The Gift is in the Giving


For the holiday season this year, we’ve selected some of our favorite locally made goodies. On their own, they’re perfect presents for the food lovers in your life—combined into a big, festive basket, they’re a locavore’s dream gift.


Raphsodic Bakery takes the guesswork out of gluten-free baking with its Gluten- and Soy-Free Scone Mix. Just add oil and water, stir, and bake for holiday-perfect bites. Pair the mix with small-batch cranberry sauce from The Butcher’s Pantry, a delicious partner for the scones. Scone mix, $6.75; available at Raphsodic Bakery, (407) 704-8615. The Butcher’s Pantry cranberry sauce, $4; available at Apopka Foliage & Fresh Market, Apopka Foliage and Fresh Market, Saturdays, 8a.m–1p.m., 10 North Forest Ave., Apopka, and the Windermere Farmer’s Market, 614 Main St., Winderemere.


Custom-blended tisane by Orenda Herbal will make tea lovers happy. This blend, called Smile, combines organic lemon balm, peppermint, rosemary and St. John’s wort for a light, mood-lifting cuppa. Sweeten the deal with some local honey. Orenda Herbal tea, $10 to 12; available at Raphsodic Bakery, (407) 704-8615; Homegrown Co-op, (407) 895-5559, and Leaves & Roots, (407) 823-8840. Local honey available from Dansk Farms (407) 965-5551 and Happy Bee Honey Farm, (407) 765-1048.


Ship these artful handmade napkins and napkin rings by local artist Doreen Arroyo with local citrus to friends or family in the snowy north for a perfect taste of Central Florida. Napkins and napkin rings, $55; available at Hugh Martin Home, (407) 894-2262. Citrus available through Florida Classic Growers (pictured), (863) 439-1600; Heller Bros., (800) 823-2124 and Hollieanna Groves, (407) 644-8803. 


This angel, handmade by local artist Amy Huber, will look heavenly atop a food lover’s Christmas tree or hanging in the kitchen among the utensils. Handmade angel, $70, available at Adjectives Market, (407) 900-9825, or through


Say thank you to a party host with a set of whimsical illustrated notecards by local artist Sutilak Martin and a box of luscious, dark chocolate hearts or peppermint bark handmade by Emma’s Sweets. Notecards, $12/set of 4; available at Hugh Martin Home, (407) 894-2262. Dark chocolate hearts, $5.50, and peppermint bark, $7.50; available in various locations, including the Winter Park and Edgewood farmers’ markets, and Eat More Produce,1111 S. Orlando Ave.,(407)-647-5292.



Ginger, green peppercorns, lemon, lime and orange zest and even rose petals combine in the Florida Sunshine Spice Blend from the Spice and Tea Exchange to give anything it seasons a light, bright flavor. With a rosy pink hue, Himalayan mineral salt is rich in trace minerals and adds a perfect finishing touch to holiday dishes. Spice blends and Himalayan salt, $18 to $20; available at The Salt Room, (407) 965-3065, and The Spice & Tea Exchange, (407) 647-7423.