Whether you embrace it or reject it, celebrate it or denounce it; Valentine’s Day is just around the corner. Typically, the holiday is filled with greeting cards, flowers, candy and even proposals; but, what about the rest of us, those that have done the cards and flowers and are already married? According to Time.com; 82% of us would rather have an “experience” than a gift on this day, so I here’s an idea; why not get that “experience” at the Downtown Appleton Indoor Winter Farm Market? Now, before you start throwing tomatoes at me, hear me out. The market has a lot of great gift ideas, made my local artists; chefs and growers that can all help you make the day an “experience”.
New this year are her heart shaped mugs, perfect for sauces, gravy, or if you want to drink your favorite coffee from the heart.
Woven rugs, beautiful handcrafted jewelry and wonderful bath and body products are also available at market.
Beth Rogers of Venneford Farm Country Meats recently posted in her e-newsletter ideas for a romantic basket filled with goodies from the market. She suggested stopping by Donna’s Country Baskets and picking up a handmade basket or better yet, sign up for one of Donna’s classes and make a basket at market in just a morning. Then, walk through the market and fill that basket. Here are just a few ideas to get you started:
Romantic Dinner: start with some great steaks from Venneford Farms like their Porterhouse, T-bone, Kansas City Strip or New York Strip, Tenderloin or give Goat Loin or Rib Chops a try. Also available at market: Lamb shanks or shoulder from Hample Haven Farm; Turkey, Duck or Chicken from Nami Moon Farms; or seafood available from Supreme Seafood. Finish off the basket with some sweet potatoes for baking or any other veggies your sweetheart would like. You can add some bakery, as we have wonderful bread vendors at market as well: Natural Expressions has delicious whole wheat, Ann’s Gluten Free has delicious Tomato Basil bread and Renard’s European Breads has delicious artisan breads and flavored gorgonzola butter spreads to go along with.
Desserts and Treats: Valentine’s Day just isn’t complete without something sweet. So, how about vendor Chocolate T with her homemade toffee, caramels and fudge; Sweets by Laureen with her Cupcake Pops, (they’re like truffles on a stick); Sweet Temptations by Michael with his hand dipped chocolates in a wide variety of flavors, (includes habanero, ghost pepper, lemon, peanut butter, etc.); and Fat Girlz Bakin has delicious large cupcakes, different flavors each week. Each one is like a mini edible piece of art.
More Food Options: There’s still more to decide from. Almost Nuts Soy Nuts has roasted, milk chocolate, dark chocolate and yogurt covered soy nuts. Dalla Terra Pasta has homemade pasta in a variety of flavors, including ravioli. Soup, dip and pancake/ waffle mixes are available from Soup and Dipity, LLC. Mudd Creek has gluten-free baking mixes, along with flavored fruit spreads. Hippie Wayne has jams, canned goods, salsa’s and more. Godere SummerTime Salsa has four different varieties of salsa flavors. Red Belly Farms not only has their fresh produce, but they also have canned goods and flavored jams.
If you took me up on my suggestions above, your basket is heaping and all you have left to do is finish it off with a card. How about a beautiful handcrafted card made for you by Michele of Yellow Rose Memories?