December 29, 2008
Vermont agriculture secretary Roger Allbee wants to remind Vermonters to think local and edible for last minute gift ideas. Local Vermont foods and beverages, grown or processed here, make great gifts for the holiday season.
“Vermont produces an abundance, and great variety, of unique foods and beverages,” said secretary Allbee. “These high-quality, locally made products make terrific gifts anytime of the year, especially for friends and relatives who live out of the state or for those who are tough to shop for. So if you are like me and still have a few last minute gifts to get, visit your local specialty food store, wine shop or shop local Vermont retailers online and give a taste of Vermont this holiday season. Your gift will not only be well received, but supports Vermont’s agricultural community as well as the local economy.”
Vermont has a number of award winning wines, as well as locally crafted beers that can easily be packaged with a cork screw or glasses. Maple syrup, of course, is always a special and much appreciated gift; especially for those out of state - coupled with a local pancake mix it is a perfect gift for cold winter mornings.
Vermont is known for its award winning, top quality artisan cheeses as well. A Vermont award winning cheddar with a cutting board would make a simple but elegant gift or perhaps a gift basket with Vermont apples, cheese, and wine!
Not only does Vermont boast fabulous agricultural items grown right here in our state, but it also has many specialty food items processed here that make unique gifts, such as Bove’s spaghetti sauces, Castleton Crackers, Laughing moon Chocolates and Bien Fait Specialty Cakes.
So as you are look for those last minute gifts or stocking stuffers today, think local, think Vermont. Check www.vermontagriculture.com for more information on local producers.
Source: Agency of Agriculture, Food and Markets
Last Updated at: December 29, 2008 14:59:39