Fresh & New: February 12 - 18

Peggy Paul Casella, Resident Wordsmith (and Farmstand Associate) Valentine's Day is only two days away, and if you're still scrambling to find the perfect gift for your sweetheart, just take a deep breath and head to the Farmstand. From candies and chocolates to beauty products, honey, coffees, and cheese, we've got you covered.

Does your sweetie have a sweet tooth? You'll be sure to satisfy with a gift box from John & Kira's Chocolates. Pick up a 3-pack of salted caramels, Honey Caramel Bees, or Praline Ladybugs, or go all out with one of their 9-piece boxes--the Lovebug box of assorted Bees and Ladybugs, or the Valentine's box of assorted chocolate butterflies (filled with hazelnut-almond praline) and hearts (filled with coconut rum caramel).

Is caffeine more his/her thing? Pick up a tin of loose-leaf tea from the Random Tea Room or a bag of locally roasted coffee beans from ReAnimatorSquare One, or Philly Fair Trade Roasters. Paired with some honey from The Honeybee Shoppe, a bag of Patterson Farm's maple sugar, or a container of Spring Hills' or Emerick's maple syrup, it will make for the perfect gift.

For your favorite cheese lover, you can't go wrong chèvre hearts from Shellbark Hollow Farm, which come in two different flavors: Red & Pink Peppercorn, and Lavender & Herbes de Provence.

Still stumped? Why not pamper your honey with some all-natural Rose Body Powder and Beet & Hibiscus Lip Stain from Stinky Girl or a few sumptuous goat milk soaps from Misty Creek Goat Dairy? Or make a delicious care package with Maple Walnut Butter from PB & Jams, Sunflower Butter from The Lancaster Food Co., and Raspberry Chocolate Sauce or rosy-hued preserves from Tait Farm Foods.

To sweeten the pot even more, we'll throw in free gift wrapping* if you purchase $25 or more of the items mentioned in this week's newsletter. So go on and spread the (locally-sourced) love!

(*While supplies last, now until Saturday, 2/14. Mention the "Sweets for my Sweet" promotion at the register to get your free gift wrapping.)