SSometimes the most convenient, reliable way to shop for the holidays doesn’t come from a computer or an Amazon delivery truck.
On a recent trip to the Carlsbad Farmers Market, I found all the supplies I needed for gift baskets filled with local crafts from nearby farmers.
I started my shopping with two large empty wicker baskets – one will be for my friends who crave sweets and the other for my bouquet of wine and cheese.
First on my list of bakeries to visit is the Carlsbad Cookie Company.
Hollie Chamberlain has created a bakery specializing in both savory and sweet crackers, which are 100% natural and contain only the best local ingredients.
Over a dozen varieties are available in the market, and special orders and delivery options are available for holiday gifts.
The cookies are so fresh that bakers guarantee baking day dispatch and two to four day mail delivery.
The Cookie Club could be a welcome addition to anyone on your gift list and includes monthly delivery of a variety of cookies. Local delivery to Carlsbad is available by calling (760) 824-3030 or from the website at www.carlsbadcookiecompany.com.
Next on my gift basket list is bread and cheese, and I visit the Spring Hill Cheese Company which produces organic, pasture-fed artisan cheese in Sonoma County.
Their cheddar and other hard cheeses are some of the best I have ever tasted, and they also make their own butter!
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The Prager Brothers Bread is on my list for the best place to fill any basket with bread and cheese, and I’m always amazed at their traditional French bread and rolls which are all made from hand-ground flour. in the premises of their bakery.
Prager can be found at many farmers’ markets and their bread is available in their store at 5611 Palmer Way in Carlsbad, (760) 704-8442.
One of the pastry chefs who has been making her products for over 18 years is Janet Brauer of Grammys Granola.
Its specialty breads ranging from zucchini to chocolate chips are available at the market, and its ganola and granola bars can be ordered by mail order. Contact her at www.grammysgranola.com or (760) 809-8892.
The Humble Olive Oil Company is also located on State Street and I will be visiting to complete my basket of bread and cheese.
This little shop is full of a wide variety of virgin and infused olive oils, balsamic vinegar, olive oil body products and a wide assortment of spices and condiments to accompany any gourmet meal. .
The owner, Zac Markham, not only has oil and vinegar, but also Spice Rubs and a wide variety of Truffle Sauces. Visit them at 2922 State Street or call (760) 994-0132 for more information.
Zac and his wife opened the store six years ago and “now offer four favorites each year from Chile, Australia and Spain, depending on the season of the year. Our 18 year old balsamic vinegar from Modena is very popular with our customers.
There are so many other handcrafted food vendors including fudge, honey, yogurt, bone broth, kombucha, and bakery; and of course all the fruit and vegetable vendors who only offer the freshest local products.
For the planter on your list, Riveras Garden offers a wide assortment of herbs, succulents, and houseplants.
Malonado Farms will once again be donating Christmas wreaths from their Christmas tree farm in Encinitas.
The Carlsbad Farmers Market will be open every Wednesday from 2:30 p.m. to 6 p.m. on State Street in Carlsbad. Check their website for a full list of suppliers at www.carlsbad-village.com. Please contact me at [email protected] for any questions or suggestions. Good shopping!
Jano Nightingale is a horticulturist and master gardener and teaches gardening classes for adults at the Carlsbad Senior Center. She is available to give lessons to adults and children.