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5 Last-Minute Sustainable Food Gifts

5 Last-Minute Sustainable Food Gifts

Even though there’s only a few days left until Christmas, there’s still time to get your sustainable food loving friends some great gifts without ever having to set foot inside a mall or department store.

You can find most things online or you can find many at a local independent business or restaurant that will give you the added benefit of getting some yummy treats for yourself during this stressful time of year:

For those friends and loved ones that have a specific food favorite, check out Foodzie a site that you can search for local artisan food producers by zip code. A search of my area located local candy makers, cafes and restaurants, all of which sell products and/or gift certificates.

Maybe your recipients like to proudly display their food love on their clothing. If so, check out Evision Arts who has a wide assortment of t-shirts and hoodies. They also have other gifts like stainless steel water bottles, thermoses, and even ornaments. There is also a good selection of sustainable food gifts at Café Press.

One long-lasting gift is a membership or subscription to a CSA. To find one near the gift recipient, check Local Harvest.

While your food loving friends love to eat sustainable food, they also might love to support those who produce and promote it. Give them a membership to American Farmland Trust or Farm Aid both groups that work to preserve farmland and keep family farmers on the land. A membership will let your friend or loved one know that they are personally helping to ensure a continued source of sustainable food.

Or, you can give them a membership to Slow Food USA “a global, grassroots movement with thousands of members around the world that links the pleasure of food with a commitment to community and the environment.” Their programs promote local and regional foods, safeguard biodiversity, and connect people with their food and the people who grow it.

If you have someone on your list that is more into sustainable wine or beer than food, give them a biodynamic wine, or a microbrew from a local brewery.

And, if you aren’t sure what to get, you can never go wrong with a gift certificate to their favorite natural foods market, a food coop or local restaurant.

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Judi Gerber

Judi Gerber is a University of California Master Gardener with a certificate in Horticultural Therapy. She writes about sustainable farming, local foods, and organic gardening for multiple magazines. Her book Farming in Torrance and the South Bay was released in September 2008.


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6:31AM PDT on Jul 8, 2011

Thanks for the article.

9:35PM PDT on Jun 2, 2011

Thank you Judi. Great ideas!

12:44PM PDT on Apr 12, 2011

noted thx.

4:17AM PST on Jan 2, 2011


8:41PM PST on Dec 31, 2010


11:48PM PST on Dec 19, 2010

thanks for the article, i donate to favourite charities instead of gifts.

1:48PM PST on Dec 17, 2010


9:50AM PST on Dec 17, 2010

As always, Judi - Thank you so much for all your supportive posts! I hope you have a joy filled holiday season!

- Gretchen Hoffman
American Farmland Trust

4:46AM PST on Dec 17, 2010

Thanks for sharing.

10:32PM PST on Dec 16, 2010

noted, thanks...

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