Missouri businesses offer holiday gifts

Wednesday, December 12, 2012 | 7:21 p.m. CST; updated 9:05 p.m. CST, Wednesday, December 12, 2012

COLUMBIA — AgriMissouri businesses are putting their spin on holiday gifts.

The AgriMissouri Holiday Gift Guide compiles an assortment of holiday-themed products from agriculture businesses across the state. Gift ideas include sweets, preserves, wines, lotions, alpaca rugs and two-night stays at multiple bed-and-breakfasts.

This is the second year the Missouri Department of Agriculture has produced the guide. The gifts are sorted by price: Gifts range from less than $10 to more than $100. The purpose of the guide is to remind Missourians of locally made products during the gift-giving season.

“Whether it is visiting a farmers’ market, taking the family to pick out the perfect tree or wreath or purchasing a favorite wine, jam or jelly, we hope to see all Missourians supporting our great local products and outstanding producers throughout the holiday season,” Director of Agriculture Jon Hagler said in a news release. 

Here is a sample of Missouri suppliers:

For the meat lover

Unlike Thanksgiving, there is not a standard, traditional meal for the winter holidays.

Across the state, Missouri businesses are working to accommodate the variety in tastes.

Alewel's Country Meats (Warrensburg), US Wellness Meats (Lafayette), Caldarello Italian Sausage (Kansas City), Swiss Meat & Sausage Company (Hermann) and Missouri Legacy Beef (Salisbury) are among the Missouri meat businesses offering sausage and beef gift packages.

Free-range chicken, duck and turkey can be found at Bountiful Acres, LLC (Madison). Circle B Ranch, LLC (Seymor) has a variety of pork products including free-range and grass-fed.

For the griller or those wanting to spice up their holiday dinner, barbecue sauce and meat rub gift sets can be found at Uncle Bob's Spices and Blends (St. Charles), Hendrickson's Inc. (St. Charles) and Preacher Boy's Secret Sauce (Lebanon).

For the sweet tooth

Cookies, chocolates, caramels and other sugary treats are made across Missouri, as well as at least one unusual holiday dessert.

Kaitlynn's Deli and Ice Cream Shop in Brunswick is home to the cranberry eggnog cheesecake.

Shop owner Kaitlynn Richert was looking for holiday recipes when she first began making cheesecakes in 2006.

"I found this recipe online and decided to give it a try," she said. "Most people don't think eggnog and cranberry would taste good together because they're not normally paired together, but they do. I think it's amazing and a nice surprise for the people who try it."

The cheesecake is available from mid-November to the end of December.

For those looking for a lighter snack, Osage River Popcorn Company offers a wide range of flavors: cinnamon, chocolate mint, french vanilla, butterscotch, caramel pecan and more.

For the partygoer

Whether hosting a party, going to one or just adding a homemade beverage to a meal, these could do the job.

A Christmas Ale, a Muscato, a 2010 Late Harvest Seyval and a Bloody Mary mix set make a good host/hostess gifts or a nice addition to a dinner.

If a get-together is happening in the Kansas City area, a tasting room can be rented at the Boulevard Brewing Company for up to 35 people.

According to the Boulevard Brewing Company's website, the tasting room can be rented in the evenings for two to three hours, seven days a week. A tour of the brewery, video of how the brewery makes its beer and a sampling of the beer are included in renting out the tasting room. 

Supervising editor is Jeanne Abbott.

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