It’s getting to the point where you can get just about anything at farmers markets these days…so it’s not surprising that you can source your holiday cheer, too! We’ve put together some shopping ideas for all those different friends and family members in your life.
For the Self-Care Enthusiast
For the friend that is invested in a natural care regimen, consider some farm-sourced and farm-made goodies that are sure to bring out a natural glow. Growing Things has soaps, salves, and tinctures from their grown ingredients, while Glendale Shepherd has their fleted soaps and ornaments. Wolves & Sage grows all their ingredients for tinctures and tea. Honey is amazing for cleansing and nourishing, so source from our vendors who have local beeswax and lip balms, like Golden Harvest, San Juan Sea Salt, and Seattle Urban Honey. Maybe they would knit up a home-made sweater made of yarn from Greenbow Farm and dry them with natural drier balls (pictured). To top of the healthful day, get them some tea from Harbor Herbalist to sip on and replenish from the inside out.
For those with a Sweet-tooth
It’s that time of year where sweets seem to appear everywhere and we all have that one person that just revels in it. Good thing our vendors know how to appeal to all our sweet-teeth! Try an international treat to serve for your holiday breakfast with a stollen from Preston Hill Bakery—filled with dried fruit and marzipan. Spread some sweetness on that bread with local-ingredient jams and jellies available at many stalls, like Woodring, Booth Canyon, Girl Meets Dirt, and Martin Family. Jonboy caramels are a tried-and-true favorite, incorporating local and seasonal ingredients into their dangerously delicious treats. Plus, a speadable caramel Cajeta from Tieton Creamery (pictured)—a traditional and wonderful goat’s milk caramel. And visit some our bakery vendors like Standard Bakery, Columbia City Bakery, Little Prague, Sweet & Savory, and Tall Grass for cakes, cookies, and other seasonal treats—or bake your own with flour from Nash’s or Oh Yeah! Farms or build a gluten-free ginger bread house with a kit from Nuflours!
For the Entertaining Type
Whether you’re a host by nature or know someone who is the go-to party thrower, the market can also provide some unique ingredients for a great holiday party. Stock up that cheese plate with charcuterie from Salt Blade and cheeses from Samish Bay, Glendale Shepherd, Seabreeze, and Tieton. A side of pickles from River Farm or Woodring is sure to please. And top it off with some hazelnuts from Holmquist and peanuts from Alvarez. Libations are also available, with wine offered by Bainbridge Vineyards, Wilridge, and White Heron. And for those beer and cider drinkers, Tin Dog Brewing, Lowercase, and Rockridge Orchards.
For the At-Home Bartender
Mixology has become a passion for some and sourcing ingredients from the markets seems only natural for those looking for interesting and tasty new flavors. Specialty shrubs from The Shrubbery go well with mixers like Rachel’s Ginger Beer, CommuniTea or Mystic Kombucha, Timber City Ginger Beer, or Malus ginger beer. Cranberry juice from Starvation Alley is sure to bring that zing to a drink that we all love. Gaia’s Harmony Farm sells unique, flavorful, and healthful honey infusions that are a great addition to any kind of drink. And to give you the alcoholic base for it all, try some ciders and liquors made right here in King County by Rockridge Orchards.
For the Aspiring Decorator
That friend or family member that just loves holiday décor? No better place to shop than at the market, with many natural options for warming up a room for the holidays. Traditional wreaths and candle holders are available at Growing Washington (pictured), while newer style wreaths fill the stall of Foothill Flowers. Make your own with beautiful holly bunches at Alm Hill. Light up your life with some beeswax candles from San Juan Sea Salt and Seattle Urban Honey.
For the Market Lover
As always, the Neighborhood Farmers Markets is selling our gift certificates to be used at any of our seven markets as well as our merchandise, like totes, sweatshirts, and tee-shirts, where you can show your neighborhood pride!
Both West Seattle and Capitol Hill markets will be closed on 12.25 and 1.1, but U-District will be open 12.24 and 12.31, 9am-2pm for all your last minute shopping needs!