Many of the artisans in my book, American Artisanal, create products that make terrific gifts. Even some unlikely artisans, like Wood Prairie Farm, have a very nice gift program such as their "Potato Sampler of the Month." The recipient gets an eight-pound gift box of hand selected, 100% Certified Organic potatoes.
I've highlighted these other artisans for my holiday list because they are exceptional in every way, and their products are particularly suited to the season: the time when we celebrate the abundance of the land and fall harvest with game, bolster our spirits from the cold and dark with the warmth of coffee, and always allow for a bit of celebratory decadence with sweets.
Barrington Coffee Toasting Company
Broken Arrow Ranch
L.A. Burdick Chocolates
Burdick bonbons exemplify this chocolate belief system. The rush of flavor comes first from the perfect chocolate; followed less dramatically by a raspberry, or vanilla, or honey, or pistachio, or cognac; then subtle touches of ginger, cardamom, cinnamon, or lemon pepper.