Maybe it’s the giving and maybe it’s the getting, but who doesn’t like to play Secret Santa? While it isn’t the most secular of games–Christmas, after all, wasn’t always so commercial–furtive gifting is a far cry from midnight mass or Stations of the Cross. It is a holiday pleasure for all to enjoy.

Plus, Claus likes to eat, and I think he probably supports our mission.

This year, try being a Sustainable or Slow Santa. Here are a few ideas (also good for Chanukah, birthdays, Valentine’s Day, or just to say you love me):

  • June Taylor – Works with small farms to produce marmalades, conserves, and fruit butters from heirloom and forgotten fruits.
  • Flying Pigs Farm – Heritage breed pork products from Large Blacks, Gloucestershire Old Spots, and Tamworths.
  • “Smudge” – Sheep’s milk fudge from Stoney Acres in Missouri. Try plain, peanut butter, or raspberry.
  • Marshall’s Farm Natural Honeys – Bay Area honey varietals. Try the lavender-infused on a piece of crisp, dark toast.
  • Wild boar summer sausage – For the meat plate at your classy party. Try the stuff from Broken Arrow Ranch.

There are plenty of other ideas out there. Poke around, be adventurous. Tell a loved one you are thinking of him or her AND the food system. ‘Tis the season.