Just wrapped up a big story for Zester Daily, for which I picked a different artisanal edible food product from every state (and one would-be state, D.C.) to send at the holidays. It was a doozy. Not all regions of the country, it turns out, are populated by people moved by the DIY ethos to make-their-own and turn it into a business. Here in Oregon I can swing a bearded cat and hit one. So here are my faves from Oregon. We send a new edible Oregon out every year since we’ve moved here and haven’t run out of ideas yet!
Here are my picks for great edibles to send from Oregon:
1. Jacobsen Salt. (pic above) Harvested directly from the waters of the Netarts Bay by a really, really swell guy, Ben Jacobsen.
2. Oregon Truffle Oil. Made by my replacement dad in Oregon, famed truffle hunter Jack Czarnecki, America’s First Truffle Oil.
3. Honest Chocolates. All natural, local, and the people who run it are awesome, too; made in McMinnville using lots of local ingredients (pinot noir, hazelnuts, etc.).
4. Rogue River Blue cheese. The king of the blues. We’ve had so much success sending this one we’ve been able to make the rounds of the company’s choice aged blues.
5. Republic of Jam. What can I say? It’s my jam. Especially strawberry prosecco.
7. Briar Rose Creamery. The chevre that will redefine how you feel about goat cheese.
8. Harry and David. Pears so perfect you can eat them with a spoon.
9. Olympic Provisions. Salumi, perfect for picnics.
10. Oregon Olive Mill. Peppery arbequina olive oil, the perfect gift for when you have absolutely no idea what the person likes / what diet they are on / whether they break out in hives drinking coffee.