Three FRESHFARM Markets are open the next few weeks before the Winter Solstice, Christmas and Kwanzaa, so you have plenty of choices for holiday gifts that could include baskets of fresh fruits (Gold Rush or Pink Lady apples and Asian or Bosc pears), veggies (Broccoli Romanesco, Kale, Carrots, Watermelon Radishes) and cheeses (Blue Ridge Dairy’s burrato to Clare’s camembert to Firefly Farm’s fresh chevre to Everona Dairy’s sheep’s milk Piedmont). Add Toigo Orchard’s bourbon peaches, organic fruit preserves from Country Pleasures or spiced apple butter from Black Rock Orchard or Quaker Valley Orchards for a market holiday sampler!
Give a weekly home pick up subscription to Compost Cab for only $32 per month. Your gift will include a counter top collection basket for kitchen scraps like veggie peelings, banana peels and coffee grounds plus an airtight bin with a sturdy compostable bag to fill with those scraps. Every week Compost Cab picks up the bin bag, leaving behind a new bin and bag. Your kitchen scraps become part of the composting at urban farms like Eco-City Farms or the Washington Youth Garden at the National Arboretum, helping these farms to improve their soil and grow more healthy food.
For the organic food lover on your list, consider a Community Support Agriculture (CSA) membership to Spiral Path Farm. 2013 marks the 20th year of Spiral Path Farm’s CSA deliveries which include a wide variety of fresh, 100% organic produce delivered weekly to our Silver Spring FRESHFARM Market. A family-size full share for 36 weeks mid-April through December is only $28.25 per week; a medium share is $20 per week. Their June Sampler for 5 weeks of food is available in full and medium shares ranging in price from $100 to $141.25 for the season. Spiral Path also offers gift certificates for the holidays. Contact the farm here or call 717.789.4433 to find out more Mon.-Fri., 8am to 2:30pm.
Handcrafted soaps are perfect gifts for family and friends and Harmony Creek Farm makes it hard to choose just one! Every batch of soap is made by hand in small batches using the finest olive oil, essential oils or fragrances and herbs and flowers from the farm. Find classic soaps such as French Lavender and Sandalwood to whimsical soaps like ‘Heaven Can Wait’ and ‘Gladiator Exfoliator.’ You can find a soap to match every personality on your holiday list. Harmony Creek also has soaps for your cats and dogs! Beautifully packaged or individually sliced, you will also receive free gift bags with purchases at our Penn Quarter and Dupont Circle FRESHFARM Markets.
More sweetness this holiday season from S&S Maple Camp of Corriganville, MD and farmer Leo Shinholt who learned maple sugaring from his grandfather. You will find their Grade A and B maple syrup and maple candies at our Penn Quarter and Dupont Circle FRESHFARM Markets.
Banner Bee’s honey was rated by Maryland Life magazine as one of the finest products in the National Capital Region. You can find their honey and 100% beeswax candles including festive holiday shapes and tapers at our Silver Spring FRESHFARM Market.
You may decide that the gift of choice is best, so purchase our “Market Dollars” gift certificates here. Sold in $5 increments, these “Market Dollars” can be used on any purchase at any FRESHFARM Market during 2013.
Happy holidays from the staff and farmers/producers at FRESHFARM Markets!
~ Bernadine Prince, FRESHFARM Markets Co-Founder and Co-Executive Director