It is almost Christmas! You have friends and family who like to eat. Make them happy AND support small-batch food and beverage business owners this holiday season by purchasing goods from our local community. Also, use our general BYT GIFT GUIDE (it is pretty amazing) and LOCAL HOLIDAY AND POP-UP MARKET GUIDE. All bases covered.
- The Pie Cycle
The PieCycle is the first food tricycle in Baltimore. Founder Krystal Mack delivers pies in the fall/winter seasons, and transitions her business to popsicles in the spring (KarmaPops). She purchases ingredients for her pies and pops from local urban farmers, like Black Dirt Farm. Krystal is passionate about shedding light on food deserts and access to food, which all comes through in her unique product and presentation!
- 2AM Bakery
Greg Carpenter, Co-Founder of 2am Bakery*, was released from incarceration in 1994 after serving a 20 year sentence. Since then, he has been on a mission to help others coming home with reintegration programs. This year Greg began 2am Bakery in West Baltimore where he works with men on baking skills and getting them a serv safe certification so that they can be employed in a kitchen or start a venture of their own.
- Misfit Juicery
“Misfit produce is perfectly good to eat but falls to the wayside because of high aesthetic standards for produce that is retailed in the U.S.” This is the premise of Misfit Juicery, co-founded by Ann Yang and Philip Wong. So when you pick up a delicious flavor like 24CarrotGold and offbeet, remember that theit “recipes use a majority of surplus and ugly fruits and vegetables. Most weeks, that percentage is between 70 and 80%”
By taking produce that would otherwise go to waste, Fruitcycle creates apple and kale chips, in addition to fruit butters and syrups. After studying food policy for years, Elizabeth Bennett (Founder) is changing how we consume food waste but is also creating jobs for women who have formerly been incarcerated or homeless.
- Hex Ferments
Meaghan & Shane of Hex Ferments are champions of local sourcing and production. “We are inspired and in awe by the magic of fermentation and the elemental role that it plays in our health and culture, and we see our relationship between farmers and consumers as one of utmost importance towards rebuilding foodsheds.” Their quality is unparalleled because of this commitment to supporting the entire food chain.
Baltimore’s beverage scene has been booming — ever since Natty Boh, really (!) From Charm City Meadworks rethinking honey wine as a part of our beverage vernacular, to Peabody Heights Brewery which incubates up-and-coming brewers and teaches them the ropes to craft beverage brewing, to Union Craft Brewery who has been the darling-child of phenomenal brews (and has even previously partnered with a favorite local DC restaurant, DCity Smokehouse!)
If you’re hosting a party with kids any time within the next year, or maybe you want to kick-back with your adult coloring book and cook with friends, look no further as we’ve got your small batch food accompaniment here. While you’re at it, we think you should add in games like a Thunderbeast + Gunpowder Bison branded “pin the lightning bolt on the bison” and refill the Pops by Haley push-pop containers with confetti as a New Year’s surprise.
- Thunderbeast Rootbeer
- ‘Chups ketchup
- Gunpowder Bison Burgers
- Pops by Haley
- Mouth Party Caramels
There is certainly a neighborhood coffee shop boom happening in this region. But, what if you’re looking for a non-traditional way to wake up in the morning? From the first ever oaked cold-brew coffee (in a can!), to a super coffee made with 10g of protein, to a nutrient-dense and superfood-infused coffee and tea blend — perk up with these products to start your day!
Whether you’re adding booze or simply soda water, these syrups, shrubs, and vinegars jazz up any beverage to make your home cocktail cart look like you are a champion bartender. What’s amazing about these small business owners is that they each have an amazing story to share about how they got into producing their product. Concoct the perfect beverage with these products, share the artisan’s story with a friend, and you’ll be the one “in-the-know” at any party. Salut!
Cheers to a happy holiday!
Most products can be found at either Glen’s Garden Market, Milk & Honey, and Hip Hop Chicken* You can also look on each business owner’s web site for a list of where they supply, and/or email them directly.
This guide was built in partnership with: Cureate works with emerging food and beverage businesses on their growth and scaling strategies; in addition to working with big brands and institutions on connecting with their target audience through local food and drink. Rethink how you’re spending your money this holiday season, and “invest” in a small business. Your purchase matters towards growing our region’s food and beverage small business community!