Tuesday, December 18, 2018

Holiday Gift Ideas for Your Favorite Locavores

Trish Watlington of Two Forks Farm (and former owner of The Red Door) is the founder of Farm to Fork San Diego, a membership organization of local farmers, chefs/restaurants, fishermen, distilleries, wineries, caterers, and related professionals that focuses on supporting local food, farm families and their workers, and reducing greenhouse gas emissions by lowering the number of miles food travels to the plate. Farm to Fork San Diego helps consumers and others interested in supporting this mission by verifying through local farmers that participating chefs and restaurants are actually buying from them. 

Now I can only think of two times I've let someone guest post on San Diego Foodstuff in the blog's 11 (almost 12) years. But as a member of Farm to Fork San Diego I want to help Trish highlight some of the amazing offerings other members have for holiday gifting. So, I'm turning today's post over to Trish. You'll love these unique gift ideas!

Struggling to find fabulous gifts and stay true to supporting local farms, friends, and neighbors? Or maybe you’re just looking for something unique or delicious that your family or co-workers will absolutely love. Farm to Fork San Diego has the perfect gift guide for San Diegans who want to pick up a fabulous gift and stay close to home.

Fork over a locavore feast with these unique tokens of holiday giving.

Cider from award winning Bivouac Ciderworks, brewed right in North Park is a rich, refreshing, complex and intoxicating beverage good for any occasion.

Farm to Table gift baskets from Garden Kitchen’s 100 percent scratch kitchen are full of local artisan jams, pickles, tea towels and soaps. Stop by Garden Kitchen to pick one up.

How about a little glitz and glam with gourmet local food. Grab a gift card to Kettner Exchange or gift tickets to any of the their upcoming events.

Go hog wild with some tickets to BIGA’s Third Anniversary Hog Roast.

Find holiday cheer and locavore luxuries at the Little Italy Wednesday or Saturday markets. From apples to zany custom creations, San Diego Markets have everything for everyone.

Make a memory with friends and family.

Join a cooking or gardening class at Olivewood Gardens. Meet new friends, learn new skills, and enjoy a day in a beautiful organic garden. All proceeds support the garden and nutrition education programs at Olivewood Gardens and Learning Center.

Grab some of your favorite folks and build a private food, farm, and libation tour. Whether your group is 4 or 40, Epicurean San Diego has an experience just for you.

Relax with friends, music and wine at Ramona Ranch Winery while selecting unique gifts including award-winning wines, jewelry, gift cards, and more from specialty vendors and family artisans.

Outfit the gardener in your life.

Our friend Nan Sterman, host of KPBS TV’s A Growing Passion, has the perfect book for plant lovers wanting beauty while still being mindful of water saving. Order a signed copy of Hot Color, Dry Garden or any of Nan’s books here.

Mission Hills Nursery can fill all your gardening gifts from gnomes to tools. Or stop by to pick up a Christmas tree. 

Buy them Soil Food, humus-rich compost made locally in small batches, or a compost bin to make their own. Food2Soil is a compost collective reducing the amount of food waste that lands in landfills.

Gift locally grown and climatically adapted seeds from our very own San Diego Seed Company. Choose some of your favorite varieties or buy a gift certificate so that gardeners can choose their own.

Or check out all the local member farms, restaurants, and businesses at www.farmtoforksd.com.

And join us January 12-19, 2019 for Farm 2 Fork San Diego's Local Libations Week, focusing on local beverages and their place with and without food. Caron promises more information here on the various events coming up, but we launch at BIGA with their Third Annual Hog Roast and tap takeover on the 12th (see above).

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!

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