My friends and I are preparing for our holiday gift fair, scheduled for December 3 and 4 here at the resort. We know each other, basically, from the Mountain Home and the Lakeview Farmers Markets these last few summers.
Tamara is the whole grain guru in these parts. She grinds a variety of grains and makes beautiful bread, muffins, biscuits, cookies – everything. She sells the flour and mixes and teaches breadmaking -- even sorry bakers like me can make a great loaf of bread after a class with her.
Mary created a line of luscious natural skin care and bath products. I use some of her lovely herbal oils, lotions, cleansing creams and toners for myself and for the occasional facial or hand treatment in my massage business.
Deb and daughters Megan and Emily are talented crafters and bakers and lord knows what all else. I’ve sampled a few loaves of their delicious bread, many cookies, and admired some of their weavings. Yum.
Judy will bring her pretty home décor pieces, wreaths, frames, flower arrangements, maybe even some jewelry. Judy has a knack for recycling cast-offs into beautiful objets d’art.
And I will have my blends and vinegars for sale, plus some seasonal herbal cooking and dipping oils, herb butters and gourmet mustards. Plus, we’ll have a hot lunch for sale, and donate some of the proceeds the Bull Shoals Food Pantry.
Here's the menu: Hot Chimichurri Pork Sandwich on a Homemade Whole-Grain Onion Roll
Vegetarian Lentil-Tomato Soup
Holiday Dessert, Coffee, Herb Tea, or Water
Oh, yes, and we will have some collectors items: Thomas Kinkade Christmas cottages.
If you’re going to be around that weekend, I hope you’ll stop in for a look and a bite to eat!