Nothing is more synonymous with the holiday season than gift-giving, and perhaps the most festive gift-giving of all comes in the form of carefully guaranteed gift baskets. There’s no doubt that classic Harry and David fruit baskets add a touch of elegance to any holiday meal, but this year, there’s a new team in town: Dover Street Market NY’s Rose Bakery and Sky High Farm. Throughout the month of December, the bakery and farm are offering limited-edition holiday gift baskets, along with a special menu featuring ingredients sourced from the farm.
Sky High Farm is a working vegetable and animal farm located in Hudson Valley, New York. Since its start in 2011, founder Dan Colen and his team have been on a mission to address food security in underserved communities. As part of this goal, the farm donates all of its sustainably grown organic produce and pasture-raised meats to underserved communities and local food banks. When he’s not busy managing the farm, Cohen is a renowned artist whose work has been exhibited at museums around the globe, including The Whitney Museum and The Royal Academy in London.
Rose Bakery is a bakery located inside of Dover Street Market’s NY store that offers a daily menu of sweets, coffee and tea. To celebrate the collaboration, the bakery is currently offering additional special menu items that include ingredients sourced from Sky High Farm. The farm is especially known for its fresh tomatoes, wildflower honey, strawberry jam, and specialty seasonal salts, so visitors can expect to find those items scattered throughout the menu. Menu items range from Mushroom and Red Rice Soup that uses the farm’s Peas on Earth Salt to a Goat & Honey Nut Squash dish that incorporates chamomile tea, tomatoes, honey, and Squash Salt all sourced from the farm. Ten percent of each purchased collaborative bakery item will go directly to the farm to contribute to its mission of supporting local food banks.
If gifting your loved one (or yourself) is more your style, Rose Bakery is also offering four different Sky High Farm baskets. Each basket includes a Sky High Farm-branded t-shirt, hoodie, and/or hat, as well as Sky High Farm-produced seasonings, tea, honey, jam, and/or tomatoes. Every apparel item is one-of-a-kind, so you can expect to see variation from the images. Gift basket prices range from $68-$230 USD, and all proceeds go towards supporting Sky High Farm.
This collaboration is part of a year-long partnership between Dover Street Market and Sky High Farm, which kicked off back in October. Sky High Farm’s graphic logo is primed perfectly for a streetwear collaboration. For their first collaborative product launch, the retailer and farm worked with 12 brands to release a capsule collection that included a range of T-shirts, hats and bags. Each brand reinterpreted Sky High Farms’ design language in a way that matched their own. For example, MadeMe applied flower motifs to a mesh handbag, and Supreme added the farm’s logo to a beanie. Other brands involved in that phase of the collaboration included Brain Dead, NOAH, Denim Tears, Total Luxury Spa, AwakeNY, and more.
In true streetwear fashion, the items from the first release are long sold out. Those who are interested in supporting Sky High Farm’s mission and enjoying their specialty treats should turn their attention to the gift baskets and Rose Bakery menu items, which are available during the entire month of December. If you can’t make it to the bakery in person, Sky High Farm is currently raising money to increase production and scale up distribution to address deepening food insecurity via their Go Fund Me page.