It’s the thought that counts when giving is a common refrain during the holidays.This doesn’t mean straining your brain searching for “the perfect thing,” but that your offering comes from the heart. Simple, useful gifts are often more appreciated than the plastic doodad bound for next summer’s yard sale.
Food is something everyone needs. Buying locally produced food not only distinguishes your gift, it supports your community’s prosperity. With this in mind, 360 looks at some regional food items at a cost less than $15 that might be appreciated on tables this season and beyond.
Rival Rubs is a line of barbecue sauce and seasoning rubs started in Uniontown by Jamie Callison, executive chef at the School of Hospitality Business Management at Washington State University. The products, which sell for less than $7, come dressed in college logos from WSU, Gonzaga and University of Idaho. (Artisans at the Dahmen Barn, Uniontown; Hay’s Produce and Garden Center, Clarkston)
Try pairing a tried-and-true recipe with choice ingredients. Joseph’s Grainery, a family operation based in Colfax, offers an array of fresh grains, flours, mixes and beans for $5 to $8 a bag. Pastry flour, barley, lentils, hard red wheat, and whole grain cookie mix are just a few. (Area vendors are listed at their website)
Harvest Ridge Organics products are grown in the Lewiston Orchards by the McIntosh family. Packaged products include oats, flour, lentils, pancake mix and five-grain cereal. (Blue Lantern Coffee House, Lindsay Creek Vineyards and M&M Market in Lewiston; Wasem’s in Clarkston)
Area farmers also band together for Shepherd’s Grain products and the Pacific Northwest Farmer’s Co-op, which sells in-demand Black Caviar Lentils. (Artisans at the Dahmen Barn, Uniontown; Moscow Food Co-op)
Fresh cheeses from Brush Creek Creamery in Deary include Marinated Feta and Camen Bear. Made from start to finish on the Palouse the family uses no hormones, chemical pesticides or fertilizers. Prices range from $8 to $15. (Moscow Food Co-op; Blue Lantern Coffee House and M&M Market in Lewiston)
Landgrove Coffee is roasted in Troy using choice beans from around the world for fresh local brews. Bags start at $10.95. (Blue Lantern Coffee House in Lewiston; the Filling Station in Troy; Roost in Pullman; in Moscow at One World Cafe and the Moscow Food Co-op)
With fresh chocolates and caramels that range in taste from mild to spicy, Cowgirl Chocolates has been featured on the Food Network, the New York Times and InStyle magazine. At their headquarters in Moscow you can find an array of products, including truffles, hot cocoa, bars, sauces and gift boxes. (Cowgirl Chocolates, Moscow)
Jellies and Jams
Hay’s Huckleberries Preserves feature the Northwest’s indigenous fruit made into jam in Clarkston starting at $7.49 a jar. They also sell syrup and other flavors. (Hay’s Produce and Garden Center, Clarkston)
Stacia’s Jellies and Jams come from the owners of Wawawai Canyon Winery in Colton. Some of the jams, like Pinot Gris, are made from their wine grapes. (Artisans at the Dahmen Barn, Uniontown)
Honey produced by local beekeepers can be found in abundance in the area. Ball Honey Company, headquartered in Lapwai, has hives around Lapwai, Lewiston and Culdesac and sells honey ranging in size from a pint up. Caroso’s, based in Pomeroy, sells products including sticks, honey mustard and bee pollen. (Hay’s Produce and Garden Center, Clarkston)
Garbanzo Nuts, $3 for a small bag, are made in Troy and come in flavors like ranch, sea salt, cheddar and strawberry habanero. (Artisans at the Dahmen Barn, Uniontown)