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A taste of D.C.: Give the gift of the area's flavors

Friday - 12/20/2013, 12:12pm  ET

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Products from local farmers and producers. (Courtesy FRESHFARM Markets)

WASHINGTON - Need a last minute gift and prefer something edible? FRESHFARM Markets is making it easy for D.C.-area residents to bring a taste of the region to family and friends this season with its gift baskets.

The nonprofit organization has assembled several items from local farmers and producers, and is selling the baskets online and at this weekend's markets.

"The baskets represent a curated version of a lot of products we have in the markets It incorporates some of the most delicious and fun things you can get at the market," says Ann Yonkers, founder and executive director of FRESHFARM Markets.

The baskets include everything from pure beeswax candles, to homemade jam, handmade herbal soap and local honey. Small baskets, which include seven items, are $38, and large baskets, which include 10 items, are $68.

"I don't know if you've ever smelled pure beeswax candles when they burn, but they have this very clean, sort of almost a honey smell. It has just a wonderful, wholesome smell to it," Yonkers says.

Another unique item in the baskets is a jar of baklava toppers from local producer Baklava Couture.

"This is a different way to consume your baklava Instead of selling little baklavas, she's crushed it and put it into a syrup, so you can add it to your ice cream or apple pudding or granola," Yonkers says.

Baskets will be sold this weekend at the H Street market, the Silver Spring market and the Dupont Circle market, and can be ordered online through Jan. 1.

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