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A message from our friends at the Pacific Coast Farmers’ Market Association:
It’s that time of year again. What should you give Aunt Mildred? What would your sister like for a gift? What would make a nice hostess gift for the neighborhood party? Well, the farmers’ market has your problem solved. It’s the place to come for unique, different, and California-grown holiday gifts!
For the foodie, fill a basket with California olive oils, balsamic vinegars, artisan cheeses, fresh-baked breads, and dried fruits and nuts. Or make up a basket packed with winter fruit, local honey, breads, and recipes for making fruit spreads. And you can always make a basket brimming with fresh vegetables and soup recipes to make them happy!
For Mom, you can assemble a basket of handmade artisan soaps, lotions, lip balms, and bath salts. Add a soothing CD of her favorite songs and you’re all set! And give her a big bouquet of gorgeous cut flowers, too!
Dad would enjoy an assortment of different cuts of fresh grass-fed beef, smoked fish, and an assortment of sauces for the grill. Add a grilling tool set for a special touch.
The gardener in your life would love to receive some nursery stock. A poinsettia or flower bulbs or potted plants would do the trick. Add some gardening gloves and a trowel to complete your gift.
Don’t forget to deliver a gift to those who need a little sunshine in their lives. Pick out several bags of oranges and other fresh winter produce and deliver to a food bank near you to be distributed to those less fortunate. And take a selection of fruits and vegetables, cheeses, and breads to an elderly neighbor who doesn’t get out much.
Avoid the frantic pace of the shopping mall and the rush of traffic. Take time at the farmers’ market to enjoy your gift-finding sojourn. Stroll the aisles and really savor the season!
Start your holiday parties off right and treat your guests to delicious healthy appetizers made with amazing market-fresh ingredients.
Endive Orange Bites
- 24 endive leaves, separated
- 1 red onion, diced
- 4 oranges, peeled, coarsely chopped
- 4 ounces creamy goat cheese
- Freshly ground pepper
- Balsamic vinaigrette
- Wash endive leaves, pat dry and arrange on a platter. Peel and chop oranges, dice onion. Break goat cheese into small pieces. In a bowl, mix onion, oranges, cheese, pepper, and a drizzle of vinaigrette, to taste. Place a large spoonful of the mixture onto each endive leaf. Garnish with fresh mint, if desired. Serve chilled. Recipe: Debra Morris, PCFMA.
We wish you all Happy Holidays from your local farmers and the staff at Pacific Coast Farmers’ Market Association!
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