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Viburnum Valley chocolates

Viburnum Valley chocolates

Marianne Swintosky and Elaine Shay of Viburnum Valley Farm Confections delight again with fresh thinking and fine products. Theirs is the first luxe local Valentine gift basket I have discovered. Learn more here. This gift may become your new favorite work of art:

Twenty (20!) lily blossoms on three of Three Toads Farm's stately lily stems.

Six perfect truffles made with Jamieson's fine single source Ghanaian chocolate.

One Marianne Swintosky strawberry chocolate tart, made with Marianne's German-born, world-class pastry gifts, featuring local berries.

One clean bright white fresh Bleugrass Chevre flirting with the dark sweetness of a Viburnum Valley homemade date roll.

All in a locally made fruit crate.

Be quick, though:

"Valentine's Day gift packages are available on a preorder basis only and may be picked up at the Lexington's Farmer 's Market at Victorian Square, Saturday, February 14th. Delivery is available at an additional charge. Preorder deadline is February 8th. Quantities are limited, so please call early to insure availability. (859-312-1157 or email at elaine@vvfconfections.com)."

I appreciate these wonderful people for their culinary gifts, their marketing smarts, and their frequent collaborations with other Kentucky growers. They make me smile with my heart.