Local Gifts We Love

by Adirondack Life | December 2019

Photographs by Carrie Marie Burr

Holiday picks from the editors

CSA Subscription

The promise of a weekly market basket filled with fresh local food is a perfect antidote to winter blahs and a great way to support regional agriculture. Check out www.adirondackharvest.com or your county’s cooperative extension office to learn more about Adirondack farms offering memberships. Prices vary.

Stuck in the Mud Pottery

Modern designs from Brant Lake potter Janelle Beaulieu, including colorful beehive-shaped mugs and a white planter stamped “Stay Wild,” are in demand well beyond the Blue Line. $32–$34, stuckinthemudpottery.com


Build your beloved a three-walled room of his or her own. Many Adirondack builders are experienced with these rustic log shelters, and Au Sable Forks–based Dry Bridge Lean-tos (518-569-2582) specializes in the iconic structures. Prices vary.

Shades of Blue

The sophomore release from folk singer–songwriter and Ticonderoga native Ashley Sofia, now based in Nashville, includes “Adirondack Dreams,” an ode to her mountain home. $12.99, ashleysofia.com

Challenge Scratch Offs

Whether it’s the Fire Tower Challenge or the Winter 46, these cards with room for notes on the back give adventurers a fun and easy way to track their progress. $15 each, peakquest.org

The Leather Artisan

New owners Broyce and Allison Guerette say these chic and roomy genuine-leather bags—style #316 shown here in Brandy—are one of the best-selling products they make at their Childwold studio (9740 Route 3, 518-359-3102). $169.50–$194.50,

Bérubé Botanicals

Made from ingredients grown or harvested on her Vermontville homestead, Laurie Bérubé’s products are the perfect North Country stocking stuffers—including Goat Balm Muscle Rub for soothing post-ski aches and Sleep Well Balm, to settle you in for a long winter’s nap. $6–$24, www.berubebotanicals.com

Adirondeck Playing Cards

Beauty shots of the High Peaks and the Saranac 6 by Adirondack Life contributor Johnathan Esper and other Adirondack photographers make every hand a winner. $13, leafyethanol.com

Simply Sam Designs

Keene wood-burning artist Samantha Stytzer creates one-of-a-kind designs for rustic home accents, wall hangings and pendants. Prices vary. www.simplysamdesigns.com

Small Town Cultures

Eat the rainbow year-round with a pickle box from this Keene-based lacto-fermentation company, which uses locally grown and foraged ingredients. Or give a starter fermentation kit with recipes for at-home pickling. $20–$22, www.smalltowncultures.com

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