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.
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.