Need a Last Minute Gift?

Give the gift of food and support local farmers… (This post is shared from

Over the past couple of years, I have re-thought gift giving. Every once in a while, the lightbulb goes off and I think of the perfect gift for a family member, co-worker, or friend, but too often I feel that I am grasping at straws, searching for something that will work but isn’t great. So, when I am not so inspired, I have decided that giving consumable gifts can be a great option. What are some things that people might not buy themselves but that they would love to receive? Specialty chocolate, artisan cheese, a nice bottle of wine? Last Christmas, we had great fun showering our family with “A Taste of Utah,” and it opened my eyes to the wonderful, local products we have in our very own backyard.

Whether you need a hostess gift for a party or need to find something for the person who has everything, consider a gift that supports your local farmer and tastes great. You have some awesome Utah-local diary-inspired options this year:

  • A sampling of cheeses from Heber Valley Artisan Cheese. This year’s newcomer to the artisan cheese world has stocked its Midway, UT shelves (and online store) with specialty cheeses and gift basket options. As cheeses age, new varieties are constantly available. Stop by in the new year at one of their monthly tastings.

  • Beehive Cheese – moving north in Utah, Beehive Cheese sits nestled on Hwy 89 at the mouth of Weber Canyon. “Barely Buzzed” has become a family favorite, and their cheeses have won awards nation-wide. They also have gift ideas and an online store.

  • New to the market – premium drinking chocolate. Cocoa Metro comes to Utah and the milk is supplied by Rosehill Dairy. Milk should be available in select specialty shops and coffee shops by Dec. 16, 2011.

  • Home Delivery – start off a family member or friend with home delivery. Winder Farms delivers to Utah and Nevada and Rosehill Dairy delivers to 5 counties in Northern Utah.

Pair the gift of cheese with a special kitchen gadget, some fresh local bread, a dish towel, or other homemade treat. Know that your gift will be enjoyed, you will be remembered, you are supporting local agriculture and the recipient doesn’t have to find a home for the “not-so-perfect” gift.


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