We are all-too familiar with the standard gift guide full of items for the barbecue enthusiast, bookworms, and the techie who has everything. But what about gifts and treats for the local-loving and earth-friendly foodie – that person who cellars root vegetables so they can enjoy them all year long, reads Edible Magazines cover to cover, and is first in the queue to order their CSA box?
And how do you feed your friends and family during the holidays while continuing to support local farmers, producers, and other globally-minded small businesses – in the dead of winter?
This year’s ROOT Holiday Shopping Guide talks stuffing stuffers, the perfect gift to have waiting under the tree, and holiday fare that makes your body AND heart feel good.
For the vegan who misses seafood
For the vegan in your life, for someone who wants to do their part in taking pressure off the ocean’s dwindling seafood supply – or just anyone who loves good food, Mind Blown products are what they claim to be: mind blowing! Mind Blown is an all-female, family-owned company who have been winning awards with their seafood products for decades, and are now creating delicious “seafood” delicacies made from plants. Their lineup includes vegan crab cakes, coconut shrimp, even scallops! Since they launched two years ago, Mind Blown products have also won many awards, and have recently received backing from Chefs Tom Colicchio and Spike Mendelsohn.
Mind Blown products can be found at every Sprouts Farmers Markets.
For the global cuisine home cook
For a foodie adventure that will wow at dinner parties, look no further than Fila Manila’s Filipino products. In 2020, armed with a $1,200 stimulus check, a few beloved family recipes, and years of expertise in the food business, Jake Deleon created his flagship three-product sauce line including the Kare Kare, Caldereta zesty tomato sauce, and Adobo sauce and marinade. Today the lineup also includes Coconut Jam and Ube Purple Yam Jam, made with real Philippine yams. Fila Manila products can be found online, in all Sprouts Farmers Markets locations nationwide, and select Targets.
To honor the family foodie cook
One of our favorite most personalized gifts is a customized wooden cutting board that is engraved with a family recipe on it. Families can pass on beloved recipes for generations to come, while having a beautiful keepsake to serve off. Etsy has a number of vendors in this category. These can take a while to ship, so we recommend ordering soon!
For time-crunched Coloradoans who want to cook local
Launching just in time for the holidays, Colorado’s Spade & Spoon is the Front Range’s first locals-first meal kit delivered to doorsteps as far north as Fort Collins and as far south as Aurora. Spade & Spoon’s mission is to make it easy for people to shop, cook, eat and support local. Customers receive rotating meal kits with chef-designed seasonal recipes featuring favorite Colorado farmers markets vendors such as Sfoglina, Not Bad Cooks, Hearth Bakery and Five Freedoms Dairy. For the holidays, Spade & Spoon customers can order gifts such as “Family Classics” meal kits delivered straight to the recipient’s door, or à la carte stocking stuffers sets such as Bjorn’s Colorado Honey, The Urban Farmhouse Co.’s shrubs, and DAR Chocolate kits.
For Colorado window shoppers
If you rather browse the aisles of a locally-owned company to find the perfect gift, here are a few of our favorite shops that are full of local goodies:
Savory Spice (locations throughout Colorado)
Marczyk Fine Foods (Denver)
Tattered Cover Book Store (locations throughout Colorado)
Stanley Marketplace (Aurora)
At ROOT, we love voting with our dollars, and that doesn’t change around the holiday season. Happy shopping, happy eating, and happy holidays!