MORNING GLORY FARMS AND THE JOY OF LOCAL GIFTING
We truly love this time of year at General Store. We get to share all of the things we’ve been working on since June (yes, we were taste-testing peppermint maltballs while it was 110 degrees outside!) We also get to help people put together gift baskets for everyone from clients to Thanksgiving hosts to neighbors and teachers.While we are a store, and of course want people to like what we sell, we also challenge ourselves to offer thoughtful and inspired goods to our customers.
We prefer making gift baskets with you rather than offering a bunch of pre-made options. It’s fun for us to ask questions and guide our customers through our offerings. It might be less efficient than having rows of pre-filled baskets, but we like it this way better. (On a side note, we do lots of corporate gifts this time of year, whether it’s for just a few clients or a whole roster full. Just give us a call so we can set some time aside to meet with you.)
We’ve partnered with several familiar faces to create goodies for the holidays, so when you come in, be on the lookout for these just-for-General-Store items to turn up the local flavor this holiday!
• Oak & Mistletoe candles from Jeriel at Fable Soap Co.
• Classic or Mexican Cocoa, Cider and Mulling spices from Yes! Artisan Cocktail Co.
• Warm Cinnamon or Toasted Pumpkin bar soaps from Gardenesque
• Santa Maria Red or White spice blends from Le Z Ranch
• Our #spreadjoy General Store tea towels
And you cannot make a Thanksgiving gift basket without the pumpkin butter from Morning Glory Farms. Belia and Sue, the mother/daughter jam team that makes our Rose Wine Jelly and more, have been making treats from their own produce and fruit for years. It’s a family tradition – Sue grew up canning with her mom – and we are always excited to expand our offerings from Morning Glory at this time of year. Tart Cherry, Pomegranate, Apple Butter – all the flavors of Fall and Winter are deliciously captured in the little jars with the white lids.
We asked Sue a few questions, during her last delivery, about Morning Glory Farms and working with her mom.
What is something you’d want everyone to know about the jams and jellies you make for General Store?
Morning Glory Farms grows its fruits and vegetables without pesticides or chemicals. And it sounds like we’re always harvesting because we are!
What is the strangest/most unique jam you’ve ever made?
We make a jalapeño, oregano and red wine jelly that is delicious!
What’s the best way to use pumpkin butter?
It is great on toast, bagel, crackers, croissants, on ice cream. I have put in my coffee to make a pumpkin spice coffee with whipped cream.
Remember to come visit us on Small Business Saturday, right after Thanksgiving. Coffee and donuts are on us!
Grateful for you all and
for this community,
The General Store Team