No matter your hemisphere, we all long to hole up at home from time to time, surrounded by nourishing traditions and small, quiet comforts. This holiday, give the gift of cozy to your favorite homebody! Tater Tats style.
Tater Tats Winter Pack. Wear a head of homegrown garlic, a row of canned goods, a voluptuous turnip and a sprig of kale, sweetened by the first freeze. Stuff a pack of Tater Tats in every stocking. We could all use a little reminder of resilience on our forearm. $5
Cellar Door Preserves. Pick 3 delicious flavors (plum w/ cardamom, pear with ginger, spiced cherry, for instance). Every jar is jammed in small batches by a local lady entrepreneur (Grand Rapids, MI). $30
Christmas Lima Bean. These vibrant beans have a nutty flavor and hold their color even when cooked. They are about as big as a spoon when cooked and make a great addition to a soup or stew--and a wonderful conversation piece. Grow them for $9 from Seed Savers. Eat them for $6 from Rancho Gordo.
Mens Veggie Socks. Because with every step, you're taking strides for veggies. Because they're cute, darn it. Ties.com, $15.
Sourdough Starter. That thing you've always wanted to try but too lazy to start... it's here! In a plastic tub, ready to make your bread dreams come true. For only $9.
Another Michigan goodie, this tea comes from the north woods of Traverse City and the only Biodynamic Tea farm anywhere. The Tulsi Soother Citrus is "a pleasantly spicy throat-soother with a warm finish. Mildly citrus." This tea tastes as cozy as it looks. $33 for 3.5 oz (70-servings).
Yodel-ay-hee-hoo! Calling all goat-lovers, herd mothers, milkmaids and milkmen! We've got enough goat stuff to fill your stockings this season, and each product supports an artist or farmer making the world better for goats and their people.
A. Goat Enamel Pin by Little Sloth, $9. They've also got a mug with the mug of a goat drinking from a mug, $16.
B. Three Delightful Lumps of Coal Soap (activated charcoal with goat milk) by Little Seed Farm in Tennessee. All goodies are organic, handmade, and produced with solar energy, $12.
C. Goat Tats... by Tater Tats, of course! One pack of four tats, includes goats Joy, Beau, and Moonlight (left to right) and a spring of invasive rose, the goats' favorite treat! Ten percent of each pack supports the next generation of Dreamgoats. $5/1 pack, $23/5 packs
D. Seven-and-a-half ounces of pure New Mexican wilderness, spun into goats milk, cultured into cheese, and packed in your choice of herbs & oil. Order ASAP; due to their isolated location, shipments go out only twice per month. It's worth the wait. $17/jar
E. & F. These tea towels and chocolate-covered caramels both hail from the hills of Vermont, crafted by poet/artist/farmers at Big Picture Farm. $30/linen tea towel; $15/box of chocolate-covered goat milk caramels. Buy both & get free shipping this holiday!
G. This goat story was written by a novelist who fled his tiny New York apartment to raise Nubian goats with his wife on 75 acres in Vermont. Your dream too, right? ;) The book contains excerpts from some of the best goat literature around. A great intro to life with goats. Get it from Simon & Schuster for $16 or as an ebook for $1.99.
Know a strong lady with dirt beneath her fingernails? A farm-lovin' woman with a love of heirloom apples and a know-how for bok choy? Get her a piece of land this holiday! A shiny new shovel! Or some of these goodies.
Los Angeles, CA. The Garden School Foundation is a non-profit organization empowering Los Angeles elementary & high school school students to grow, harvest, and cook their own food by planting school gardens and providing garden curriculum & teacher training.
The Austin Fermentation Festival includes a day of fermentation workshops including hands-on activities, keynote address by author and fermentation revivalist Sandor Katz, a community culture swap, fermented foods and product vendors, along with book sales, an artisan lunch and breakfast menu, fermented beverages, live music, a silent auction, and a mini farmers’ market! Proceeds from the event benefit the Texas Farmers’ Market Farmer Emergency Fund, which allows us to offer financial assistance to farmers and ranchers in times of crisis.
Greenfield, MA. Tamara McKerchie helps run Real Pickles, a worker-owned cooperative transforming local produce into fermented goods--grown, fermented, and sold entirely within the Northeast. Real Pickles operates out of a solar-powered warehouse in Greenfields, MA, and strives to pay fair, living wages, produce an entirely organic product, and contribute to the economy of the Northeast US.
San Francisco, CA. Karen Diggs is the inventor of Kraut Source, a tool which attaches to a wide mouth Ball jar, making fermentation easy for the home cook/maker. With Kraut Source's tools & recipes, you can fill your kitchen with magical small-batch ferments of all kinds and colors. Visit krautsource.com for inspiration galore, educational video shorts, and your own starter kit. Kraut Source opens the door to fermentation projects which go way past the pickle: ferment your own relish, hot sauce, and more!
Grand Rapids, MI. Jodie Krumpe and her small crew turn West Michigan produce into krauts of many sizzling flavors, colors & dispositions. Cultured Love's mantra is "good food, good mood"--indeed, the company works to change eating habits in their community by offering the promise of gut healing and improved wellness. Find their colorful, flavor-packed krauts in stores and markets around West Michigan!
In a world obsessed with purity and cleanliness, we forget that many of our favorite foods are made by the bacteria we aim to banish! Foods like wine, beer, chocolate and cheese! Through the process of fermentation, these bacteria create some of our very favorite flavors, textures, and smells.
Jennifer Anderson (College Park, MD) is a registered dietitian with an masters degree in Public Health. She's passionate about changing the way we feed our children, catering to picky palates in a way that does not compromise health. Her colorful bento boxes have developed a loyal Instagram following and high child-approval rating. In the following interview, Jennifer shares some tips and encouragement on how to raise the next generation of veggie and fruit lovers.
This week we speak with Anna Brones about what's fueled her work in writing, illustration, and publishing and her passion for stories about food, fiber, and the people that raise them. She publishes a seasonal journal called Comestible, the food blog Foodie Underground, and sells other lovely illustrated goodies, including books and greeting cards and upcycled earrings.
Bow Hill Blueberries is located in the Skagit valley in Northwest Washington. The farm specializes in organic blueberry production and has over 4500 bushes of heirloom berries available for weekend u-pick, purchase in the farm store, and at various markets and stores, including the Puget Sound Food Hub. They also make a variety of value-added products--this season, they are excited about their new Cold-Pressed Blueberry Juice & Heirloom Blueberry Powder.
Woodbridge, CT. Rebecca Toms is part of the spirit behind Massaro Community Farm, a 100-year old farm on 57 acres that is run as a nonprofit. Massaro donate ten percent of their food to hunger relief organizations and runs workshops, camps, and events for the community. In addition to preserving farmland, the CSA farm is also committed to preserving the wild spaces on their land.
Coopersville, MI. In 2016 Tater Tats helped Blackbird Farms buy a seedbed roller, to streamline their transplant process. The farm, run by Greg Dunn is located in Coopersville, Michigan, not far from where we operate Tater Tats. Greg grows over one-hundred varieties of vegetables on sixteen acres for market and CSA. We first met Greg through our local farmers alliance West Michigan Growers Group and have enjoyed hearing his stories--laced with sarcasm--at our monthly potlucks. When he isn't farming, Greg offers garden teaching & consultation services. He also throws a mean bonfire.
Ridgefield, CT. John Carlson runs a business turning home-owners into farmers by installing raised beds & turning yards into food forests. Homefront Farmers teach their clients organic farming methods and offer garden maintenance, harvest, and seasonal cleanup, in addition to initial installation.
Washington D.C. Through our work with Tater Tats, we've met a lot of cool people. Melissa Jones is one of those people. She's got a spirit for activism, she loves food, and she's built a business that combines these things and brings stories of food to the forefront. GoodSoil + FoodTalks are the result of her curiosity and insistence that food stories need telling and that EVERYONE has one.