Still searching for the perfect gift? There’s no better place to look than the Bank Street Winter Market! Open from 8-1PM on Saturdays, you’ll find plenty of local goods for everyone on your list. Keep your dollars local this season by shopping with your neighbors, because for every $100 you spend locally, $68 stays within your community!
1. Handmade Soap
The older we get, the more we appreciate getting practical gifts like soap in our stockings. Showertreat Soap is one of our favorites, and you’ll find Laura selling her handmade soaps, deodorants, lotions and more every Saturday at the winter market. She’s even got beard oil in stock for the well groomed men in your life.
2. Peppermint Oil
Peppermint Jim has been distilling mint oils for generations. In fact, back in the 30’s they used to supply oil to Wrigley Chewing Gum! These days they’re selling peppermint and spearmint essential oils, as well as misters, lip balms, muscle rubs, and more.
Winter is here, and a chill is in the air. Keep your loved ones warm with alpaca socks from Augusta Creek or tie dyed bamboo options from Blum. You’ll also find plenty of hand knitted hats and mittens around from a variety of vendors.
Store bought jelly has nothing on the handmade jam found at markets. Plus, many of our makers like Bilberry Jams and Wiltse Kitchen buy fruit locally when it’s in season. You’ll be supporting your favorite farmers as well with each jar you buy.
5. A CSA Share
Give the gift of fresh food. If someone in your life is looking to shop more locally and eat more veggies, a CSA Share is just what they need. You’ll pay a fee to invest in a farm early on in the season (when they need the money most!), and in exchange they’ll receive a box of seasonal veggies and recipes each week. Think Blue Apron, but better. If you’re at the market, ask Green Gardens or Crisp Country Acres about their shares.
Jewelry should be made with love. Give someone special something unique and handmade, like these Beach Glass and Broken China necklaces and earrings.
7. Wood Cutting Boards
A good meal starts with not only good ingredients, but also good tools. A well made cutting board will last you years if you take care of it, and you’ll find a few different woodworkers selling their creations at the winter market. Be sure to pick up a jar of board butter while you’re at it to keep it shiny and beautiful.
8. CBD Products
CBD has started to take the wellness world by storm, and Troll Meds has affordable options that can help with topical pain relief, as well as inflammation. They have products for people AND pets!
9. Paper Whites
These fragrant white blooms are sure to brighten any dreary Winter day. Flowerfield Farmstead is slinging them at the winter market, but you’ll also find their paper white’s for sale at Sawall’s and MidTown Fresh. Bonus: We noticed on their website that they’ll have a Flower CSA available in 2019!
10. Market Bucks
Last but not least, did you know we have gift cards? Market Bucks come in $1 and $5 increments and work just like cash at the market. You can spend them on anything from produce to food truck fare, as 99% of our Vendors accept them. You can either buy them at our online store, or stop by PFC Natural Grocery and Deli to buy them in person.
Everybody loves cheese, and The Cheese People of Grand Rapids have everything you need to make that picture perfect charcuterie board. More into spreads? Check out Black Kase Cheese.
2. Vegan Snacks
Vegans rejoice- Kahoona’s Kitchen has a tasty Cashew Cheez Spread that is sure to satisfy people from all diets. The maker, Jeff, also has plenty of other crunchy snacks such as brittle, krackers, date bites, and kookie bars.
After a few drinks, everyone is going to be fighting over those salty or sweet popcorn bowls. We’re partial to the classic caramel from Pop City Popcorn, but won’t judge if you opt for something crazy like a rainbow mix.
4. Rum Balls
Not a baker? You need to stop by Sarkozy Bakery and stock up on all the good stuff. Try the rum balls. You won’t be disappointed, and neither will your guests.
Locally roasted beans make the best cup of coffee. Buy yourself a bag from Java Jones Handcrated Coffee and share it at your next get together. Everyone needs a pick me up in the late hours of the night.
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