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The VFN Top 10! A Local Gift Guide.

Keep it local and delicious this holiday season and give the gift of Vermont food. From tasty treats to memorable experiences for the whole family--we've got you covered. Without further ado...

The VFN Top 10! 

1. From creamy Green Mountain Blue, rich and nutty Eleven Brothers from Boston Post to classic sharp cheddar from Shelburne FarmsGrafton or Cabot--a gift of Vermont Cheese is always welcome.  

Search by type of cheese, milk or farm at the Vermont Cheese Council to find the perfect match for everyone on your list.  

2. Send your loved one to a Cooking Class at Healthy LivingThe Essex, City Market, Kitchen at the Store or the South End Kitchen; on a Culinary Retreat through Cafe Provence or the Inn at Weathersfield; or to a Farm-stay with the Green Mountain Girls or Liberty Hill Farm.

3. Spread holiday cheer with the gift of Vermont Mead, Spirits, Wine and Cider. Tell the story of the lost apple project with Shacksbury's 1840 hard cider, thrill the spirit enthusiast with Caledonia Spirit's barrel aged Tom Cat Gin or introduce aspiring sommeliers to the award winning wines of the Green Mountain State--try Shelburne Vineyard's 2012 Marquette Reserve (this year's 2014 International Cold Climate Wine Competition 'Best in Show' winner).  

Find a complete list of VFN meadspirit, wine and cider makers!

4. Best of VermontShelburne FarmsLake Champlain ChocolatesVermont Smoke and Cure and King Arthur Flour all offer fabulous Foodie Gift Baskets to send directly to those in need of a Vermont care package! 

5. Learn a new skill and gift your loved ones with Something Homemade! A foodie gift making class at Healthy Living Market and Cafe or South End Kitchen can help get you started! 

6. We're positive the cook in your life would love a Winter CSAor fill their freezer with a Maple Wind Meat Share!

Search VFN for a CSA near you!

7. Support your favorite local restaurant and gift a memorable night out with a Restaurant Gift Card! (Throw in some free babysitting and it's an extra special gift.)

Browse VFN's Gold Barn Restaurants to find the perfect spot!

8. Vermont Specialty Foods are, of course, great gifts. Try Wood's Cider Mill's Boiled CiderBlake Hill PreservesHooker Mountain Farm Cured MeatFat Toad Farm Caramel or anything maple!   

9. Wrap up some tickets to a Vermont Food Event like the upcoming Mad 12, or one of the romantic alpine dinners at Stowe's Cliff House Restaurant!

Check out for a statewide listing of Vermont farm and food events.

10. For the athlete in your life, plan an Adventurous Winter Outing at the Strafford Organic CreameryBlueberry Hill Inn or Trapp Family Lodge for some nordic skiing and snowshoeing. 

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