An Iowa Food Coop Christmas…

We are so lucky to have access to some of the best that Iowa as to offer.  Don’t you want to share that with the ones you love?  Why don’t you give your family and friends an IFC Christmas this year.  You would be supporting local businesses and proudly giving them the best!

Since everybody is growing beards and hunting, how about a Hunter’s Delight Basket?  Fill it with Ebersole jerky, TimberRidge beef sticks, Griffieon Farms summer sausage and a Heart of Iowa Bay Rum shaving bar for when hunting season is over.

What about a Party Hostess basket filled with yummy Gouda cheese from Frisian Farms, Cheddar cheese bread from Threshing Floor, a ring bologna from Griffieon Farms, Summer Sausage from TimberRidge, and for something different, Goat and Pepper Cheese Sticks from LaVentosa. Dont forget to take your hostess a lovely poinsettia from Homestead!

Or maybe its just All About Me. This basket could include a delicious wine from Jasper Winery or Rosey Acres Winery, Organic Herbal Baths from Rosebud Botanicals, lotion from Griffieon’s Farmhouse Suds, a soft washcloth from Heart of Iowa and of course, fudge from Wagner Enterprises.

Perhaps you would like to help someone live a greener life and help protect our enviroment and body from chemicals by putting together a Green Clean basket.  You could give Grandma’s Soap Multipurpose Cleaner and also their Wood Cleaner, Laundry Soap from Heart of Iowa, hand soap from Rosebud Botanicals, a Griffieon Family Farms crocheted dishcloth,  and maybe a set of hand-embroidered tea towels too. If you really want to up the green clean value, add a flat of wheatgrass from Wheatgrass to Go! Then they will be clean inside AND out!

If you know someone who is a DIYer, give them a Pork Belly from Iowa Farm Families and a bundle or two of Apple Wood from Berry Patch Farm so they can cure and smoke their own bacon.  Not into the curing part? Give them a pork roast and some apple wood to smoke their own Canadian bacon.  Maybe they would rather make their own laundry soap? Grandmas Soaps offers a make your own Laundry Soap kit.  If they love to can give them a bushel of apples from Berry Patch to make their own apple butter or can their own pie filling.

Now this would be a basket I would love to receive.  A Good Morning World Breakfast Basket! It could have Greene Bean Coffee, eggs from Raccoon Forks, Wild Rose or Annas place, Crooked Gap bacon from their heritage hogs, Caramel Pecan Cinnamon Rolls from Daily Bread or English Muffin Bread from Country Lane Bakery,  maybe even the Buckwheat Pancake mix from Country Lane too and honey from Novae Vitae as a sweet treat to top it all off. Of course a jar of jam from Twin Girls Garden is always a welcome gift!

Grandma’s  Soap is offering gift baskets already put together for you, Live Now Rest Later offers personalized silver jewelry for that hard to buy for person.  For something different, what about a gift ham? Iowa Farm Families offers quarter, half and whole pit hams.  Or a pie?  How about a delicious pie from Wagner Enterprises? Woven rugs, caps and berets from Two Cedars Weaving to keep them warm, a beautiful shawl from Hibbs Farm plus Rosebud Botanicals Lip Balms make great stocking stuffers.

Or, just give them a gift membership to the Iowa Food Coop, to quote National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation “Its the gift that keeps on giving”.



  1. What great ideas. I wish I had read this while I was at the Open House. Could have gotten all my Christmas shopping done! :( What a wonderful variety of products there that day. And hats off to Raccoon Forks Farms for the Christmas collards and caroling!
    Lisa

  2. Great list of baskets! And what a unique Christmas gift~thanks!
    Katie