Holiday Shopping at the Altadena Farmers' Market

Specialty gourmet and body items can make a great holiday gift or Webster’s Fine Stationers will wrap up a few market items in a basket on-site on Wednesdays.

Are you still looking for out-of-the-box gifts for the special people in your life for the holidays or need a host or hostess gift for that holiday party coming up?

The Altadena Farmers’ Market is once a week (Wednesday) but chock full of handmade items from makers you won’t find at the average store.

Plenty of gourmet foods, delicacies, body products and more are unique but can also be gathered together in a gift basket, compliments of Webster’s Fine Stationers. Webster’s will assemble items patrons get from the Altadena Farmers’ Market into a basket and wrap it for a small fee, depending on the size of the basket, so it’s ready to give.

Some of the new items to the market for December, via Altadena Farmers’ Market’s facebook page, include:

-Moua Farms' large array of squashes, greens & veggies
-Pine Street Products’ new Dragonlady balm for congestion and sinus headaches
-Spade And Seeds new Snap Pea sprouts
-Bulgarini Gelato and pasta

If you need inspiration, the Altadena Farmers’ Market shares a few themes and items for a farmers’ market gift basket:

Morning Basket:
Morning Glory Confections peanut brittle,
Plow & Gun coffee beans,
Little Farm Fresh tea,
Sqirl jam,
a jar of oats from Rice & Beans, and/or
almond butter from Fat Uncle Farms.

For the Altadena Farmers' Market Chef:
Altadena Farmers' Market apron,
A bottle of Beyond the Olive oil and/or vinegar,
Kraut from Brassica & Brine,
Preserves from Ellwood Canyon Farms,
a bag of Bulgarini Gelato pasta made by Mr. Bulgarini himself, and/or
soap or balm from Pine Street Products.

The Milk Man is also taking orders for custom holiday cheese plates.

Since all that gift hunting can work up your appetite, the farmers’ market continues to have plenty of snacks and meals ready to eat at the market. Elizabeth Bowman of the market shares some of the eats available:

Thai food from Sticky Rice, which is run by the owners of Soi 7 downtown and is exclusive to the Altadena Farmers' Market. 
Brun's Creole Soul Food, which features some authentic and delicious New Orleans' dishes
Deisy's Pupusas have been with the market from day one and consistently make filling and tasty pupusas and lemonade.
Agne's Pierogis has fresh pierogis to eat at the market and bags of frozen pierogis you can cook at home later. 

Snacks include:

Shucks Oyster Bar’s freshly shucked oysters on site
Morning Glory Confections' galettes and cookies
Plow & Gun coffee
Sqirl Jams has been known to bring decadent PB&J sandwiches to market lately
Bulgarini Gelato for a light, tasty treat

And fresh fruit is always easy to get too.

Have you done any holiday shopping at the Altadena Farmers’ Market? What items would you get for a gift, party or other occasion?

Lori A. Webster December 12, 2012 at 04:33 PM
WFS is honored to be a small part of this wonderful grass-roots farmers market! We'd like to remind everyone that we do carry some of the same vendors as the Market does, namely Pine Street Products and very soon, Beyond The Olive, at very nearly the same price as at the Market, in case you can't make it on Wednesdays. We strive to invest in our local micro-businesses, as well as our local artists!
Leslie Aitken December 12, 2012 at 05:04 PM
ROCK ON -- Altadena Farmer's Market!!


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