Tell Us About Your Favorite Purveyors
Our editors have shared their favorite purveyors across the country, from splint baskets crafted in the Hudson Valley to delicious mail-order barbecue from Texas. Now it's your turn: Tell us what local delights you think others need to know about!
My favorite artisan is Julie Salter of Quite A Stir Bakers in Baltimore, MD. She makes the most fantastic pound cakes and snacks. Her treats remind me of the goodies my southern grandmother used to bake. Julie has an interesting story. She has arthritis and donates a percentage of her sales to the Arthritis Foundation. She does not have a store front, but she does have a web site (quiteastirbakers.com). She takes special orders and can ship her yummy southern treats anywhere in the US.
One of my favorite artisans is Gib Coalwell of Loveland, Colorado. He makes one-of-a-kind wooden boxes. His exquisite craftsmanship is augmented by his inventory of unusual woods, the individual engravings that each box receives, and the variety of shapes and sizes possible. Each box is produced for a specific occasion or purpose, such a jewelry box, sales promotion, or award presentation. These very affordable boxes are shipped all over the world. His website is OrionsWoods.com.
I love Green Mountain Spinnery in Putney VT (www.spinnery.com). They are worker owned and spin their yarns from US grown fibers (alpaca, mohair, wool and organic cotton). And, they make every effort to purchase directly from individual growers. Their 100% wool yarns are spun entirely from New England fleece. And, it's right across the street from the Putney Inn so make a weekend of it - especially nice in October.
I just discovered a wonderful site for finding goods and food made in your area. The site is called Locallectual (www.locallectual.com) and you can find goods by searching by category, by country, by state, by city, or even by mileage radius of a zipcode. It's a great source for those who want to buy local!
My favorite purveyor in Rhode Island is Mikija Handbags -- they sell their handmade papryus handbags completely online now at www.mikija.com. Prices range from $20-$30 -- and make fabulous gifts! They're based in Newport, RI and are produced at their prodcution facility in RI.
My favorite purveyor is Guy Daniels of Gandolf's Fine Chocolates at http://www.gandolfsfinechocolate.com Each chocolate is a work of art. The first bite through the outer crust of chocolate explodes in your mouth to reveal the inside of creamy truffle. Since Guy uses only the finest ingredients, the flavor is intense. I see Guy every weekend at my local farmers market. I hope you visit his website, or if you are in Sonoma County, stop at the Santa Rosa Farmers Market on Saturdays, all year.
On our way from Dallas to Palo Duro Canyon we discovered Valley Pecans in Chillicothe, Texas. They specify in everything pecan--whiite chocolate covered, dark and milk chocolate, cinnamon spiced, pecan butter, etc. The small shop on highway 287 also contains home decor items, bar-b-que rubs and sauces, and great home made bakery goods. What a great place to get out of the Texas sun for a few minutes. Visit their on-line shop at www.valleypecans.com.
I love Petits Noirs, a artisan chocolatier in the walla walla valley. All hand-dipped fresh truffles that come in the most amazing flavors, that are crafted to pair with all the great local wines. Beautiful packaging and gift options available online at:::www.petitsnoirs.com Nice web-site also, but going to their brightly colored boutique shop is so much fun....they serve tastings of the divine hot chocolate, and sample any chocolate truffle that you might be interested in...talk about heaven!
I like to support local artisans, crafters, growers and food producers, so I rely on NHMade.com to direct me to their 788 members They even participate in a Virtual Farmers' Market. Some of my favorites are Squamscott Beverages (36 different natural flavors, cane sugar and spring water), Dorothy Timberlake candies (thousands of antique barley sugar molds), and at this time of year, blueberries from Blueberry Bay Farm. I haven't seen anything like "New Hampshire Made" in another state.