How can you give the gift of fresh local food for the holidays – especially if you’re in the colder northern parts of the country?
Never fear. Here are four great gifts you can give even if your local farmers’ market is closed for the season.
1. A window garden or kitchen herb garden.
Not all gardening involves kneepads and hip waders. You can grow all sorts of food right in the kitchen, all winter long. Try these ideas:
http://backtotheroots.com/We’ve grown oyster mushrooms (and declared them “delicious”) using these simple countertop kits. The kits are based on recycled coffee grounds so they smell very pleasant and are surprisingly mess-free.
http://www.windowfarms.org/This one’s a bit more ambitious and, alas, it won’t ship until March 2012 if you order today. But this vertical hydroponic growing kit offers the chance to grow herbs, peppers, and other treats.
Find other options on herbkits.com, on aerogarden.com, or just by looking around on Amazon.
2. A gift certificate to a restaurant featuring local/sustainable ingredients.
Who is the gift for and where do they live? Plug their zip code into our local food finder and see what restaurants in their area focus on local food.
3. Cookbooks focused on local recipes and ingredients.
Our book page has some favorites. http://www.myfreshlocal.com/books/ Find delicious and inspiring recipes from Mark Bittman, Alice Waters, and other great chefs with a passion for fresh food.
4. A CSA membership for next summer.
Many farms sell memberships early to help them plan for demand in the next growing season. A CSA membership means loads of fresh, local vegetables or other foods every week.
5. Gardening equipment.
After all – Spring is right around the corner!
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