Valentine's Day: love it, hate it, or indifferent to it, February 14 is not a day that sneaks by unnoticed.
Whether you have a sweetheart and are searching for gifts, have kids you'd like to show your love to, or are engaging in a little self-care for this Valentine season, our orchard is the best place to shop to share the love.
Have you planned your gifts yet? Here is your guide to shopping for your Valentine in our market.
Tip #1: Assess your target.
When you're shopping for a Valentine's gift, it's bad form to simply purchase random, general items, checking a chore off of a checklist instead of actually thinking about it. Consider the person you're buying a gift for. What do they like? Do they have more of a sweet tooth? Or are savory foods their ideal? Do they like drinks other than water, like soda, cider, or wine? How do they feel about knick-knacks?
Having an idea of what kind of gift you're looking for keeps the stress levels low and your efficiency high.
Tip #2: Determine your budget.
Do you want to go all-out? Or are you looking for a few generous, specific things? Knowing your budget allows you to piece a gift together while helping you keep your goal in mind.
Tip #3: Come ready to browse.
We're not going to lie -- our market has a lot of different merchandise for you to consider. Part of the fun of shopping for someone is in the browsing for different gifts. Though having a general idea of what you want to purchase is helpful, it can also be beneficial to keep an open mind, allowing for the perfect gift to strike you with inspiration.
Tip #4: Be open to suggestion.
Our market professionals know all about gift shopping, and also have a great idea of the inventory we carry. Let them guide you as you select a few items-- sometimes the different varieties we carry can feel overwhelming.
Now that you have a better idea of what to expect when you shop at our market, here are a few recommendations:
Wine and Chocolate
There is no wrong answer here. Wine and chocolate -- the ultimate Valentines Day gift. We have several varieties of wine available for you to choose from, ranging from sweet to dry. We also have many different options for the chocolate we carry. Try our buckeyes or our double malt balls -- they pair excellently with wine.
Winter Mug and Cider
Themed gifts are always fun to give, and you can't go wrong with a mug and some cider. Our cider is perfect for a chilly day, and nothing shares the warmth like a brand-new mug.
Jam, Salsa, and Soda
We have so many different kinds of jams and salsas, and they make a great treat to add to your date night. Plus, when you know you're shopping locally while enjoying the product, it adds another layer of meaning. We also carry many different varieties of Lost Trail Soda, which are a blast to sample. Assemble your own 4-pack and find your favorites together!
If you're trying to figure out how to create a meaningful night for you and your valentine, why don't you try cooking together? We carry many different mixes-- brownies, scones, cheeseballs -- sweet or savory, we have you covered.
Dessert. 'Nuff said. There's no way you can go wrong with one of our ready-to-bake pies. Select a new one to try together, or fall back on an old favorite. If you're feeling particularly adventurous, pick out a wine to pair with it. It's Valentine's Day! Treat yourself!
Valentine's Day is a beautiful holiday, a time to show your love. Don't let the need to find a gift overwhelm you. Relax, come out to our orchard, and find something for everyone!