Check out this list of stylish gifts that support biodiversity, organic agriculture, and healthy eating. The origins of these lovingly selected items range from as far away as the island nation of Grenada to as close as your local farmers market. I hope this list helps you get your shopping done in a way that supports your love of Mother Earth!
Farmer’s Market Gift Basket
Go to your local farmer’s market and get things that were handmade by your friendly neighborhood food artisans. Choose from items that will last a while like jam, honey, nuts, pretzels, and dried fruit, and fresh foods that should be consumed right away like cheese, bread, fruit, and baked treats. Put everything in a basket or a prettily decorated box.
Fashionable Notes Farmer’s Market Shopping Bags
Plastic bags are a fashion faux pas. But any fashionista would be proud to be seen flinging veggies into Atlanta designer Aubrey Lenyard’s reusable shopping bags. He even makes ones especially for dudes.
Soda Stream Seltzer Machine
Bubbly seltzer water, any time you want it — minus the disposable plastic bottles! Just fill the reusable bottle with water, fizz with a carbonation cartridge, and flavor with juice, optional flavor packs, or drink it plain. Once the cartridges are spent, send them back to the company to be recycled.
Grenada Organic Chocolate Bars
These truly divine dark chocolate bars come from the island of Grenada in the Caribbean. According to the company, this is the only chocolate that is made into bars right where the cacao beans are grown — via solar-powered machines.
Claudia Pearson “Buy Local” calendar
Brooklyn artist Claudia Pearson’s gorgeous drawings of seasonal fruits and vegetables will have you excited to turn to a new page at the end of every month. These drawings will turn anyone into a seasonal food fan.
Complete Jam-making Kit from Pick Your Own
The wonderful website Pick Your Own shows you how to make any fruit or vegetable into jam, jelly, sauce, or other preserve. They sell a kit that has everything you need to get started doing your own home canning.
Super Natural Every Day, Cookbook by Heidi Swanson
The creator of the acclaimed natural foods website 101 Cookbooks has a new book out that’s filled with stunning photos of healthy dishes like Chanterelle Tacos with Serrano Chile and Parmesan, Orzo Salad with Broccoli Pesto, and Roasted Strawberries with Maple Syrup and Balsamic Vinegar.
Heirloom Beans from Seed Saver’s Exchange
The Seed Saver’s Exchange in the town of Decorah, Iowa is a non-profit organization that has been sharing and saving heirloom seeds since 1975, keeping rare, delicious legumes like Christmas Lima, Mayflower, and Kilimanjaro Speckled beans available for the next generation.
Chile Powder and Chile Flakes from El Potrero Trading Post
This is some of the best chile I’ve ever tasted. It’s grown in New Mexico near the picturesque town of Chimayo, using heirloom varieties of chile that have been cultivated there for generations. Hot stuff!
Tamaya Bluecorn Pancake Mix from Native Seeds
The non-profit Native Seeds conserves seeds that have adapted to survive in the arid American Southwest. Try this delicious pancake mix that’s made with finely ground blue cornmeal produced by Santa Ana Pueblo Indians in New Mexico.