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Mail order holiday products

Posted December 17, 2008

My family likes to open at least one gift before Christmas. This year we chose an enticing package from our cousins, the Dellingers, who divide their time between Pensacola, Florida and Bakersville in the NC mountains. Leslie and Jack sent us a scrumptious package of cheese and fudge made by the monks of Abbey of Gethsemani. The monks are probably most famous for their homemade fruitcake but let me tell you, their cheese and fudge are fabulous as well. This gift triggered a blog idea. What about North Carolina mail order products? Which ones have you received and sent over the years? Which ones did you really like?

I am a big fan of the Moravians at Old Salem and their cookies and cakes. Every year we enjoy their cookie and sugarcake products and send them off to friends to savor as well. What about you?

And now to the sweet taste of victory. Janneholbro wins a pair of North Carolina products in the Carolina Conversations discussion about Christmas miracle. If janneholbro will email me at we’ll get a copy of the Blue Ridge Reunion book and CD out to you this week.


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  • phayesrn Dec 23, 2008

    Living in Halifax County for many years, our favorite mail-order gift comes from Aunt Ruby's Peanuts in Enfield, NC. We would go to the warehouse to order and have them shipped before they were online. They have a variety of peanuts (and now cashews) in several combinations that are sure to please!

  • NCSUBAEstudent Dec 18, 2008

    I give Moravian cookies and sugarcake and as well as Duplin wines. I love supporting NC entrepreneurs.

  • fishnett5977 Dec 18, 2008

    The best one I've ever recieved and are still getting is a subscription from Our State magazine. My bestfriend started it years ago and now only has to say "do you want..?" To which my reply is always YES!!! lol This magazine is responsible for her finding Sunset Beach and us both finding out about state that is our home! Being natives here, we never knew there was so many interesting places at our home!

  • SK Dec 18, 2008

    We've been giving away quite a bit of coffee from our favorite local roaster this year - Muddy Dog in Morrisville. It may not be NC specific or southern, but so far everybody's been very happy with their coffee. The web site is, and their best known blend is called Old North State.

  • jakiret99 Dec 18, 2008

    Today I received a package of babyback ribs and pulled BBQ
    Pork from Dakin Farm products in Vermont. Can't wait to see
    what it's like

  • iamyeary Dec 17, 2008

    I prefer to buy on-line some out of state products that are different from what you can get here in NC.
    However, I have sent cheese straws and NC Pecans to others that live in colder areas of the U.S.

  • tennispro Dec 17, 2008

    Since the Peanut Roaster is a local business here in Henderson we usually send peanuts to our friends. One store opened in Cameron Village a few weeks ago. You should all go try them!!

  • For-Better-Or-Worse Dec 17, 2008

    We like the fruit cakes from Southern Supreme in Bear Creek NC, and the fruit cake cookies are worth their weight in gold!

  • tvhartrick Dec 17, 2008

    Bertie County Peanuts are always a nice treat (espacially the chocholate covered ones) :-)

  • wdwbmw Dec 17, 2008

    When we had family living in Seagrove (what a great place to have family) we would receive country ham products from a place in Asheboro. Also there would be scuppernong syrup. Yum.




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