The Modern Farmer Gift Guide

December 12, 2016 - garden totes

The latest, alas, is frequency a greatest. Which helps explain since this issue’s holiday roundup relies not on new merch plugged by PR reps, yet rather a tried-and-true recommendations of genuine farmers, chefs, environmental activists, and a other movers and shakers who make adult Modern Farmer’s middle circle. Our elite pros (plus a few of a magazine’s staffers) share their favorite cast-iron skillets, cookbooks, wellies, pruners, and more—ensuring that everybody on your list receives a field-tested best.


“I use my Leatherman Wave any singular day, yet we jokingly call it a Leatherwoman. This one magnificently overwhelming tool functions as 17 opposite tools, including a knife, pliers, and flat- and Phillips-head screwdrivers.” (Wave multi-tool,$91; Susan Paykin, Common Ground Farm; Beacon, NY



“Contrary to renouned belief, ranchers don’t always wear Stetsons. During Montana’s cold winters, many cowboys cite a regard of a Stormy Kromer wool cap with a pull-down earband.” (Original cap,$45; Todd Klassy, Photographer; Havre, MT

“I can’t do my pursuit in anything yet a work shirt from Duluth Trading Company; a womanlike farmers we sketch feel a same way. Along with a gape-proof symbol placket and underarm gussets, this moisture-wicking flannel shirt hides a microfiber shammy, for wiping lenses and phone screens, inside a front hem.” (Women’s cross-cut wicking flannel shirt, $55; Audra Mulkern, Photographer and Founder, Tthe Female Farmer Project; Seattle

“Carhartt’s tolerably labelled double-front dungarees are a plantation girl’s dream—a slim-fit cut, fabric that gives, a flattering high waist. Hallelujah!” (Series 1889 slim double-front dungaree, $55; Caitlin Bergman, Copia Farm; Johnstown, OH

“I’m mostly given crops in murky fields or chasing my ducks home by a stream, so we ask a lot of rubber wellies. These, from Joules, keep a H2O out around tractable side clasps that safeguard a parsimonious fit adult top, and they have stout soles assembled like tire treads.” (Women’s margin sleet boots, $75; joulesusa.comAngela Ferraro-Fanning, Axe and Root Homestead; Whitehouse Station, NJ

“Everlane’s classical twill weekend bag has only a right volume of room for a few days’ essentials, and we venerate a company’s goal of ‘radical transparency’ in terms of pricing and sourcing.” (Women’s twill weekender, $98; Nicole Bernard Dawes, Founder and CEO, Late Jul Snacks; Boston



“To keep annals and jot down pointless ideas, we accumulate pocket-size Field Notes journals in my car, in my backpack, and during my winery. Luckily, they come in sets of three.” (31/2″ x 51/2″ruled memo books, 3 for $10; Kenny Likitprakong, Founder, The Hobo Wine Company; Santa Rosa, CA



“What rancher doesn’t like pie?! This handmade pie basket has a removable lifted tray that lets we receptacle dual desserts during a time.” (Pie basket, $70; Tallahassee May, Turnbull Creek Farm; Bon Aqua, TN


“If you’re selling for someone picky, cruise a gift certificate from SHED, a food and tillage mecca in Healdsburg, California.” ( Naomi Starkman, Editor-in-Chief, Civil Eats; Petaluma, CA




“Indulge a vegetable-lover with a Chiba peel slicer. It turns beets, carrots, potatoes, and other tough veggies into skinny sheets, ideal for pickling or hot as ‘noodles.’” (Chiba Peel S Turning Slicer, $265; Jamie Simpson, Executive Chef, The Chef’s Garden and a Culinary Vegetable Institute; Huron, OH



“Just a dab of Farmacy’s hard-core salve heals dry, burst skin. And a sugar smell is super subtle. Plus, for any tube sold, a association donates a dollar to bee-related causes.” (Honey Savior all-in-one skin correct salve, 1.6 ounces, $34; Sara Morrow, Deputy Editor, Modern Farmer



“Grown in California from heirloom Italian seed, Rancho Gordo’s Marcella beans—named for a late Italian cookbook author Marcella Hazan—are a many tasty white beans on a market.” (1-pound bag, $7; Dorothy Kalins, Former Editor-in-Chief, Saveur and Garden Design; New York City



“Give a present of good fat! For real! After cooking a grass-fed steaks in a cast-iron skillet, we finish them with a bit of this organic chicken fat.” (8-ounce jar, $13; Meagan Burns, Rancho Santo Niño; Dolores Hidalgo, Guanajuato, Mexico



“You can ambience a nuances of any part Noble uses to lift a maple syrup. My favorite? The company’s Tahitian Vanilla Bean Egyptian Chamomile Blossom.” (450-milliliter bottle, $28; Steven Greene, Executive Chef, The Umstead Hotel and Spa; Cary, NC



“Full Sun’s cold-press routine yields sunflower oil that retains a season of just-harvested seeds. Less expected, and expensive, than EVOO, it lends a smooth, eccentric note to salad dressings, aioli, and pesto.” (16.9-ounce bottle, $8; Donna Williams, Founder and President, Field Goods; Athens, NY



“I’m dependant to Doux South Drunken Tomatoes, preserved in a brine of red wine, basil, and garlic. They’re extraordinary on salads or pizza, over grilled fish or chicken, and puréed in tomato soup.” (16-ounce jar, 3 for $35; Gena Knox, Founder, Fire Flavor; Athens, GA


“Think outward a wrapped box, and get someone an knowledge instead of an object. For my neighbors in mid-coast Maine, I’ll give cooking classes during Salt Water Farm in Lincolnville. If we don’t have a internal cooking school, buy a present certificate for cooking during a grill or even a CSA share.” (Class present certificates from $150; Alissa Hessler, Founder, Urban Exodus; Camden, ME



“My Felco #8 pruners still govern purify cuts, by thick branches and ethereal flower stems, after a decade of severe use. They fit my palm like a span of well-worn gloves, and a red handles meant a collection never get lost.” (#8 pruners, $58; Naomi Starkman, Editor-in-Chief, Civil Eats; Petaluma, CA



“My go-to stocking stuffer, this tiny, unstable tin of Maldon sea salt always elicits an outsize reaction. Never have we seen people so stoked to accept a $4 gift.” (0.35-ounce tin, 5 for $20; Natalie Warady, Contributing Editor, Modern Farmer; Boulder, CO


“Unlike many salt cellars, that extend an open entice to splatters, Beehouse’s superb ceramic containers—available in 10 colors—protect their essence with hinged wooden lids.” (6″ x 31/2″x 31/2″salt boxes,$23 each; Bryant Terry, Chef, Author, and Activist; San Francisco


“For a really special someone, splurge on a Middleton Made professional-grade knife, fake by craftsman Quintin Middleton in his St. Stephen, South Carolina, studio. Hands down, a best-performing, and best-looking, cutlery I’ve encountered.” (10″ slicer, $280; Matt Lee, Co-Author, The Lee Bros. Charleston Kitchen; Charleston, SC


“The 1981 homesteader’s bible Reader’s Digest Back to Basics sum how to lift a barn, skin a rabbit, and wobble a rug. Be forewarned: Bestow friends with this selected book, and they competence go off a grid.” ( Aliza Eliazarov, Photographer and Contributing Editor, Modern Farmer; Brooklyn



“My mother and we are lemon-juice freaks. We put it in everything: cocktails, vinaigrettes, and a ginger lemonade we whip adult by a gallon. This old-school, primer fruit juicer creates all that squeezing a zephyr and looks officious sculptural when left out on a counter.” (Fruit Juicer Pro, $50; Ted Lee, Co-Author, The Lee Bros. Charleston Kitchen; Brooklyn



“Hand-turned from plain blocks of maple, cherry, and walnut, Vermont rolling pins are roughly too beautiful to use. Almost. Bonus: You can select from mixed shapes and sizes and even have them engraved.” (Rolling pins, from $45 each; Jo Ann Liguori, Managing Editor, Modern Farmer



“How most do we venerate Pendleton’s Glacier National Park stripe? Well, I’ve already purchased a blanket, record carrier, tote, and enclosure in a pattern. So a impulse we schooled that a birthright code had splashed Glacier opposite a dog coat, too, we knew only what Mr. Chips would find underneath a tree he’ll symbol come December.” (Dog coat, from $59; Sarah Gray Miller, Editor-in-Chief, Modern Farmer



“Thanks to an inch-high rim, this impossibly affordable bun pan can do a work of a cookie sheet, a stew dish, and a roasting pan. we have a garland that we use for vegetables, pulled pork, brownies . . . a list goes on and on.” (6″ x 10″aluminum bun pan, $3; Peter Severino, Owner, Severino Pasta Company; Westmont, NJ


“Eliot Coleman’s The New Organic Grower, initial published in 1989, stays a management on chemical-free horticulture. The book’s take on period planting remade a proceed we conduct a stand plan.” ( Maya Velasco, Culinary Gardener, Greyfield Inn; Cumberland Island, GA



“This lovable Garden-in-a-Can kit keeps me in homegrown cilantro, basil, sage, and dill all winter. Package it with Prepara’s Herb Savor—a tiny storage enclosure that triples a life of uninformed cuttings—to broach long-lasting season’s greetings.” (Garden-in-a-Can herb set, $24; Herb Savor, $30; Nicole Bernard Dawes, Founder and CEO, Late Jul Snacks; Boston



“Tops on my wish list: a Smithey cast-iron skillet, a ultimate, artisanal lust intent for a gal who sears her possess grass-fed beef.” (10″-diameter cast-iron skillet, $160; Anya Fernald, CEO, Belcampo; Oakland



“I rest on my KoMo grain mill to grub wheat berries into flour, yet it can also routine dusty beans and non-oily seeds. A vital investment, to be sure, this appurtenance will expected endure me.” (Beechwood KoMo classical pellet mill, $499; Kurt Timmermeister, Kurtwood Farms; Vashon Island, WA


“Not many people know that Steven Satterfield, executive cook during Atlanta’s Miller Union, used to front a alt-rock organisation Silver Lakes. The band’s The Great Pretenders album serves as a stellar soundtrack when I’m cooking with my sons.” ($10; download during Matt Lee, Co-Author, The Lee Bros. Charleston Kitchen; Charleston, SC



“Lemongrass and orange flay impregnate Jack Rudy’s tonic water with a lovely spirit of citrus. And a bottle’s flattering adequate to live out on a bar.” (17-ounce bottle, $16; Bryant Terry, Chef, Activist, and Author; San Francisco



“This chicken roaster offers a some-more worldly proceed to beer-can chicken. Just flow some decoction into a executive tube, set a steep on top, cocktail a vessel into a oven, and guzzle a rest of a can.” (Convertible steep roaster, $30; Dean Carlson, Wyebrook Farm, and Author of Field  Feast; Honey Brooke, PA



“Each Del Maguey Single Village mezcal conveys a impression and terroir of a Oaxacan city in that it’s produced. This one, called Vida, comes from San Luis Del Rio. When we take a sip, we remember a faces of a folks who hand-harvest and double-distill a locally grown agave.” (Vida mezcal, 750-milliliter bottle, $35; Michel Nischan, Chef and Founder and CEO, Wholesome Wave; Bridgeport, CT



“Floret Farm bonds singular cut-flower seeds that a large companies don’t. A few easy-to-grow suggestions for newbies: ‘Nimbus’ honeyed peas from New Zealand, creation amaranth, and ‘Earl Grey’ larkspur.” (Seed packet, from $4; Hannah Keen, 26th Street Farm; Hastings, NE


“I have a outrageous heart for a farmers behind Hudson Valley Seed Library. Ken Greene and Doug Muller specialize in open-pollinated unfeeling seeds and elect strange works of art for any packet.” (Seed packet, $4; Naomi Starkman, Editor-in-Chief, Civil Eats; Petaluma, CA



“My brothers and we move a 20-quart Grizzly cooler everywhere, either we’re carrying drinks on a plantation or visiting chefs with beef and ornithology samples. This made-in-the-USA product keeps ice solidified for adult to 4 days and comes with a lifetime warranty.” (20-quart cooler, $240; Stuart Joyce, VP of Operations, Joyce Farms; Winston-Salem, NC



“Developed by mythological organic rancher Eliot Coleman, this hand tiller is ideal for scheming beds and pulling adult weeds by a root.” (Hand tiller, $76; Ryan Graycheck, Culinary Gardener, Greyfield Inn; Cumberland Island, GA



“My husband, Matthew, and we don’t live on a farmland, so we have to container and move all we competence need for a day. This insulated water bottle allows me to make iced tea in a morning and splash iced—not lukewarm—tea in a afternoon.” (17-ounce teakwood bottle, $35; Helena Sylvester, Happy Acre Farm; Sunol, CA


“Edna Lewis is my hero. we give her 1976 book, The Taste of Country Cooking, to chef-worshippers since Ms. Lewis is a comprehensive opposite: Her recipes tell a story of seasonal, quick cooking during a time when a whole family played a purpose in bringing food to a table.” ( Vivian Howard, Chef/Owner, Chef The Farmer, and Author, Deep Run Roots; Kinston, NC




“Little Seed, a tolerable family plantation in Tennessee, crafts 20 opposite kinds of goat-milk soap. My elite bar relies on activated charcoal, not chemicals, to broach a low purify that’s peaceful adequate for dry, supportive skin.” (4 .7-ounce bar, $7; Alissa Hessler, Founder, Urban Exodus; Camden, ME



“Encourage a venerate of honeybees with this starter hive. Its dual accessible observation windows let beginners check on a pollinators’ swell though unfortunate a colony.” (Sugar-pine two-deep box starter hive, $229; Lee Jones, Farmer, The Chef’s Garden; Huron, OH



“Christopher Tracy, a chef-turned-winemaker in Bridgehampton, New York, creates VerVino vermouth by favourable booze with brandy, internal honey, and some 40 opposite botanicals. we offer it as an aperitif, over a singular brick of ice.” (750-milliliter bottle, $28; Dorothy Kalins, Former Editor-in-Chief, Saveur and Garden Design; New York City



“Tamara White doesn’t only hand-sew and -tie any duvet she sells; a Vermont rancher also raises and shears a Shetland, Cormo, Merino, Cotswold, and Wensleydale sheep whose nap fills her cotton-covered comforters. we know what you’re thinking, down devotees, yet trust me: The moisture-wicking fiber is as comfy come open as it is friendly in colder months.” (Queen-size wool-filled duvet, $225; Monica Michael Willis, Editor-at-Large, Modern Farmer



“When we was a boy, my grandmother always substituted apple-peeling to me. As an adult, we went in hunt of an apple peeler like Grandma’s and found this new cast-iron gizmo. It does a pursuit only like we remember.” (Cast-iron apple peeler, $25; Todd Klassy, Photographer; Havre, MT



“I was an early adopter of a chef’s aprons made by Tilit NYC, that launched in 2012. we already owned some-more than a dozen when a association asked me to combine on this pattern in late 2015. we went with durable steep canvas, milled in Georgia, inset pockets, and an tractable neckstrap, hold in place by a domestic leather fastener.” (Satterfield apron, $80; Steven Satterfield, Executive Chef/Co-Owner, Miller Union; Atlanta


Additional stating by Abigail Baxter and Marisa Tesoro

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