By The Elves at edible South Shore & South Coast Magazine
*We hope this edible Gift Guide will bring you in touch with local makers, shops, eateries and small businesses who feed, clothe and delight locavore shoppers. This holiday season, and all year long, we can infuse our money- and our appreciation, by shopping within our local marketplace:
Brix Bounty Farm
Gift a CSA share and nourish the ones you love! Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) allows consumers to develop deeper connection to where their food is grown. Through this relationship, you’ll come to think of Brix Bounty Farm as your farm. Vegetables are grown with respect for the earth and future generations. Give the gift of nutritious food.
Cork Wine and Tapas
Located in the heart of Historic Downtown New Bedford, Cork is an eclectic eatery, the Cork menu highlights our city’s love affair with the sea while also including a wide range of options for both vegetarian and meat lovers alike. Schedule your next event at the ‘Best Event Space in the South Coast’, the Tabor Room upstairs at Cork; a quick ride from Wareham, Rochester, Mattapoisett, Acushnet, Fairhaven, Dartmouth, Westport, & even Cape Cod & Rhode Island. Gift Cards are available online 24/7.
Cuttyhunk Shellfish Farms
Send your loved ones the fresh taste of New England waters. Cuttyhunk Shellfish Farms ship freshly harvested Cuttyhunk oysters direct to your door. Check the raw bar by mail information and plan to enjoy oysters, fresh from the island waters.
Hearty, delicious, warming soup is one of the prime antidotes to winter in New England. Located in downtown New Bedford, Destination Soups is a place to be discovered and offers much more than soup: stellar grilled cheese and other sandwiches, along with a non-standard mac and cheese among other comfort foods. Gift certificates available to this favorite lunch spot.
Gaspar’s, since 1923 ‘The Portuguese Sausage that the whole world can enjoy’. You don’t have to be Portuguese to love Linguica and Chourico. Thousands of food lovers of all ethnic backgrounds treasure these smoky, zesty flavored sausages. Visit the website for online specials, gift packs and holiday shipping, get 15% OFF your if ordered by Friday, December 19!
Gray’s Grist Mill brand of corn meal is made from Rhode Island Narragansett Flint Corn which is grown on the southern coast of Rhode Island, where soft balmy breezes impart to the grain that genuine softness and tempting flavor. Aged in open air corn cribs by the sun and winds. Serve Gray’s Gristmill Jonny Cakes on your Holiday Breakfast table, makes a great stocking stuffer too.
How on Earth
How on Earth in Mattapoisett is a one stop shop for all your local and sustainable grocery needs as well as unique gifts. Gift certificates available.
Join us on Mondays for our spectacular $35 dinner for two including a bottle of wine, salad and a choice of 2 entrees. Gift Certificates available.
Moonlight Rose Alpaca
Give the gift of warmth with local Alpaca fiber knitwear. Visit Moonlight Rose Alpacas’ Farm Store to stock up on socks, scarves, hats and more.
Partners Village Store and Kitchen
Toys, Gifts, Books and a cafe to recharge! All the toys in the shop inspire a connection to nature and the shore to enhance children’s appreciation for the Westport surrounds. Since 1979, Partners Village Store & Kitchen has been one of the Southcoast’s most inviting and inspiring destinations, proudly offering local folks and visitors a lively, light-hearted shopping and dining experience.
Soule Homestead Education Center
Looking for a special gift for a family or friend who loves the outdoors? Gift a membership to this farm based non-profit in Middleboro. Soule educates children and adults about caring for farm animals, growing food, and earth-based arts and craft like weaving and rug braiding. Members enjoy discounts on many programs and receive the quarterly newsletter, “Heart & Soule” and also receive a complimentary ticket for the Harvest Fair and Sheep Day.
A grocery store for holiday gifts? You bet! Gift cards travel well to friends and relatives who will appreciate a gift of groceries. Online ordering is also available to help make your entertaining easier with house made party pans of lasagna and meatballs, cheese and appetizer platters, fruit baskets, dessert trays and more.
Savings bonds, a savings account for a newborn in the family, or a money order for a college student who‘d appreciate help buying books next semester. Weymouth Bank is a truly local, independent, community bank dedicated to developing long-term customer relationships in Weymouth, Kingston and throughout the South Shore.
Williams Trading Post
Looking for seasonal plants, wreaths, trees, antiques, gifts, or collectibles? Stop by this rustic and merry shop and avoid the malls and big box stores. Williams Trading, a seasonal plant and antique shop, has just the right touch of something from the past and something fresh, for the holidays.
Travessia Urban Winery
Gift certificates, Wine Club Memberships and Gift baskets for everyone on your list.
Al’s Backwoods Berries
Al makes some boozy jams to douse appetizers, burgers and even morning toast with a giddy kick: Moonshine, Sam’s Winter Larger, and Cran Wine. Al’s jams are available online, at Common Sense Market in Plymouth Center, Plymouth Bay Winery and at various winter and holiday markets.
Brown Boar Farm
Well you can’t stuff a stocking with sausages, but a gift certificates for a Brown Boar Sausage box- that fits! Nourish someone on your list with a gift of heritage, pastured pork. Gift Certificates available by mail or at various holiday and winter markets.
Cape Cod Beer
Want to guarantee you are invited to that holiday party again next year? Fill growlers of fresh, draft Merry Berry Holiday Ale, Oatmeal Stout, and Hoppy Holidays (or inspire warm thoughts and go for Beach Blonde!) to bring to holiday gatherings. Cape Cod Brewery also carries a LOT OF LOCAL gift from area makers and cooks. Open Mon-Friday 10-6pm, Saturdays 11-3. Gift Certificates available.
Dirt Water Distillery
Dirty Water Distillery makes artisanal liquors in the heart of Plymouth. Not your grandfather’s liquor (except for one), rather new and exciting liquors that offer a modern taste enabling outstanding cocktails. Give a call about hours and take a look at the store locator on the Dirty Water site to find where you buy some, makes a great gift for party hosts.
Hearth Artisan Bread
Be careful at this Plymouth bakery, open 9-6 every day, you’ll see the temptation is absurd! STOLLEN and PANETTONE beautifully wrapped; Ambrosia cookies and Toffee biscotti; Rustic Rosemary, Bakers Harvest, Sourdough, Four Cheese, Six Braid Challah, Raisin Pumpernickel Rye and more bread, sliced to order- all from a wood fired hearth oven. Call ahead to place an order at 774-773-9388 or visit and see what’s warm from the oven. Gift Certificates available.
For those on your list who “Think independent, drink independent”. Each IndieFerm beer is brewed in Plymouth with the season using yeasts based on the temperature of the unheated brewing barn. Alt yeast in the winter, abbey ales in the spring and fall, saisons in the summer – every beer a seasonal specialty. Expect a mix of malt-forward, hop-forward, and yeast-forward styles. Find 22 oz bottles of IndieFerm beers at Cedarville Wine and Spirits, Long Ridge Wine and Spirits, Pioppi’s all in Plymouth; Blanchard’s in Marshfield; and Craft Beer Cellar in Braintree.
Martha Stone serves local food, with love, from a drive up kiosk in North Plymouth. Vegan, vegetarian, locavore or gluten free friends will appreciate a gift certificate for a nourishing treat. Martha’s serves take home, locally sourced meals, sandwiches, soups, smoothies and desserts Mon- Fri, 11-3pm. Out shopping in the Plymouth area? Treat yourself to a REAL FOOD lunch to keep yourself well-nourished as you wrap up your list.
Manomet Lobster Pound
Perched on the oceans edge at Manomet Point, this full service seafood shop specializes in Live New England Lobster from Chix to Jumbos. To ensure the highest quality, The Lobster Pound buys directly from fishing boats. You can even get lobsters cooked to perfection for pick up. Gift certificates available.
Mayflower Brewing Co.
Beer Lovers, you can stop at the Plymouth brewery for a pint AND pick up soft, cotton apparel, glassware, and bar gear emblazoned with the handsome Mayflower art work. Gift cards are available and ONLINE shopping too, for gifting to the far flung local beer lovers on your list.
My Little Bakery
Imagine warm from the oven chocolate bread (weekends), flaky dinner rolls, white bread made with fresh and few ingredients, sourdough boules and spicy molasses cookies. My Little Bakery in Duxbury specializes in fresh bread and has gift certificates for gifting, sans crumbs! Please call the bakery at (781) 934-2352, to purchase a GC or visit for a taste!
Plimoth Museum Shops
Plimoth Plantation shops are open daily from 10am – 7pm through 12/23 and 10am – 12pm on 12/24 (for those last minute shoppers). Bayberry and beeswax candles, wampum jewelry, Native wool blankets, colonial games for kids, reproduction pottery, a distinctive selection of books, and fudge freshly made at the museum are some of the many gifts to choose from. Gift wrapping available.
Plymouth Winery offer lots more than just award winning wines: American-made wine racks, Candelabras made from wine barrels, Wine glasses and other glassware, Wine-themed and other locally-made jewelry, Italian-made wine-themed placemats, spoon rests, and other kitchen items, Local honey, cranberry jams, chutney, and other local food item. And of course a range of wines from sweet fruit wine to dry whites, beautifully packaged. Shop Locally and Buy Local, shipping available.
Skip the Boston traffic and parking quandary, visit Quincy for an ethnic or traditional dinner at any one of many fine restaurants found in the City of Presidents. Gift Certificates available.
Morrison’s Home and Garden
Got Gardeners on your list? Bird lovers, pet owners? Morrison’s in Plymouth has veggie, flower and herb seeds, blooming houseplants, bird feeders, suet cakes for outdoor tree trimming, deer antlers for dogs, and a wide selection of winter greens, wreaths and trees. It’s time to stock up!
edible SOUTH SHORE & SOUTH COAST is a quarterly magazine that celebrates the abundance of local foods in Southeastern Massachusetts. At edible SOUTH SHORE & SOUTH COAST we believe that our food and shopping choices do make a difference – to our health, to the health of our planet, and to our enjoyment of life. With that in mind, we bring you news of our region’s farmers, brewers, food artisans, chefs, home gardeners, and others who have a dedication to producing and using sustainably produced, local, seasonal foods, spirits, services and goods.
* A Special THANKS to Cape Cod Beer for the SHOP LOCAL EVERY DAY image.