Searching for the perfect gifts for the foodie on your holiday wish list? You’ll find a great selection for lovers of unique, quality-crafted foods at your friendly neighborhood co-op. Try a few of the following local favorites for a gift that’s sure to please!
Deer Creek Cheese
Deer Creek makes amazing handcrafted cheeses in Wisconsin. We recommend The Fawn, a sweet and nutty mellow cheddar.
Velvet Bees Gourmet Honey Butter
A luscious blend of honey, butter, cream, sugar, and vanilla results in a velvety smooth spread that serves as the perfect complement to toast, pancakes, and desserts.
Equal Exchange Hot Cocoa
Nothing says winter like a warm, steeping mug of hot cocoa. Equal Exchange’s fair-trade organic hot cocoa mix contains cocoa and sugar grown by small co-operative farmers along with milk produced by Organic Valley, a Wisconsin-based dairy cooperative.
The Beez Kneez Mustard and Honey
Based in Minneapolis, The Beez Kneez promotes sustainable urban beekeeping and utilizes their bees to make incredibly flavorful small batch raw honey and mustard. The honey imparts unique flavors as a result of the bees foraging for different types of natural pollen. Did you know? Mississippi Market is an urban apiary partner of Beez Kneez, hosting honey bee hives on the rooftop of our West 7th store!
Another local favorite, Bare Honey produces and distributes chemical- and antibiotic-free, single-source, 100-percent-pure honey in a variety of flavors, including Raw Wildflower, Clover, Lavender Blossom, Vanilla Bean, Chocolate, Cinnamon, Hot & Spicy, and more. In addition to raising their own bees, they work closely with other local family farmers to provide top-quality pollination for their Minnesota-grown fruits and vegetables.
Rush Creek Reserve
Uplands Cheese Rush Creek Reserve farmstead cheese comes but once a year. Made in Wisconsin during the autumn as cows move from summer pasture to winter hay, this cheese exudes a rich, creamy flavor. Rush Creek Reserve is a soft ripened cheese wrapped in a strip of spruce bark that imparts a sweet, woodsy flavor. Pair it with a Wood from the Hood’s charcuterie board for an extra special gift.
Isabel Street Heat Hot Sauces
If the foodies on your holiday gift list enjoy spicy foods and promoting local businesses, then these aromatic hot sauces should fit the bill. Made in St. Paul, Isabel Street Heat crafts beautiful sauces that’ll add a kick to omelets, eggs, quesadillas, pizzas, and soups. Flavors include Chipotle, Habanero, Jalapeno, Thai Chili, Serrano, and Ghost Pepper.