This holiday season, the Vermont Fresh Network has teamed up with eight of Vermont's local makers for a tasty Holiday Gift Box Fundraiser!
Shop the special items from the farms, markets, and food and beverage producers listed below, spread the local love this holiday season, and support Vermont Fresh Network (VFN). It doesn't get better (or easier and more delicious) than that! Proceeds from this holiday gift box fundraiser go toward VFN's programs, strengthening the local food economy by building relationships between farmers and chefs.
Boston Post Dairy
Champlain Valley Apiaries
Eden Specialty Ciders
Fat Toad Farm
Jasper Hill Farm
Mad River Taste Place
The Vermont Fresh Network (VFN) is a statewide 501(c)3 nonprofit founded in 1996 with the mission of advancing relationships among farmers, chefs, and consumers to grow markets and eat more locally grown food. For over 24 years, VFN has worked across the food system to build strong relationships between farmers, producers, culinary professionals, and consumers who share similar beliefs, values, and a dedication to the health and strength of Vermont’s food and farm community. With our members and partners, we’ve accomplished a lot in the last two decades and as we look toward our 25th year, our organization is needed more than ever. By ordering one (or more) gift boxes below, know that you are helping Vermont Fresh Network continue their work to support local chefs, farmers and Vermont's food and farm community.
BOSTON POST DAIRY - Enosburg Falls
Boston Post Dairy is a family goat farm, making award-winning goat and cow's milk cheeses, goat's milk soap, and Vermont maple syrup and specialty maple products.
Boston Post Dairy has put together a beautiful gift box in celebration of the upcoming holidays! Recipients will enjoy three of Boston Post's award-winning cheeses: curds, cheddar, and chèvre! Choose between a variety of flavors including garlic and herb, Vermont maple, cranberry, and more. The box also comes with summer sausage, Jan's Farmhouse Cranberry Pistachio Crisps, Blake Hill cranberry and orange chutney, and hand-dipped chocolates. What a delicious gift! They will even include personal notes from you to your loved ones for that extra special touch. You can ship these to your far away family and friends or pick them up at the Boston Post farm store in Enosburg Falls.
From now until December 31, Boston Post will donate 10% of total sales of the $55 Vermont Holiday Gift Box to VFN in support of their programming.
Our top picks for add-ons include: Creamy Cow Cheese Spreads, maple butter, and goat milk soaps.
CHAMPLAIN VALLEY APIARIES - Middlebury
Champlain Valley Apiaries has been producing high-quality honey since 1931. Gathered by bees from the blossoms of a variety of floral sources, we blend our Vermont honey with other premium honey produced in the U.S. and Canada. Our honey is light in color with a delicious and delicate flavor that has been the favorite of customers for over 80 years.
Celebrate the holidays with a best-selling Champlain Valley Apiaries Best of Vermont Gift Pack. Year after year, customers love these Vermont favorites - Champlain Valley Apiaries raw naturally crystallized honey, Champlain Valley Apiaries liquid honey, Sugarbush Farm's sharp cheddar cheese, and maple syrup from Bread Loaf View Farm. There are so many uses for honey, but during the winter months, we love it most swirled into a steaming cup of tea. With free shipping and easy online ordering, why not send one to all your family members and friends?!
Buy local this holiday season, while also supporting VFN and their mission. Each Best of Vermont Gift Pack is $71, and Champlain Valley Apiaries will be donating 3% of all sales of the gift pack, between now and December 31.
Our top picks for add-ons include: The Basket of Bliss, Bee & Tree gift set, and Bee & Bath gift set.
EDEN SPECIALTY CIDERS - Newport
To make our extraordinary Eden Ciders, we press heirloom and tannic apples just as they’re harvested, in order to best capture the aromas and flavors present at peak ripeness. We ferment slow and cold to allow the ciders to develop with all the complexity of a fine wine. We never add sugar, although some have a small amount of residual sweetness naturally from the apples. We work with the same growers year after year in long term partnership and grow over thirty-five varieties of apples biodynamically (naturally organically) in our own Eden Orchards. Together, as neighbors, we cope with what mother nature provides in the way of weather and help each other to ensure quality fruit and quality ciders. When you buy our ciders, you are supporting all of us and our working landscape.
Any and all of Eden's delicious beverages make great gifts, especially during the fall and winter months, as they pair so well with holiday dishes. They have a cider for everyone - sparkling, still, rosé, ice, and more! They even have infused aperitif ciders, as well as gift options, including sampler packs and stemware. Order beverages for the cider lovers on your list, and add a few bottles to your order to have on hand for host gifts and to serve with your holiday dinner.
Use code VTFRESH at checkout, now through December 31, to get $5 off the cost of shipping. Eden Specialty Ciders will donate 10% of sales of all orders using the code VTFRESH to VFN!
Our top picks: The Twelve Days of Cider set, Holiday Best Sellers set, and the Orleans Aperitif Trio!
FAT TOAD FARM - Brookfield
Our goal has always been and continues to be to produce the highest quality, traditional goat's milk caramel sauces, using the freshest goat's milk available. Our dedicated team continues to produce [it] right here on our farm, meticulously hand-stirring it to velvety perfection in small batches.
Looking for a sweet gift idea? Fat Toad Farm's Drinking Chocolate Kit is the perfect choice this holiday season. It includes 2oz jars of Fat Toad Farm's award-winning Goat's Milk Caramel Sauce in Cinnamon and Spicy Dark Chocolate, a disc of Taza Stone Ground Chocolate, and a recipe card to make the most decadent drinking chocolate. With fewer opportunities for gathering this year, surprise your family and friends with this delicious and thoughtful treat, whether they live right down the street or across the country.
Fat Toad Farm will donate 10% of sales of the Drinking Chocolate Kit to VFN to support their continued work in the food and farm community, now through December 31.
Our top picks for add-ons include: The Sweet Quartet Petit Caramel Sampler, The Epic Caramel Jar (32oz), and the cozy Fat Toad Farm Hoodie Sweatshirt.
JASPER HILL FARM - Greensboro
By offering a collection of professionally aged and marketed cheeses, the Cellars at Jasper Hill allows its producers to focus on the most important aspects of the trade, quality milk production, and cheesemaking technique. The goal is to provide the best shops and restaurants nationwide with perfectly ripe, delicious single source cheeses from the verdant working landscape of Vermont. We aim to provide a taste of place.
The Victory Cheese Box makes a great gift for the cheese lover in your life! It includes a variety of five cheeses featuring the award-winning Jasper Hill Farm, Champlain Valley Creamery, Von Trapp Farmstead Creamery, Cobb Hill Cheese, and Orb Weaver Creamery. Or, ship it to yourself and gift each cheese to a different special person in your life. It would also make a delicious addition to your holiday appetizer spread.
You'll be supporting local makers, the Victory Cheese movement, and VFN with your purchase of this $99 gift box. Jasper Hill Farm will donate 10% of total sales of the Victory Cheese Box to VFN to continue their programming that supports the relationship between farmers and chefs.
Our top picks for add-ons include: Blake Hill Mini Jams Boxed Set, Rabble-Rouser/Nutty Steph's Toffee Coffee Dark Chocolate Bar, and Jasper Hill Farm Blue Cheese Sausage!
MAD RIVER TASTE PLACE - Waitsfield
The Mad River Taste Place is an all Vermont specialty food store. As the home to the Vermont Cheese Council, we offer a beautiful selection of Vermont Artisan cheeses. The Taste Place works with Mad River Distillers to offer you their full line of products, as well as Barr Hill Spirits and vermouth from Vermont Vermouth. The refrigerated beer cave is a destination in itself! Filled with all of Vermont's finest craft beers, hard ciders, and wine, you are sure to find something new and fun to try! Our shelves are stocked with Vermont made grocery items to round out your shopping experience.
Mad River Taste Place has put together a special holiday basket in honor of VFN's fundraiser! For just $55, treat your loved ones to these delicious products, all hand produced right here in Vermont: Castleton Crackers, von Trapp Farmstead Mt. Alice cheese, Babette's Table salami, a jar of Ariel's Honey Infusions, Butterfly Bakery hot sauce, and Burke Mountain Confectionary truffles. Packaged beautifully, this basket can be shipped anywhere in the country or picked up at the Taste Place in Waitsfield. We recommend also getting one for yourself and creating a little snack board to enjoy this holiday season.
Mad River Taste Place will be donating 10% total sales of the Vermont Fresh Network Holiday Basket from now until December 31 to VFN. Buying local never felt (and tasted) so good.
Our top picks for add-ons include: Vermont Cheese Council Tea Towels, Orb Weaver Creamery Frolic, and Butterfly Bakery of Vermont Citizen Cider Smoked Onion Mustard.
SHELBURNE VINEYARD - Shelburne
Since our first plantings took root in 1998, we have committed our lives to elevating Vermont’s wine region. We craft both classic and modern wines for people who want to connect with their winegrower, support agricultural preservation in Vermont, and appreciate a taste of place never before imagined. We promise to guide, educate, and engage, with the purpose of leading people to discover what Vermont wine offers. Our people have the curiosity, commitment, and experience to create wines that have established Vermont as a wine region, and will continue to define it into the future. We invite you to explore the next frontier of wine with us!
The Happiness Box from Shelburne Vineyard is sure to bring joy to all the recipients on your shopping list. Shelburne Vineyard or Iapetus wine, Vermont cheese, charcuterie, Blake Hill jam, Castleton Crackers, potato chips, and dried fruit and nuts - name a better combination! We'll wait...hehe. There are four options depending on which wine your friends or family members prefer - red, white, bubbly, or natural. Shelburne Vineyard is also giving you a deal! The box includes $75 worth of goodies, but only costs $60. They ship to most states, and also offer sales in person at their tasting room and for curbside pickup.
From now until December 31, Shelburne Vineyard will graciously donate 10% of sales from The Happiness Box to VFN as part of this holiday fundraiser!
Our top picks for add-ons include: Iapetus skin contact wines, Lavender Spray, and 2019 Celestial Louise.
SILO DISTILLERY - Windsor
In our barn in Windsor, Vermont we distill high quality spirits, start to finish, using premium local ingredients.
Share the love by gifting the Vermont Love Gift Box from SILO Distillery this holiday season. It features a variety of items produced locally, including a four-pack of SILO cider, a bottle of Wood's Bourbon Maple Syrup, Sugar Bob's Finest Kind Maple BBQ Sauce, two SILO ready-to-drink cocktails made with Blake Hill shrub, and a choice of a SILO branded t-shirt or hat! This is perfect for the beverage aficionado in your life. Chances are they've probably tried (and loved), or have at least heard of SILO's award-winning spirits. Make sure to order an extra box so you have some delicious beverages to pair with your holiday meal. You deserve a drink after all that cooking and baking (wink, wink). SILO is offering pre-order with contactless pickup in Windsor, in person shopping (with limited customers allowed inside at a time and masks required), as well as delivery across much of the state of Vermont.
For each $80 Vermont Love Gift Box sold, SILO will donate $2 to VFN in support of their programs promoting relationships between farmers and chefs.
Our top picks for add-ons include: The SILO Whiskey Trio, SILO Lavender Vodka Infused Cherries, and a set of the SILO Barn Rocks Glasses.