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5 Local Food Gifts You Need to Gift


This holiday season, think (and buy) local. It’s easy to do with the array of amazing food products made in our neck of the woods. When you support local businesses, you can feel good about purchasing high-quality, one-of-a-kind products from entrepreneurs who are committed to giving back to the community. Check out our mini guide below for some local gift-giving inspiration:

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Manatawny Still Works: This top-notch Pottstown distillery’s line of J. Potts Whiskey, T. Rutter Rum, Three Bitches Wheat Vodka and small-batch aged whiskey would make any gift recipient’s spirits much brighter. Or give the gift of an experience and take your loved one on a distillery tour, offered every Friday, Saturday and Sunday. 320 Circle of Progress Drive, Suite 104, Pottstown, (484) 624-8271, www.manatawnystillworks.com.

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Saint Lucifer Spice: Warm someone up from the inside out with the gift of a Saint Lucifer Spice holiday gift box. Boxes feature two bottles of Saint Lucifer’s signature blend of garlic, salt, vinegar and habanero peppers; three Halo Diablo Beef Jerky bags; two bloody Mary starters; two bags each of microwave popcorn and Chex Mix (the perfect bases for a spicy StL snack); and four fabulous recipes. Shop www.saintluciferspice.com or look for Saint Lucifer Spice in area-wide stores.

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Birchrun Hills Farms: This family-owned and -operated farm produces hand-crafted raw milk cheeses year-round in a variety that includes richy, creamy Birchrun Blue; sharp and nutty Highland Alpine; earthy, tangy Fat Cat; and more. Find the perfect gift for your family’s cheese aficionado at farmers’ markets in Phoenixville, Bryn Mawr and Malvern and at Kimberton Whole Foods, DiBruno Bros. and the Fair Food Farmstand in Reading Terminal Market. You can also order by phone. (610) 827-1603, www.birchrunhillsfarm.com.

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Tradestone Confections: Take the quick trip to Conshohocken and marvel at hand-made, gourmet sweets as far as the eye can see: barks, caramels, pâté de fruit, truffles and more. Tradestone’s seasonal line includes a whiskey tasting box, cranberry nutmeg seasonal bars, peppermint bark and winter holiday assortments, in addition to holiday gift packages. Shipping is also available across the United States. 117 Fayette Street, Conshohocken, (484) 368-3096, www.tradestoneconfections.com.

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Righteous Felon Jerky Cartel: West Chester–based Righteous Felon Jerky’s “high-potency” jerky product is crafted from natural ingredients and superior Black Angus beef that is raised naturally, without the use of growth hormones or antibiotics. All jerky is handmade and produced in small batches to ensure freshness, quality and consistency. New this year for the cartel: Victorious B.I.G., the result of a collaboration with local craft beer experts Victory Brewing Company. Order online at www.righteousfelon.com.