Here are a few locally made foods that make great gifts – Reading Eagle
It’s hard to go wrong when giving a gift of food, especially if that food is locally produced or prepared. Fortunately, there is no shortage of options for gift givers looking for products that are sure to be appreciated and enjoyed. Berks County and the surrounding area are home to meat processors, pretzel bakers, candy makers, wine producers, cheese makers and others whose products make great holiday gifts.
We are happy to provide some suggestions to get you started.
Many of these items can be ordered and shipped directly to the person you’re buying for, or you can shop in person. Remember, this is just a small sampling of locally made food gifts. You can get other ideas from the Berks Agricultural Resource Network’s Holiday Food and Gift Guide at BARN-gift-guide.pdf (rebuildberks.com).
Located in Spring Township, Anita’s Biscotti serves up more than 50 flavors of this Italian pastry, which due to its low moisture content and crispiness travels well and has a long shelf life. With flavors including truly vanilla, birthday cake, white chocolate macadamia, anise, chocolate almond, blueberry, cherry and chocolate-dipped orange, the biscotti can be ordered online and shipped to any location.
All biscotti is made on the premises, and each is individually wrapped. You also can shop at the showroom at 3001 Shillington Road, where two sizes of biscotti are available in a wide range of flavors. A variety of gift baskets also is available, with prices starting at $5. Learn more and place orders at anitas-biscotti.com.
Members of the Bauman family have been making fruit butters in Sassamansville, Montgomery County, in much the same way since the late 1800s. They produce at least 18 kinds of butters, including apple, peach, plum, pumpkin, sweet tomato, strawberry, pear and blueberry. Other items, including homemade ketchup, chili sauce and applesauce, also are available.
Gift packs and individual items can be ordered online and shipped, or you can shop at Bauman’s location at 116 Hoffmansville Road. A complete product listing and order form are available on Bauman’s website at baumanfamily.com.
If you know someone who enjoys smoked meats, add Dietrich’s Meats & County Store to your list of shopping destinations. Dietrich’s, located at 660 Old Route 22 in Krumsville, offers a variety of bolognas, pork roll, kielbasa, sausage, beef jerky and other smoked meats, all of which are suitable for shipping, as they don’t require refrigeration. In addition to these products, Dietrich’s sells fresh meats, cheeses, smoked and fresh poultry; homemade pies, cakes and cookies; pickled meats; and other Pennsylvania Dutch specialties. You can view all Dietrich’s products on its website at dietrichsmeats.com.
Having celebrated its 10th anniversary earlier this year, Unique Snacks offers a variety of gift boxes, decorative tins, variety samplers and other items that make great holiday gifts.
The company’s sole manufacturing facility is located in Muhlenberg Township, where it produces and distributes its original Unique Splits pretzels, pretzel shells, sprouted pretzels, sourdough pretzels, chocolate pretzels and chocolate crunchies. It also offers a line of pretzel dips, available in four flavors. Products can be purchased at the company’s store at 215 E. Bellevue Ave. or ordered on its website or from Amazon. Learn more about what’s available at uniquesnacks.com.
Perhaps nothing says Berks County more than pretzels, and there are plenty to be had at Tom Sturgis Pretzels in Cumru Township. The bakery has an extensive gift list from which you can pick treats to be shipped to any street address in the continental U.S. Shipments cannot be made to P.O. boxes or to Alaska, Hawaii or U.S. territories. A convenient “quick order” feature has been added to the website to expedite ordering and
shipping. Ground shipping fees are included in the cost of the order.
All available items can be viewed on the company’s website at tomsturgispretzels.com, or you
can visit the store at 2267 Lancaster Ave.
Fans of hard cider are likely to appreciate a gift from Frecon Farms in Boyertown, which
produces six varieties of “everyday ciders,” along with four estate ciders and a yearly specialty cider.
Hard cider gift baskets are available to order, and the ciders are available for purchase at a variety of locations, including farmers markets, beverage distributors and Frecon Farms’ store at 501 S. Reading Ave. You can check out all the locations where the cider is available for sale on Frecon Farms’ website at freconfarms.com.
In addition to hard cider, Frecon Farms features a scratch bakery that produces pies, cookies, donuts, quiche, sweet breads and more, all of which are available for sale, along with fruit, soups, specialty gift items and other products, in the store.
Don’t overlook Berks County wineries for gifts wine enthusiasts will love. With more than a dozen local wineries, many of which have produced award-winning wines, you’re sure to find something for all the wine lovers on your gift list. For more information about the locations of wineries and what they offer, go to pennsylvaniawine.com/wine-trails/berks-county, or berkscountywinetrail.com.
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