Make it a MALTed holiday! Local gift ideas for 2020.

December 7, 2020

‘Tis the season to share the diverse array of MALT products with the ones you love! We’ve consolidated a list of fun, local gift ideas from MALT producers for this holiday season.

Sweet Gifts from Sola Bee Farms

The sweetest gifts for the sweetest of friends and family! Sola Bee Farms offers Custom Holiday Gift Boxes, a collection of gift bundles and delicious local varietal honey jars

Sola Bee Farms is committed to practicing sustainable agriculture, honey harvesting and business operations. Their beehives are hosted on a number of partnering family farms in Northern California including MALT-protected Marindale Ranch, Stemple Creek Ranch and Millerton Creek Ranch who host a number of honey bee hives. The honey bees enjoy pastures of lush native grasses and flowers, while partnering agriculturalists enjoy the benefits of these busy little pollinators. The final result  — delicious, raw honey — is what we’d describe as a sweet win-win-win. 

Hand-Dyed Natural Yarn from Barinaga Ranch

A perfect gift for your crafty friends and fiber-loving family members, Barinaga Ranch’s hand-dyed natural yarn is locally spun and dyed from sustainably-raised East Friesian sheep! This beautiful yarn comes in blue, natural brown and natural white. You can also find fleeces, roving and lambskins.

Barinaga Ranch, MALT-protected since 1988, is situated in Marshall on the eastern shores of Tomales Bay looking out at Point Reyes and beyond. The mission of Marcia Barinaga and Corey Goodman, owners and operators of Barinaga Ranch, is to raise sheep using environmentally-friendly practices while continuing their ancient Basque shepherd traditions, and providing high quality, wholesome food and fiber to their community.

Give the gift of Cheese!

We all know some of the best cheese comes from West Marin. Did you know that many local creameries and dairies are MALT-protected? 

Local creameries offer a wide range of mouthwatering cheese, perfect for a sure-fire holiday gift and a delicious addition to any holiday table:

Holiday Gift Boxes from Stemple Creek Ranch and Rossotti Ranch

Stemple Creek Ranch, MALT-protected since 1992, and Rossotti Ranch, MALT-protected since 2017, offer delightful holiday box specials filled with local, sustainably-raised meats. From beef, goat, chicken, duck and veal, all animals are raised and finished on organic West Marin pastures.

Peruse these gift boxes for the meat-lovers in your family and place your order today!

Stemple Creek Ranch:

Rossotti Ranch:

A Tour and Tasting at Stubbs Winery

A wine lover’s delight! Give the gift of a tour and tasting at Stubbs Winery for a fully immersive experience from one of the few wineries in Marin.

As you enter Mary Stubbs’s secluded paradise, you will be greeted by longhorn cattle grazing between olive trees. Stubbs Winery takes a low-impact, sustainable approach to farming. The property is solar powered and entirely watered from their rainwater reservoir. 

Be sure to check out our Buy Local page for a complete list of MALT producers and the incredible array of products they have to offer this winter season!

More stories like this:

A long dining table full of people sharing food together sits outside in a field in the evening, with a barn and string lights in the background at a field-to-fork event on the land.

Events in Marin: December 2022

November 21, 2022

To enjoy these final weeks of 2022, we’ve highlighted events and activities that give back to and connect us with the natural and working lands of Marin, as well as the entrepreneurial “maker” communities that provide us with food, fiber, and crafts.

Read More

Holiday offerings spread, from MALT-protected farms and ranches - MALT

Special Holiday Offerings from Marin County Farms and Ranches

November 18, 2022

There’s no better way to celebrate the holiday season than with food and fiber from right here in Marin County.

Read More

Ellen Straus enjoying time with her cows in the pasture - MALT

5 Life Wisdoms from MALT’s Cofounder, Ellen Straus

September 29, 2022

Vivien Straus, daughter of MALT cofounder Ellen Straus, shares five insights into her mom’s guiding life principles, ingredients for success in any endeavor.

Read More