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Small Business Saturday is just a little over a week away, and we’ve got exciting promotions in both stores. Register that day for a gift basket giveaway—a $125 value—and we’ll be offering delicious samplings and warm cider. Supporting local business is the best way to preserve the uniqueness of the cities you love, so please consider shopping at your favorite local retailers this holiday season. We’ll do everything we can to make sure we’re among your favorites.

It’s holiday gifting season and we are ready to help you check off your lists with cheer! Designed to make your holiday shopping fast and easy, our 2017 Holiday Gift Guide is arranged to help you shop by recipient or taste, an includes fun and delicious ideas for gourmet stocking stuffers. Gifts for hosts and hostesses, for the office, for the cocktail enthusiast, or by category are ready to be tied with a bow and, if needed, shipped to the doorstep of your recipient. Not seeing the perfect gift? Let us assemble a gorgeous custom gift that is just right.

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We’re in love with our new Berard Olive Wood Honey Dippers, which make darling gifts for tea and honey lovers. Handcrafted from a single piece of olive wood, the wood’s intriguing grain makes each piece unique. The long handle on this honey dipper allows your hands to stay clean, even when accessing the final drizzles at the bottom of the honey jar.

Former Savory Pantry Featured Producer and 2018 Good Food Awards winner, Shrub District, has done it again—this time with seasonal style. Their Apple Nutmeg captures the essence of heirloom Grimes Golden apples, which are tart, sweet, and mildly tannic. You’ll love mixing this shrub with Bourbon, Apple Brandy, or aged Rum, or using it to add a twist to your favorite fall mock-tail. Let their Ginger Shrub warm you this winter. The spice, the savory, the sweet, the magic . . . this is your go-to mule-maker.

With awards from Southern Living and Garden & Gun, taste and you’ll quickly make Delta Blues Rice products among your go-to pantry staples. Loved for its mild, nutty flavor Delta Blues Brown Rice is a deliciously healthy addition to your menu. Delicious and versatile, Delta Blues Rice Grits are made in small batches and milled for freshness. With their “cooked creamy” texture, these rice grits are the perfect side dish for recipes including rich sauces, fried chicken, and so much more.

Our Featured Producer:
Wood's Cider Mill

Since 1882, Willis Wood’s family has run Wood’s Cider Mill in Weathersfield, Vermont, on land first settled by Willis’ ancestors in 1798. Since the 1970s, Willis and Tina Wood have run the farm and mill where they’ve raised their own family, dedicating their lives to preserving the almost-lost arts of making boiled cider and cider jelly—traditional New England products that nearly vanished. Today their daughter Marina works alongside them in the mill, as her own children grow up on the farm. Nearly all the apples they press are Macintosh varietals that come from farms within 30 square miles of their mill—an incredible 3,000 bushels annually.

Evaporate apple cider about 7 to 1, and boiled cider results. Evaporate it a bit more—about 9 to 1—and you can enjoy cider jelly. Cider jelly remains the biggest seller for Wood's Cider Mill, and the Woods make between ten and thirty thousand pounds of it each year. Combine pure Vermont maple syrup with boiled cider and a touch of cinnamon, and you have cinnamon cider syrup.

New England cooks traditionally used boiled cider for making custard or mincemeat pies, or rich, chunky boiled cider apple sauce. Use it in your home cooking to intensify the flavor of an apple crisp, in salad dressing, as a glaze for pork or chicken, or with Chinese food as a sweet and sour. Flavor precedes sweetness in cider jelly, which you’ll love as a sandwich spread, with turkey or chicken as you would use cranberry sauce, or as a cheeseboard accompaniment. Cinnamon cider syrup adds fall apple zest to French toast, pancakes, waffles, or ice cream. Expect robust, just-picked apple flavor and a multi-generational sense of reverence for their craft in every product from Wood’s Cider Mill.

Read our interview with Willis Wood on our Taste.Savor.Share. Blog.