Fresh & New: December 19-25

Alex Jones, Farmstand Product Manager It's the home stretch of our countdown to solstice, Christmas, Kwanzaa, 2014, etc. and I'm glad I got most parties, concerts, and get-togethers out of the way so I can get holiday planning this week. I happen to be traveling down south this year, which means I'll be transporting a trifecta of holiday treats: edible gifts, some additions to the big meal at my parents' house in Raleigh, and of course snacks for the ride down. Whether you're hunting for gifts, planning a celebration at home, or hitting the road, Fair Food is here to help you shop local this holiday.

 

Look no further than the Farmstand for local treats and ingredients to thrill any gourmand. For cheese lovers, shop our case for a wedge or two of the region's finest farmstead cheeses. Doe Run Farm's SEVEN SISTERS aged Gouda-style and Yellow Springs' subtle, sophisticated cave-aged FIELDSTONE or saffron-laced MELLOW YELLOW travel particularly well. Pick a jar of Tait Farm's preserves to pair with your selections, and baby, you've got a gift going. For the baker in your life, a bag of Daisy's CERTIFIED ORGANIC FLOUR plus a pound of Trickling Springs Creamery's CERTIFIED ORGANIC BUTTER and a selection of APPLES make an adorable local apple pie kit. And for the more serious shopper, Fair Food gift certificates are always available -- just ask a Fair Food staffer!

 

Still finalizing the menu for your holiday celebration? Pick up eye-catching produce like PURPLE CARROTS, a veritable rainbow of SWEET POTATOES, or a late-season treat of fragrant HYDROPONIC BASIL and beautiful HEIRLOOM TOMATOES from Cedar Meadow's high tunnels.

 

Check out our meat freezer for special occasion entrée ideas: Country Time Farms' PORK BUTT makes an amazing slow roast or pulled pork dish, and cuts of GRASS-FED LAMB from Jamison Farm make any dish a centerpiece. For intimate gatherings, pick up WHOLE CHICKENS from Griggstown Farm and try your hand at a variety of simple yet delicious preparations. And to feed a crowd, we've got a few hormone- and antibiotic-free TURKEYS (NATURALLY RAISED, HEIRLOOM BRONZE, and CERTIFIED ORGANIC) in our freezer for 20% off!

 

My travel snack strategy is to stock up on special treats that will get me through hours of roadway hassles. May I suggest Conebella Farm's raw Ayreshire milk CHEDDARS in to-die-for varieties like SMOKED JALAPENO and SHARP? To go with the cheese, pick up Riprap Baking's crisp SOURDOUGH CRACKERS and Epic Pickles' GARLIC DILLS (my favorite snack trio ever). Or grab Philly Bread's renowned PHILLY MUFFINS - and wesuggest bringing extra to share with your hosts!

 

Bobbi's hummus and Lancaster Farm Fresh's ORGANIC CARROTS make another great snack, and you'll want to have a few packs of Good Enough For Kids' healthy FOUR-SEED CRACKERS, WHOLE GRAIN GRAHAMS, RIGHTEOUS RAISIN BARS and FUDGY DATE CHOOS to keep you (and any young ones) happy without the sugar rush.

 

Whatever you're doing this holiday, have fun, stay safe, and eat local!

 

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