EDIBLE DISCOVERIES AND GIFT IDEAS WINTER 2012

Visiting a sick friend? Ha, it’s winter! The cure-all for whatever ails you, Jewish Penicillin! Great housewarming gift! Great Barrington Bagel Company & Deli,777 Main St.; 413-528-9053

Berkshire Mountain Bakery—Just for the holidays, panettone and Dutch-style stollen filled with rum-soaked golden raisins. Both available throughout December.367 Park St., Housatonic. 413-274-3412; BerkshireMountainBakery.com

Visit Spruce Ridge Alpaca Farm on 434 Route 13 in Old Chatham, New York. Their shop has exquisite coats, sweaters and hats, many made from the wool of their own alpacas. Open Sa– Su 10am–4pm and will also be at the Berkshire Botanical Gardens Holiday Market December 1–2. 518-794-6294; SpruceRidgeFarm.com

For those of you avoiding gluten, try the gluten- free (and vegan) cupcakes at Barrington Bites, 31 Railroad St. in Great Barrington— delicious! 413-528-0660

Dutch Desserts of Kinderhook— you’ve tasted their fruit and chocolates tarts at our local farmers’ markets—they make great gifts! Available at Guido’s in Pittsfield and Great Barrington. 518-758-8820; DutchDesserts.com

Sweet Girl Brownie Company, in Rhinecliff , New York, makes fantastic gluten-free “life-changing” brownies. SweetGirlBrownies.com

Chocolate Springs, purveyor of handcrafted European-style gourmet dark chocolates, made at their café in Lenox Commons, 55 Route 7. Chocolatier Joshua Needleman, in collaboration with Berkshire Mountain Distillers, has created a Bourbon Ganache in Dark Chocolate. The 1.25-ounce bars are an addition to the café’s wonderful ganache chocolate assortment. Don’t go home without some. Additionally, with winter upon us, Josh has created “Lip Love”. Protect your lips from the cold with organic coconut oil, cocoa butter and, yes, a little dark chocolate. No claim as to its UV properties! 413-637-9820; ChocolateSprings.com

Your Spice of Life, spices packaged in Hillsdale and found in Hillsdale at the General Store, and Passiflora. With great packaging and names like Instant Jerk, Racy Paprika and Feisty Fiesta, these organic spices and spice blends would please all the cooks on your list. YourSpiceOfLife.com

Barrington Coffee Roasting Co., 165 Quarry Hill Rd., Lee. These local roasters were recently awarded a rating of 97 out of 100 from CoffeeReview.com, an independent publication that conducts blind tastings and publishes articles and coffee reviews. The honored bean was Perci Red Panama Gesha from Silla De Pando in Volcan, Panama, described as having a “distinctive fl oral and crisp, often chocolaty cup.” Available in limited quantity for $75.95 a pound. Order small-batch roasted coffee from the local source, online or at Lenox Coffee, 52 Main St., Lenox. Great to give when visiting over the holidays. 800-528-0998; BarringtonCoffee.com/store

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