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Urban Shrub Gift Set

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 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.


Homegrown for the Holidays

Awesome gifts from family-owned businesses:

Burroughs Family Farms, the first certified Regenerative Organic almond farm in the world, is offering a wide array of holiday gifts this year – from almond butters and organic olive oils to farm-fresh jams and flavor-packed almonds. Gift ideas here.

Support a TON of Colorado farmers, makers and producers – and the planet – with a holiday meal kit box delivered to you or your loved ones by Spade & Spoon. Sign up to receive an email about their holiday offerings on their website here. Gift cards here.

Small family popcorn product producer Popzup’s artisanal popcorn and popcorn kits make great gifts and are the perfect addition to your holiday movie night! Popzup Popper and bagged popcorn here. Movie time popcorn kit here.

Filling Stockings and Bellies

Pickles are the VIPs of the holiday season. Give the gift of pickley-goodness with Bubbies bread & butter-themed gift box here.

Mountain Roots Food Project is spreading edible cheer to Gunnison-based families one meal box at a time.  Each $50 donated goes to the farmers who help Mountain Roots’ Food Security team prepare and distribute these locally-sourced meals. Donate here.

Give back this holiday season to Boulder County’s Community Food Share. For every $1 dollar donated, their program provides $5 worth of groceries to those in need. Donate here.

Farm-to-gift Cards

Share the joy of good, healthy food with these Colorado farm-forward restaurants:

⭐️ OAK at Fourteenth, Boulder (click here

⭐️ Farow Restaurant, Niwot (click here)

⭐️ Yampa Valley Kitchen, Steamboat Springs (click here)


Seasons Eatings

OAK at Fourteenth’s Apple and Kale Salad is a festive way to add something fresh and green to your holidays parties and dinners (recipe linked here)

How do you like your turkey? Baked, dried, pickle-brined?? This Pickle Brined Turkey Breast Recipe is a fun, unusual way to prepare a turkey that will wow (recipe linked here)

Surprise and delight your guests with Bubbies’ Sauerkraut Apple Cinnamon Rolls (recipe linked here)

Drinks That Feel Festive

Santa shouldn’t be the only one who gets to enjoy cookies on Christmas morning 🍪 OAK at Fourteenth‘s Half Eaten Cookie Milk Punch Cocktail recipe is here.

(Literally) elevated wines are the perfect addition to your upcoming holiday party. 🍇 Shop crisp, aromatic white and rosé wines from Colorado-based winery The Storm Cellar. Warming winter wine cocktail and mocktail recipes from Storm Cellar owner Jayme Henderson on her blog Holly and Flora, here

Fresh, cool and green: Yampa Valley Kitchen’s Matcha Mint Garden & Tonic recipe is here.

At ROOT, we love voting with our dollars, and that doesn’t change around the holiday season. Happy shopping, happy eating, and happy holidays!


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