In addition to the homemade granola, various wine vinegars, apricot butter, rose-red raspberry liqueur, and don't forget the prunes in armagnac, the Farmer's Marketeer has been cataloging a few of the things she's considering for holiday treats for her family this year.
As The Little Prince says "It is very simple. It is only with the heart that one can see rightly; what is essential is invisible to the eye." In the spirit of coming from the heart, (and of course gifts you make yourself are always from the heart) here is a list of things that I'm pretty sure were made with love.
Arbor Teas - Fair Trade, organic teas with many samplers. Nice enviro packaging and free delivery in Ann Arbor! The Earl Grey smells divine.
Bloodroot Press - Jean's most beautiful handmade books.
Cleverlotus Design - Lovely papercut native flower/plant and fruit/vegetable designs. Cards, prints, and A Year in Native Plants from Great Lakes calendars, and more.
Cohoctah Honey Works - Michigan honeys, beeswax candles, herbal soaps, and more. Saturdays at the Ann Arbor Farmer's Market.
Community Farm of Ann Arbor - wreaths, hand salve, chapsticks, and more at the AA Farmer's Market on Saturdays until Christmas.
Community Farm Kitchen - new this season a CSA for baked goods!
Dancing Crane Honey - proceeds from this year's Piette/Kimata family-made honey are being donated to Dawn Farm, a facility to help addicts and alcoholics achieve long-term recovery.
Eve - the cookbook, along with her special spice mixes, seems like a total "Mom" gift.
Food for Thought Jams - Organic, Michigan-made jams available at the People's Food Co-op.
Green Toe Gardens Wild Detroit Honey - "Inner city honey with an ever-changing flavor," available at the Royal Oak Farmer's Market and Avalon Bread.
JK Scrumpy Hard Cider - Celebrate with Jim Koan's organic hard cider, made in Flushing, Michigan using pure straight apple juice, not concentrate. Sold in town - not sure where.
Jolly Pumpkin Beer - opening soon on Liberty, but available now at the Ann Arbor Party Store.
Lazy Gal Fiber Arts - Martha's beautiful felted pillows, scarves, blankets from recycled sweaters and woolens. Also available at Heavenly Metal.
Maite's Chocolates - delicious handmade South American "alfajores artesnales" - delicate cookies, sandwiching dulce de leche all dipped in chocolate. Two new flavors: almond and coffee. Yum! Available Saturdays at the Ann Arbor Farmer's Market.
Mighty Good Coffee - roasted Monday and Thursday, delivered to you Tuesday and Friday.
Mill Pond Bread - in addition to other 100% organic breads, for the holidays John does special baking of stollen, lebkuchen, cranberry walnut bread, and other delicious treats. NEW - Mill Pond is offering a bread CSA! That would be a great gift...
Never Dull Knife Sharpening - at the Ann Arbor Farmer's Market Saturdays. Newly sharpened knives for the new year is the best gift to give the cook in the family.
Tammy's Truffles - Tammy's chocolate flavors include "Mighty Good Coffee," chestnut, lavender caramel, Earl Grey, single malt scotch, rosemary lemon, cardamom, and many more.
TR Durham's Tracklements - not only is some of TR's smoked salmon (or other delicacies) a perfect Christmas gift, he also has a new Smoked Seafood Cookbook.
Such Pretty Colors - bright and lovely table linens, quilts, baby things.
Sweet Gem Confections - handmade chocolates and truffles at Morgan and York.
Westwind Milling - I've seen their flour at our local Plum Market, but it's more fun to go and visit the mill up in Linden, Michigan where they have lots of other Michigan-grown and produced items.
To laugh often and much, to win the respect of intelligent people
and the affection of children, to earn the appreciation of honest
critics and endure the betrayal of false friends, to appreciate beauty,
to find the best in others, to leave the world a bit better, whether
by a healthy child, a garden patch, or a redeemed social condition,
to know even one life has breathed easier because you have lived.
This is to have succeeded. -- Ralph Waldo Emerson