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You get your fruits and veggies, your eggs and meat, your coffee and even your booze at the farmers market. So why not get your holiday gifts there too? Local gifts made by small farmers and producers are unique and personal and will benefit more than just the recipient. When you do your holiday shopping at farmers markets, your spending helps us grow a more sustainable mid-Atlantic foodshed. Here’s a gift guide broken down by personality type, which you can customize to suit your budget. If you still can’t decide, you can always purchase gift tokens online! The FRESHFARM Penn Quarter and H Street NE markets will be open through mid-December, while the Silver Spring and Dupont Circle markets are open year-round.

For the Self-Care Aficionado
Have a friend or family member who loves to self-pamper? We promise that they will adore small-batch handmade soaps, lotions, lip balms, and bath balls made with nourishing beeswax, goat milk, and sheep milk. Pick from Amalthea Ridge (H Street NE), Banner Bee Company (Silver Spring plus popping up at Dupont Circle 12/11 and 12/18), Belle's Acres (Silver Spring), and Shepherds Manor Creamery (Dupont Circle and Penn Quarter).

For the Home Mixologist 
Washington, DC is home to a handful of distilleries, and we are lucky to have many of them selling at our Penn Quarter and Dupont Circle markets. For your friends who love a good cocktail, consider stocking their liquor cabinet with local spirits. Choose from Don Ciccio & Figli at Dupont Circle 12/4, 12/11, and 12/18; New Columbia Distillers at Penn Quarter weekly and at Dupont Circle 12/11; One Eight Distilling at Dupont Circle 12/4 and 12/18; and Right Proper Brewing at Penn Quarter and Dupont Circle weekly. Looking for mixers? Lindera Farms (at Silver Spring and Dupont Circle the next three weekends) has delicious gourmet vinegars that will bring your cocktails to the next level. Gordy’s Pickle Jar (Dupont Circle and Silver Spring) has canned brine and Bloody Mary mix, but if you are shopping for a chili-head, we suggest you get the aptly named Birth of Pain Bloody Mary Mix from Toigo Orchards (Dupont Circle and Penn Quarter).

While our Silver Spring market doesn’t have spirits, it does have a nice line-up of Maryland-made wines and ciders rotating at the December markets: Boordy Vineyards is at market 12/3, 12/10, and 12/17; Country Pleasures Farm throughout December; Distillery Lane Ciderworks 12/3; Elk Run Vineyards 12/10 and 12/17;  Knob Hall Winery 12/10 and 12/24; Milkhouse Brewery 12/17; and Rocklands Farm Winery 12/3.

For the Avid Entertainer
The perfect gift for somebody who loves to entertain are the makings for an all-local cheese and charcuterie board. Hit up Straw Stick & Brick (Dupont Circle, Penn Quarter, and Silver Spring) and Urban Butcher (Silver Spring) for cured meats and pâté. Grab cheese--choose from goat, cow, or sheep--from Clear Spring Creamery (Dupont Circle and Silver Spring), FireFly Farms (Dupont Circle), Keswick Creamery (Dupont Circle), Shepherds Manor Creamery (Dupont Circle and Penn Quarter), Shepherd’s Whey Creamery (Penn Quarter and Silver Spring), and Spring Gap Mountain Creamery (Silver Spring). For spreads and dips, look no further than Baklava Couture (Dupont Circle and Silver Spring). Round out your gift with small-batch jams from Atwater’s (Dupont Circle, H Street NE, and Silver Spring) and Three Springs Fruit Farm (Silver Spring) or pickles from Fresh Crunch (Dupont Circle) and Number 1 Sons (all markets). If you want to pull out the stops,  throw in a hand-carved wood cutting board from Full Cellar Farm (H Street NE)!

For the Brunch Lover 
If you’re shopping for somebody who loves brunch, give them the fixings to make their own! Get breads and pastries from Atwater’s (Dupont Circle, H Street NE, and Silver Spring), O Earth Creamery + Bakehouse (Dupont Circle), Old World Breads (Dupont Circle and Penn Quarter), Patisserie Poupon (Dupont Circle), or Talking Breads (Dupont Circle and Silver Spring). Grab a dozen pastured eggs (get to market early to have your pick!) and throw in some breakfast sausage or bacon from Cedarbrook Farm (Dupont Circle and H Street NE), Ecofriendly Foods (Dupont Circle), or Evensong Farm (Penn Quarter and Silver Spring), and some S & S Maple Camp maple syrup (Dupont Circle). A pint of cream from Clear Spring Creamery (Dupont Circle and Silver Spring) and a pound of coffee from Zeke’s Coffee (Dupont Circle, H Street NE, and Penn Quarter) will round things out perfectly.

Pictured above, clockwise from top left: beeswax products from BannerBee Company, whiskey from One Eight Distilling, tomato jam from Three Springs Fruit Farm, and scones from Talking Breads

 


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