Looking for the perfect gift for a loved or for that hard to shop for person on this holiday season? Look no further than Connecticut’s dairy farms. Dairy farmers across the state are gearing up for the holiday season and offering fresh and delicious gift ideas.
In addition to finding great and unique gift ideas, shopping at a dairy farm is a great way to support a local small business. And, since most of Connecticut’s dairy farms are also family owned, it’s also a way to support a family business.
While many dairy farms in Connecticut have local stores where you can shop local and buy gift cards, here are 5 that offer something special for the holiday season.
Milk House Chocolates from Thorncrest Farm –
Kimberly and Clint Thorn feed their cows the finest, sweetest hay and natural feeds resulting in their signature cream milk and delicious artisanal chocolates, Milk House Chocolate. For the holidays, they offer a few seasonal flavors like Pumpkin Pie, Gingerbread, Apple Spice and Eggnog. They also make chocolate figurines such as Santas and Jolly Snowmen which make great stocking stuffers or to decorate the place settings on the holiday table. For Centerpieces to wow friends and family they also have large Santas & Nutcrackers.
Eggnog from Terra Firma Farm –
Nothing says “holidays” more than eggnog. The creamery at Terra Firma Farm is a local farmstead creamery and offers Holiday Eggnog- made from scratch with 6 simple ingredients. The farm also pasteurizes and bottles their own fresh milk on the farm. Directed by Brianne Casadei (aka Farmer Brie), Terra Firma Farm is located in North Stonington, Connecticut.
Wooden Cheese Box from Cato Corner Farm –
This small family-owned farm in Colchester has been making cave-aged, raw milk cheeses since 1997, and recently introduced a line of pasteurized cheese. Their cheeses have received national acclaim and numerous local and national awards. For the holidays, they are offering special gift packages including the “Farmer’s Market Basket” in a wooden cheese box. The Farmer’s Market Basket includes 3 cheeses, jam, Savor shortbread cookies, and Oui charcuterie.
Milk Soap from Cow’s Coop at Perry’s Dairy Perry’s Dairy –
Milk soap contains natural ingredients and is a great alternative to commercial soaps, which often have many harsh chemicals. The Cow’s Coop at Perry’s Dairy offers a holiday gift selection of milk soaps with a variety of themes and aromas. Located in Canton, it is a small family run farm. They recently opened a farm stand on the farm where people can shop for dairy goodies like cheese, milk, ice cream and soaps, as well as other small business items like fudge, honey and syrup.
Milk Soap from Fairholm Farm –
Located in Woodstock, this family-owned dairy farm produces milk soaps year-round but creates festive scents specifically for the holiday season. Established in 1920, Fairholm is a modern day that operates with the same values it has for the century it has been in business. While you can buy their milk soaps and other items on their website, they also love to invite visitors out to learn more about them and dairy farming. During the summer months, they host a Kids Farm Camp to give children an up-close and hands-on experience to modern agriculture.