Be a Hero this Holiday Season
The FruitGuys Farmer's Kitchen Gift
Each unique Farmer's Kitchen gift includes locally grown produce and two specialty items from family farms.
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Yellow Eye Beans (1 lb bag) - Rancho Gordo, Napa, CA
This lovely legume comes from Rancho Gordo, Napa Valley’s heirloom heroes with their intrepid sourcing of specialty beans. Owner Steve Sando, seed saver extraordinaire, tracks down oral histories to find seeds for American heritage beans. Yellow Eye beans are new to his colorful collection—they are dense, creamy, and delicious, and can be used anywhere you might use Navy or Great Northern beans. They can turn otherwise lackluster dishes into a feast. And since Rancho Gordo’s dried beans are fresh (unlike commercially produced dried beans, which can be years old), they require less soaking.
Cinnamon Gravenstein Apple Sauce (24 oz jar) - Nana Mae’s Organics, Sonoma County, CA
The picture of the old-fashioned lady on the label isn’t an empty gesture. That’s Nana Mae, owner Paul Kolling’s great-grandmother. She was a farmer and created healthy foods for her kids—as Paul and his wife Kendra now do as well. Their family lives and breathes apples. Paul has knit together a network of 400 acres of organic apple orchards in Sonoma County. This has helped many orchard owners keep their land in apples and not have to resort to growing grapes. The environment also benefits, with the preservation of open space and crop diversity—and land critters and water are protected from chemical contamination. “Being able to work on properties all over the county gives me a strong connection to the people and the land,” says Paul. That’s the special flavor in Nana Mae’s Cinnamon Gravenstein Apple Sauce.
Spring Wildflower Honey (5 oz jar) - Two Gander Farm, Fleetwood, PA
Bees are always thinking about the future. And when buzzing around the fields near Fleetwood, PA, dipping into honeysuckle, black locust flowers, and other spring wildflower blossoms, they were thinking about this honey. Two Gander Farm harvests its Spring Wildflower honey from hives placed throughout Burke, Chester, and Montgomery Counties on farms and some private meadows. With such a wide array of wildflowers, the balance of flavors is unique from jar to jar and from season to season. A taste of spring in winter, this delicious honey is raw—in its most pure state, unstrained and unheated.
2 Herbal Tea Blends (1/2 cup of each tea)- Willow Pond Farm, Fairfield, PA
Madeline Wajda of Willow Pond Farm knows how working with plants can lead to getting involved in many things. She and her husband lived in Paris for four years, where she learned to cook. “In France, they cook with a lot more herbs than we do here.” When they returned, they began their herb farm and store. Madeline makes an array of herbal products and gifts, including bath and body products as well as edibles and teas. Lavender Blues Balm herbal tea is a delicious blend of lavender, rosemary, lemon balm, and mint; and Spicy Blend herbal tea combines lemon verbena, chamomile, orange peel, rosemary, and cinnamon. Both are caffeine-free loose teas.
Flower Valley Reusable Tea Bags
A 3-pack of reusable 100% cotton bags (3"x5"), ideal for steeping loose tea!
Organic Apple Butter (8.5 oz jar) - Earth First Farms, Berrien Center, Michigan
Earth First Farms’ award-winning Apple Butter is all apple—100%, to be exact. Made by Cooper’s Mill in Bucyrus, Ohio (from a recipe by proprietor Dave Cooper’s grandmother), this sweet and tangy spread is made with Earth First Farms’ own Golden Delicious and Empire apples. Boiled cider is the only sweetener. It’s great on buttered toast, biscuits, or pancakes, or on pretzels as an after-school snack. It’s an excellent stand-in for Jelly in PB&J sandwiches, and can even add a lovely apple twist to all different kinds of beverages.
Organic Whole Wheat Flour (2 lb bag) - Ted’s Organic Grains, DeKalb, IL; and Heritage Prairie Farm, Elburn, IL
Four generations of the Weydert family have farmed grain. Due to the exceptional care they’ve taken with their land, they easily transitioned to organic practices, now calling the farm Ted’s Organic Grains. Heritage Prairie Organic Farm in Elburn, IL, recognized this special quality and chose Ted’s grains to use for the flours they stone-grind on the farm in a style that preserves the unique flavors and textures of the grain. Perfect for all your favorite recipes!
Medium Salsa (15.5 oz jar) - Phoenix Salsa Company, Phoenix, AZ
“Well, it’s got a little kick to it,” says proprietor Kristen Miesel. Kristen’s Medium Salsa is the salsa to watch. It’s been getting the nod from discerning customers in a very salsa-savvy region. The key to this fabulous dip is that it’s based on peppers. Many salsas are based on tomatoes (and this has some), but Kristen has selected a variety of fresh, local chili peppers for her concoction, such as Jalapeño, Yellow Hot or Banana Peppers, and Anaheim. She knows her ingredients and works only with local produce providers. “It’s about as fresh and local as you can get.”
Honey Bears, Desert Wildflower and Cat’s Claw Varieties (4 oz each jar) - Absolutely Delightful Arizona Honey, Phoenix, AZ
Eleanor Dziuk raised her family on honey. Ten years ago, she realized that local honey was underrepresented at markets in her area, so she now represents bees and their keepers from Buckeye, Camp Verde, Flagstaff, Mesa, Lake Pleasant, and Wickenburg. These bees collect nectar from area wildflowers and cactus blossoms, and the flora imbues the honey with a flavor unique to the Phoenix area. Varieties include Desert Wildflower and Cat’s Claw.
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