Tis' the Season for Local Favorites
Browse the Utah's Own producer directory for more local gift ideas for everything from farm fresh foods, body care products, pet products, local restaurants, artisan goods, and more.
We often view Thanksgiving as the sunset of a bountiful harvest celebrated with local turkey, potatoes, squash and fresh apple pie. And while the majority of Utah’s farmland is dormant during the holidays, there are still plenty of creative ways to support local farmers and food artisans during this festive season.
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Winter or Annual CSA Shares:
Utah is having a record year for CSA (Community Supported Agriculture) enrollments during the 2020 farm season. CSA’s are a partnership between farmer and consumer - the consumer agrees to pay for the share of farm products varying from consisting solely of vegetables to subscriptions containing an assortment of locally grown foods. A CSA gives the consumer the chance to be a part of the joys and risks of farming with a specific region.
Several Utah farms offer winter or annual CSA shares that include fresh produce easily grown in a temperature controlled hoop house or greenhouse. Winter shares also have an abundance of winter squashes perfect for farmstead soup recipes - complete with locally baked bread and handcrafted cheese. Depending on the CSA you can sign up for a monthly subscription or sign on for a specific season.
For those hesitant to invest in a winter share, consider giving the gift of next season. Contact your local CSA to compare prices and offerings for the ideal farm-fresh gift.
The gift of experience is perhaps the most meaningful for modern day families - a chance to escape from the monotony of everyday life to experience the wonder and beauty of agriculture.
For those looking to create memories this holiday season, consider taking a cooking class offered at a local farm. For example Red Acre Farm (Cedar City) will be teaching a hands-on sourdough bread course, as well as a farmstead pie class in November; while Heber Valley Cheese (Midway) is teaching a farmstead mozzarella course.
For those looking to experience the magic of Christmas on the farm - Petersen Family Farm (Riverton) features fresh-cut Christmas trees, a holiday market and evening wagon rides. Travel to northern Utah to meet Santa’s Reindeer at Rocking Reindeer Ranch (West Haven) or head south to visit Staheli Family Farms (Washington) who invite the public to enjoy the people and animals cast in a live nativity while also collecting food for their local food pantry.
Finally, consider gifting an experience via a gift card - several farms offer a summer farm camp, baby animal days, blossom festivals and more. Follow your favorite farm along with Utah’s Own on social media and subscribe to our local Utah’s Own consumer email list for regular features on farm events.
Aggie Creamery, Beehive Cheese, Drake Family Farms, Finney Farm, Gold Creek Farms, Gossner Foods, Heber Valley Artisan Cheese, Hollow Creek, Mesa Farms, Park City Creamery, Rockhill Creamery, The Creamery
Utah boasts some of the best cheese makers in the world - from cheddar to Swiss and gouda to tomme. Producer-owned/supported stores like Gossner Foods (Logan), Heber Valley Artisan Cheese (Midway) and The Creamery (Beaver) offer large farm store selections to easily build your own holiday platter or gift box. Consider gifting a monthly or quarterly subscription from Beehive Cheese or Gold Creek Farms to extend your generosity all year round.
For those looking to buy a gift box supporting various local cheesemakers, the Utah Cheese Awards offers the perfect solution - a Deluxe Plate Package - offering 2.5 pounds of assorted award-winning cheeses featuring six different makers, plus complimentary sauces (one spicy, one savory). The price is reasonable and includes free three-day shipping.
Bean to Bar Chocolate:
Sauver named Utah the “country’s epicenter of chocolate innovation” as early as 2016. Chocolatiers like Art Pollard (Amano), AJ Wentworth (Chocolate Conspiracy) and Anna Davies (Ritual) have transferred the world’s best cacao beans into beautiful handcrafted bites of heaven.
Bean-to-bar chocolate is easily found at your local specialty grocery store for about $6 to $15 per bar depending on the chocolatier. Like cheese, you can also find a variety of subscriptions that extend the indulgence throughout the year. For those looking to learn more about chocolate consider gifting a virtual tasting/class from Caputo's Market (Salt Lake City) or Taste Artisan Chocolate (Orem).
Looking for more information - this Deseret News Article features nine Utah chocolatiers.
Similar to bean-to-bar chocolate, Utah coffee roasters seek to provide consumers with unique coffees sourced from sustainable and specialty coffee beans from throughout the world.
Perhaps most admirable to our coffee community is that many roast for a cause. Coffee Chicks (Park City) seeks to empower women through employment, education and ownership opportunities. This holiday season they’ll be releasing two signature holiday roasts: Holiday Buzz & Holiday Jolly to give you the extra umph to survive the season. Superbloom Coffee Roasters (Santa Clara) crafts their blend to benefit the desert and its inhabitants; true to their mission they package their coffee compostable bags. For the animal lovers, Mighty Cup of Coffee and Hugo Coffee seek to help homeless animals and offer a coffee delivery service right to your front door.
Explore the many blends and purchase options available for your holiday needs - and don’t forget to treat yourself this season!