Over the past few years, East Texas has evolved into an up-and-coming part of the food industry. There have even been two Tyler-based food companies named to Oprah’s Favorite Things List: Janie’s Cakes and Greenberg Smoked Turkeys. Both of these brands, along with many other local products, can be found at FRESH. They are the perfect choice for gift-giving to friends, co-workers, neighbors and family. Don’t forget the hostess gifts because you certainly can’t go empty-handed to all the holiday parties.
A large selection of local items can be found throughout the store. Here are a few favorites that would be a delicious East Texas flavor-inspired gift or even a great addition to a holiday gift basket. You can also add a plant or arrangement from floral or a FRESH gift card to round out the gift.
Greenberg Smoked Turkeys: An East Texas family tradition since the 1940s, the Greenberg family has been smoking turkeys the same way for generations. Slow-cooked in a hickory wood smoker, these exceptional turkeys are known throughout the world and have been named one of Oprah’s favorite things for the second time this year.
Janie’s Cakes: Since 2003, Tylerite Janie Clapp has been selling perfect and delicious pound cakes. Shipped nationwide and one of Oprah’s favorite things in 2016, Janie’s Cakes are made with farm-fresh eggs, creamery butter, pure cane sugar and no preservatives. Several flavors are available at FRESH.
Collin Street Bakery: It started in 1896 with an original recipe brought from Germany to Corsicana, Texas, by August (“Gus”) Weidman. This shy baker met a master salesman named Tom McElwee. Together, they made fruitcake history and created the world’s most famous fruitcake. They ship to all 50 states and 196 countries.
Stanley’s Famous Bar-B-Q: The oldest Mom and Pop barbecue joint in East Texas, Stanley’s Bar-B-Q, has developed a loyal following for their award-winning barbecue. Their sauces and spice rubs are just as good. Look for the Sweet Hot Pickles, Clucker Sauce, Rib Rub, Chicken Spike and BBQ Sauce in hot and regular.
East Texas Wine: The wine industry around Tyler is always growing. Available at FRESH, look for Pelle Legna, Kiepersol, Briar Creek Vineyards from Whitehouse and Red 55 Winery from Lindale.
East Texas Beer: Craft beer is on the rise. At FRESH, we love True Vine Brewing Company from Tyler. Also, new to the shelves, Fredonia Brewery from Nacogdoches.
Pace Farm: A micro-farm located in Hallsville, Texas, just east of Longview, Pace Farm uses only the finest East Texas jalapeños in all of their products. Their small-batch pepper jellies are available in a variety of flavors. They are perfect for holiday parties and gift baskets.
Coffee: With two Tyler-based coffee producers, you’ll never have a bad cup in this neck of the woods. Texas State of Mind sources high-quality organic beans stored in oak barrels and then roasted in signature-craft air roasters that produce bigger and bolder flavor. Porch Culture Coffee is a single-origin, small-batch roasted coffee that seeks out coffee farmers who pay an ethical wage, provide a safe working environment, and follow practices that protect and preserve the farm and community. All of this comes together to create a “farm to porch” inspired cup of coffee.
East Texas Cookbooks: Perfect for the home chef who loves to cook, look for “As the Spur Stirs” by Jacqueline Cavender and “Favorite Flavor” by Christine Gardner. Both from Tyler, the books feature family recipes and ideas for Texas-style entertaining. Available at the registers near floral.
Haute Goat Creamery™: Exceptional goat cheese from Longview since 2011, Laura Vanderbilt has been making artisanal cheese from fresh Grade A goat milk delivered from two local Texas dairies. It’s smooth, creamy and available in a variety of flavors.