J. Q. Dickinson Appalachian Mercantile

Denise Landis

Denise Landis

Denise Landis is the founder and editor in chief of The Cook's Cook. She has been a food editor and recipe tester for over 25 years.

How do we love these Appalachian Mercantile Box subscriptions of artisanal foods and crafts? Let us count the ways, because we are smitten.

If you have wondered how you will accomplish any holiday shopping at all during the pandemic, you can cross all the adults off your list right now by ordering each one a monthly subscription to artisanal foods and crafts from the mountains of Appalachia. The curated boxes are available individually ($45), as a seasonal subscription ($42/four times a year), or monthly ($40/month).

Appalachian Mercantile, purveyors of small-batch high-quality goods from the Appalachian mountains, is an offshoot of J.Q. Dickinson Salt Works, established in 1817. Nancy Bruns and her brother Lewis Payne are the seventh generation of their family to produce salt from the briny waters of an ancient sea trapped under the mountains of Kanawha County, West Virginia. Surrounded by artisans producing fine wood, pottery, glass, and iron crafts, small wonder that they expanded their business to include these as well as exquisite food products, essential oils, and more.

Pantry supplies include goat milk chocolate, dried mushrooms, pear butter, sauces, syrups, and shrubs (fruit vinegars made for drinking and mixing). Flax linen dish towels cry out to be used with the knowledge that they will be become softer and even more beautiful with age.

A Mercantile Box may contain seasonal foods, home and bath products, crafts, information about each artisan, and a recipe card. Order now for holiday delivery, and have your shopping done without having to set foot in a store.

To order, visit:  https://jqdappalachianmercantile.com/collections/mercantile-subscription-boxes