April Finnen gets the prize today for having a good idea. She needed to come up with a gift basket for an office party, so she put together one using products from Frederick County. Here are the contents of her basket, quoted from her blog page:
- Elk Run Vineyard wine - I chose a chardonnay, since that's all the liquor store was offering, and I didn't have time to visit the vineyard. (Making this basket could really be a full-time job.)
- Flying Dog Double Dog Double Pale Ale - I sent my husband out for this one, with the request only that he didn't choose the Raging Bitch... this is a work party, after all.
- Dublin Roasters Guatelmalan Antigua artisan roasted coffee, hand-roasted in New Market, Md. I was hoping for some Highlander Grogg, but the selection is whatever's been recently roasted. I also picked up a couple other items for the basket in their cute little store, including:
- Local honey from Bill McGiffin's apiary in Mt. Airy, Md., and
- A selection of Seven Angels lotions, made in New Market. I think I've seen them at farmers markets too.
- While in New Market, I stopped at the New Market General Store, hoping for something small by a local artist. I found McCutcheon's Buttermilk Pancake and Waffle Mix, and some Swedish fish (for my husband, not the basket).
- And what basket would be complete without chocolate? First, a variety box from Perfect Truffle in Frederick's Shab Row.
- Finally, my personal favorite, a Raw Bar (with cocoa nibs) and an Espresso Bar from Zoe's Chocolate, a relatively new addition to downtown Frederick.
While I am on the topic of local gifts, if you are looking to participate in Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) next year and get fresh produce all season, Several may still have openings.
- Summer Creek Farm, Farmer Rick Hood (organic), email@example.com
- Mt Zion CSA, Farmer Chad Stull (organic), firstname.lastname@example.org, 301.473.7068
- Thanksgiving Farm, Darby Zimmermann, 301.662.1291