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Year of Plenty

Official Last Minute Christmas Gift Guide for Spokane Area Local Food Fanatics

Chefs on the Farm Cookbook from the folks at Quillisascut - available at your local bookstore. (If you want to shore up your local foodie bona-fides learn how to spell Quillisascut without googling it. I'm almost there) See the side panel for other good book ideas.

A Slow Food Spokane River membership which is actually a membership with Slow Food USA available here. Slow Food is on the front lines of the healthy school lunch movement.

A membership with Main Market Food Co-Op. They have reasonable general and low income memberships available. Your membership will help get this baby off the ground and will get Spokane off the list of the last fairly large cities in the world without a food co-op.

Get a couple of Ground Beef Chubs from Susie David Beef or Rocky Ridge Ranch as stocking stuffers. They'll be at the Millwood Indoor Market between 2-6pm Wednesday at the Crossing Youth Center. There will be other stuff at the market tomorrow also.

How about a Millwood Farmers' Market T-Shirt? Email me if you're interested and I'll hook you up with the person that sells them.

Bumble Bars make great stocking stuffers and are made right here in the Spokane Valley. Powers Candy is also a local Spokane company.

Shepherd's Grain flour is always a welcome sight under the Christmas tree.

Gift Certificates to restaurants are always a hit. I'd recommend One World Spokane or Latah Bistro for restaurants with a local food edge.

And for something totally different, buy 10 trees for $10 to re-forest Latin America instead of $10 for a Poinsettia that you'll toss out in the a couple of weeks. Go here for more information.

Year of Plenty

The Year of Plenty blog was created by Craig Goodwin in the winter of 2008 to chronicle the experiences of his family as they sought to consume everything local, used, homegrown or homemade. That journey was a wonderful introduction to people and movements in the Spokane area who are seeking the welfare of the community through local foods, farmers markets, community gardens, sustainable transportation, and more fulfilling and just patterns of consumption. In 2009 and beyond the blog will continue to report on these relationships and practices, all through the eyes of a family with young children. Craig manages the Millwood Farmers' Market, is a Master Food Preserver and Pastor at Millwood Presbyterian Church. Craig can be reached at