing restaurant. A donation in your name to a charitable food organization, or to your farmers’ market to support their ‘double your EBT dollars’ funds. Supporting the local economy tastes great!