How to Craft the Perfect Kauffman's Gift Basket

12/23/2015 - 6:20:05 PM
My father owned a flower shop for over 20 years, and working in that flower shop was one of my very first jobs. I’d take orders, water plants, sweep up, inflate balloons, and other menial—but necessary—jobs around the store.

Gradually I worked my way up to arranging simple bud vases out of carnations or roses, and eventually dubbed myself an actual florist when I moved to Savannah, Ga., after college and worked in a local flower shop on Wilmington Island making all kinds of floral arrangements.

And, while I loved flexing my creative muscles by putting together huge, beautiful floral masterpieces, there’s another facet to most small town flower shops: gift baskets.

I’ve made my fair share of gift and goodie baskets over the years—big and small, filled with food, or filled with plants. They’re fun to put together, and even MORE fun to receive!

Often times gift baskets are filled with the things you’d never buy yourself, because either they’re “too gourmet” or they’re not practical in an “everyday” kinda way. Or maybe it enables you to try a flavor of something you’d otherwise skim over at the store.

“Cherry and jalapeno together? What?”

Kauffman’s Fruit Farm & Market has an array of products online and in the store that can be used to craft a super delicious and fun baskets for friends or family members, and like me, has a neat family story to share.

Disclosure: This blogger has partnered with Kauffman’s Fruit Farm to review and post about products that they receive for free. Original post appeared on Amusing Foodie.

How To Craft The Perfect Kauffman’s Gift Basket

1. Faith, Family & Fruit

The Kauffmans’ story involves a rich family history that goes back a century. In their recently released book, Faith, Family & Fruit, you can catch a glimpse into how it all started and why their family and the business have remained strong for so many years. This book is the perfect backbone to basket filled with all kinds of their homemade market treats.

How To Make The Perfect Kauffman's Gift Basket: start with the 100th Anniversary book "Faith, Family & Fruit"!

2. Jams and Jellies

Kauffman’s offers your standard strawberry or raspberry jam, but when you’re building a gift basket it’s fun to pick goodies that are a little more original. Something your friend might never pick for herself! Check out their Cherry Jalapeno Jam, Cinnamon Pear Jam or Boysenberry Jam for a treat that’s outside the box, and include a package of light and fluffy croissants from your local bakery.How To Make The Perfect Kauffman's Gift Basket

3. Root Beer and Birch Beer

Whether poured over a tall glass of ice, or used to make the perfect ice cream float, root beer and birch beer make a super fun addition to a gift basket.

Butter Pecan Root Beer Floats

4. Apple Butter

My husband would be completely satisfied with an entire basket of Kauffman’s apple butter. No sooner do I unpack the jar, and he’s devouring the whole thing over top a bowl of cottage cheese, with a spoon (his favorite way to eat apple butter). I like to use apple butter in recipes like apple bread—so long as I can grab it from him before it’s gone!

Apple Bread

5. Apple Schnitz

You’ll need something snack-ish and crunchy to round out the Kauffman’s gift basket, and their homemade sweet apple schnitz is the perfect solution!

Kauffman's Homemade Sweet Apple Schnitz

Photo via Kauffman’s Fruit Farm & Market

Happy gift basket making!

Leave a Comment

Apples  Summer  Orchards  Summertime  Deli  Cider  Welcome  Meat  Store  Bulk  Produce  Apple Sauce  Peach  Recipe  Cobbler  History  landscapes  July 4  beauty  Cherries  Orchard  Hawks  Gifts  Fathers Day  Father  Recipes  Pork  Games  Mothers Day  Mother  Poetry  Market  Floral  Farmers  Uplifting  Blosson  Community  Neighbors  COVID-19  Easter  Passover  Fun Idea  Love  Health  Farm to Table  Farm Market  Food  Animal  Geese  Nature  New Year  Things to do  Lancaster  Christmas  Apple Cider  Warm  Turkey  Thanksgiving  DIY  craft  Local  Area Events  Holiday  Apple  Fall  Caramel  Acorn  Heartwarming  Leaves  Raking  Family  Autumn  Fruit  pears  Fest  Peaches  Storm  hail  plum  Fireworks  Lancaster County  Rough and Tumble  Dad  Grilling  Sauce  BBQ  Rhubarb  Clear Jel  Canning  Pie Filling  Food Truck  Food Waste  Recycle  Markets  expiration date  Springtime  Race  Kauffmans Fruit Farm  pruning  Trimming  Mud Sales  Fire Company  Sales  Adventure  Middle Creek  Jam  Muffin  New Years  Resolution  Prayer  Fruit Trees  books  read  Plums  yellow  transparent  vegetable  kids  Fathers Day Gifts  ideas  Cherry  trees  planting  Recycling  bloom  Spring  marmalade  DST  Maple Syrup  Valentines  Winter  butters  Bees  Dessert  Valentine's Day  Pectin, Jams, Jelly,   Faith Family & Fruit    Breakfast  Rasperry  Drinks  gift box, mix n match  goals  History Book  No Sugar Added  Holidays  autumn, apples, gift box  Apple Recipe  pumpkin  gift box  autumn, peach,  apple, pie  autumn, peach, dessert  Apples, Gift Box, Schnitz  Apple, Apple Crisp, Autumn,   Eat Local  apple butter  back to school  Mac & Cheese  Gluten  Bavarian Cream  Shoofly Pie  Soup  Fat  Snack  Guacamole  Healthy  new years resolutions  salad  vegetables  New Years   website  blog  Eggs  Potato  crockpot, wassail, apple cider, heating, saving money  thanksgiving, cranberry, recipe, fall  popcorn, cranberries, fall, thanksgiving,   Bread