The annual shopping list of Kansas products is a courtesy of the Inman-based Kansas Sampler Foundation . We hope this makes your holiday shopping easier and more enjoyable! The mission of the Kansas Sampler Foundation is to preserve and sustain rural culture and supporting these independently-owned businesses is part of that. Happy shopping!
Holiday Shopping List #4
Kansas products you can buy online.
More than 90 small businesses represented.
Six new listings.
December 1, 2019
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Thanks to Bob and Shirley Black for helping underwrite this shopping list.
"It's so important that we each support our rural communities to keep them bountiful and thriving. If we do not support them, who will?"

~ Shirley Black, Howard
Thanks to Mike Neustrom of Prairie Lavender Farm for helping underwrite this shopping list.
"We appreciate this list that showcases small businesses and we're proud to be one of them. Have fun shopping and sending Kansas beyond the state borders!"

~ Mike Neustrom, Bennington

Shop for lavender products made on the Prairie Lavender Farm here.
KANSAS SAMPLER
FOUNDATION THINGS!
SPECIAL!
THROUGH CYBER MONDAY
the guidebook will be sold at a special price of $20, including tax and shipping! One-time special.

Kansas Guidebook 2 for Explorers by Marci Penner & WenDee Rowe
published by the Kansas Sampler Foundation
Out-of-the-way places, hiking spots, scenic drives, made-from-scratch food, fun art, amazing architecture, and Kansas characters await you in this one-of-a-kind Kansas guidebook. Ask for personalized autographs.

Buy the book in bulk for all your employees or customers! We have a great deal if you buy 48 or more. Contact marci@kansassampler.org.
8 Wonders of Kansas Guidebook by Marci Penner
published by the Kansas Sampler Foundation
Beautiful Harland Schuster pictures showcase the 216 places in Kansas that were part of the 8 Wonders contests.

Section 27, A Century on a Family Farm by Mil Penner, Inman
In this collection of brief, evocative vignettes, Penner traces the influence of pioneer roots on the present generation as he chronicles the transformation of the land from untouched prairie to productive farm.

Kansas Explorer Club merchandise
Sport your allegiance to Kansas with fun t-shirts designed for Kansas Explorer Club members--or unofficial Explorers, too!


Kansas Sampler Foundation, Inman
End-of-year donations help re-fill the operating accounts of many non-profits, including the Kansas Sampler Foundation. Think about the organizations in your life that do good work and send them a donation of any size.Every contribution means a great deal.

FOOD PRODUCTS
Nu Life Market, Scott City
"We grow, mill, and package a variety of gluten free sorghum grains into flours, brans, grains. Nu Life Market is proud to present products that are gluten, dairy, peanut, and soy free, using sorghum."

Louisburg Cider Mill, Louisburg
Louisburg Cider Mill is famous for their apple cider, fruit butter and Lost Trail soda, including root beer.

Shop from the new Prairy brand at Prairie Harvest, Newton
Prairie Harvest has a new brand, Prairy! Buy all sorts of treats ranging from pfeffernosse (peppernuts) to trail mix. Plus, other Kansas specialty products for sale, and gift boxes!

Black Dog Salsa & Pepper Jelly,
Emporia
All products are made with the freshest ingredients. No frozen bagged store bought fruits.

The Sweet Granada, Emporia
Truffles, assorted chocolates, and the ever-popular pop-choc (chocolate drizzled popcorn).

Rocky Draw Toffee, Modoc
Jill Berning says, "I absolutely love making toffee and experimenting with different flavors. As of right now I have toffee with pecans or with toasted almonds. For the topping I use milk chocolate, dark chocolate, white chocolate and semi sweet chocolate."

Sticky Spoons, Hutchinson
If you can get past the Sandhill Plum Jelly, there are 19 other delicious flavors. The quick-bread mixes are also homemade, using Kansas-grown wheat, milled in Hudson at the Stafford County Mills.

Holmes-Made Salsa, Wichita
Holmes-Made Salsa is an extension of Holmes Produce, a family produce business established in 1924.

Hudson Cream Flour, Hudson
Hudson Cream Flour is for the home baker. It is made using a "short patent" milling process, a process in which the wheat is ground more times and sifted with finer-meshed sieves than in standard milling. Also, the short patent process sifts away more by-product, leaving only the heart of the wheat kernel to make Hudson Cream flour. The result is a flour that is smoother in texture and produces baked goods that are consistently light and fluffy.

Perry's Pork Rinds, Bronson
Each batch is freshly popped once per week, hand seasoned and out to the customer within 48 hours after popping. Fresh is always best!

Stumpy's Smoked Cheese, Topeka
Stumpy's is owned and operated by The Cook family located in North Topeka.

Next to Nature Farm, Tonganoxie
"We are a small, family-owned farm offering raw, pure, and natural honey; beekeeping supplies; and small-batch beeswax skin care products."

Anthony's Beehive, Lawrence
"Anthony has around 100 hives located in Douglas County. What makes this business unique is that Anthony was born with developmental disabilities. If it weren't for Anthony's bees, his future career options would be severely limited. Anthony has turned his love for these fascinating creatures into a chance to support himself with dignity, despite his disability."

Hillside Honey Apiary, Wichita
Hillside Honey is a family and veteran owned bee farm located in Kansas. We offer local raw unfiltered honey, infused and creamed honey, and a whole host of personal care products.

Grannie's Homemade Mustard, Newton
It's the only mustard Marci Penner uses. Nine flavors! Lydia Hein (Granny) first debuted her family mustard secret recipe in 1990. It's been making sandwiches, sausage, and other meats better ever since.

Pat's Beef Jerky, Liebenthal
Pat’s Beef Jerky opened this family-operated business in 1990 in the former Liebenthal State Bank. Pat spent many hours trying recipes until the final secret recipe was found. Customers love it!

Grandma Hoerner's Natural and Organic, Alma
No matter what dish you plan to make, Grandma Hoerner's famous pie fillings, savory sauces, fruit spreads, and more are here to impress your taste buds.

Papa Baldy's Popcorn, McPherson
Dwight Baldwin planted five acres of popcorn in the spring of 2017. In September 2017 the crop was harvested and the Baldwin family began marketing their popcorn under the Papa Baldy's label.

Free Day Popcorn, Belleville
In 2015, Nate and Stacey Freitag started Free Day Popcorn Company to provide consumers with the freshest popcorn available. The company name comes from the Freitags' last name. Freitag in German is Friday or literally, "frei" = "free" and "tag" = "day".

Cashmere Popcorn, Topeka
Since 2013, Bill and Angie’s goal is to create a high-quality product in every handcrafted batch of popcorn

Schlaegel's Popcorn, Whiting
Since 1970, Gary and Marian Schlaegel have been growing the pop "corn" on their family farm. They now have 20 flavors.

Olde Westport Spice, Goodland
The company’s spice blends include Italian, Cajun, Taco, Fajita, Chili, Jalapeno, Beef Sauce, Salsa, Garlic and many more. The company also invented dry soup mixes.

Strawberry Hill Povitica, Merriam
Povitica is a European hand-made sweet bread. Choose from twelve flavors including English Walnut, Strawberry, Poppy Seed and Lemon Cream.

The Little Nut Hut, Yates Center
Order a tin of honey or cinnamon roasted nuts!

Blacksmith Coffee Roastery, Lindsborg
Coffee Roastery is a family owned and operated coffee shop and roasting company located in “Little Sweden USA”. They are an artisan microroaster, specializing in super-premium, single-origin Arabica bean coffees. Find many flavors along with the Christmas blend.

Fresh Seven Coffee, St. Francis
When it comes to roasting, they do it small. Roasting only 3.8lbs per batch fits perfectly with Heidi and Kale's strict stance on freshness. No coffee is ever sold past seven days from roasting (actually its usually off the shelf in 3 -5 days). This keeps them roasting daily and guarantees you get the freshest coffee possible. After all...Fresh is their FIRST NAME!!

Dale Family Farms, Protection
Grass-finished beef, pastured poultry, pigs, and goats are the main feature but you can also get homemade soaps and dog bones. Try the German Bologna! Gift certificates available. Orders delivered.

Schenker Family Farms, McCune
From meats to handmade preserves to doggie treats, buy from this family farm operation!

Post Rock Beef, Sylvan Grove
Naturally raised dry aged beef grown without added hormones or antibiotics from a small family ranch in Kansas.

Graze the Prairie, Latham
"We are dedicated to raising high quality grass fed beef and lamb. In pursuit of sustainability, we manage our livestock holistically to take better care of our land and our animals.

KANSAS WINE
Oz Winery, Wamego
The wine is really good and the names are really fun! Blue Gingham Dress, Oil Can, Drunken Munchkin, Aunt Em's Prairie Rose, and many more!

Prairie Fire Winery, Paxico
As owner Bob DesRuisseaux says, Prairie Fire is a "dirt to glass" operation. Find twenty five Kansas-grown wine choices with fun and attractive labels.

Smoky Hills Winery, Salina
Among the wines is the 2019 Christmas wine: This is a wonderful blended white, semi-sweet wine for holiday meals and parties.

Bluejacket Crossing Winery, Eudora
I n 2002, the vineyard began with an initial planting of Nortons (Cynthiana). In the following years they added Norton, St. Vincent, Seyval, Chambourcin, Fredonia, Vignoles, and Traminette vines. The vineyard now covers approximately 8 acres in Eudora.

Wyldewood Cellars, Mulvane
Famous for their elderberry wines, they now have over 40 wines made from fruits, berries, and some grape varieties.
 
ART
Soul Sister Ceramics, Courtland
Kansas clay is used to make unique handmade ceramic jewelry and pottery.

Carol Long Pottery, Stafford County
Find handmade tile and decorative pottery by Carol Long.

Robin Valenzuela Art, Garden City
Find Robin's original or digital art on many products on her Zazzle site.

Ibiswoman Jewelry, Lindsborg
IBISwoman designers Kathy Richardson and Briana Zimmerling find inspiration in the gallery's huge, global collection of antique, vintage and contemporary beads. Find work from artists Carla Wilson and Lee Becker, too.

Small World Gallery, Lindsborg
Jim Richardson photography
Fine art prints, cards, and posters from National Geographic photographer Jim Richardson are on this site.

David Drew Productions, Wichita
David Drew is a native Kansas nature photographer capturing the unique and disappearing vistas of the prairie ecosystem.

The Konza Press, Wichita
The Konza Press showcases the people, places and rich traditions of the Great Plains through the work of native artists, writers and photographers. They produce popular gift-books, greeting cards and other products.

Spinning Earth Pottery, Gardner
Danny Meisinger works to artistically shape clay in ways that bring function and beauty together.

The Art of Kary Zweygardt,
St. Francis
Expressing the quiet beauty of Kansas through watercolor and pencil.

Luckstruck handcrafted jewelry, McLouth
Handmade sterling silver jewelry with a gothic Western feel. Featuring vintage glass cabochons and my signature silver roses.

Symphony in the Flint Hills store, Cottonwood Falls
Look for gifts exclusive to this premier Kansas event.

MANY KANSAS PRODUCTS IN ONE CATALOGUE
Kansas Originals, Wilson
Kansas Originals Market and Gallery showcases the fine art, folk art, exquisite crafts, and food products of over 200 Kansans—the largest selection found anywhere.

They offer gift baskets, too!

From the Land of Kansas, Manhattan
Find holiday gift boxes filled with Kansas products.

Downtown Hays Market, Hays
The Downtown Hays Market plays host to almost 80 vendors each season including farm and art vendors.

OTHER THINGS
Gift certificates for Kansas Bed and Breakfasts
Purchase gif certificates here for one of fifty Kansas bed and breakfasts!

SCHAFFER FURNITURE, Jetmore
Zach started off building Early American furniture with traditional joinery and a bit of carving but now has moved to a more Mid- Century style.

BISON WOODWORKING, Humboldt
Bison Woodworking is what happens when a couple of individuals with a passion for woodworking come together to make something great. Starting in a garage in 2006, Bison Woodworking was a one man show, turning out beautiful and unique kitchen islands and butcher blocks. Each one, built by hand, one at a time. Now with a small team, they can make that one-of-a-kind piece for you.

Hats by Grizz, New Almelo
Lil Grizz the hat maker is a legend of the old west come to life. For decades he has criss-crossed the country making hats by hand just as they would have been made in the 1800′s. His hat shop consists of a small wood stove, a set of antique hat irons, and rows and rows of hat blocks.

Sands Wood Levels, Neodesha
Sands Level and Tool dates back to 1895.

House of Sharp, Wichita
"We are a fresh, small business local to Wichita Comprised of Ernest Sharp and Rose Hansen, we decided to step outside of our comfort zone, and follow our passion for engineering and art. From graphic design to mechanical engineering, between the two of us, we will do everything in our power to turn your cool idea into reality."

Prairie Oaks Designs, Florence
All items are designed and cut in the shop in Florence. Take a drive through the Flint Hills and shop in person, too!

FISHER ROCKS, Belleville
Since its inception, Fisher’s Rock Products has expanded its product line to include: paperweights, stepping stones, benches, novelty rocks, residential landscaping signs, and commercial signs, all made from limestone rock quarried near Cottonwood Falls, Kansas.

GOOD COMPANY, Kinsley
Add color and art to your table with these hand embellished serving utensils. Most are 18/10 stainless steel, each is beautifully designed and fully functional. 

Atom Pop Corn Popper, Bushton
The Atom Pop is a stove top popcorn popper. It makes 2 1/2 quarts of popped corn. The bowl measures 10 1/2 inches in diameter at the top and the base is 3 3/4 inches in diameter. The conical shape and aluminum bowl allow the popcorn to be popped without stirring or shaking.

Fire Lake Soapery, Paola
"FireLakeSoapery is an all-natural soap and skin care company creating products in small batches to insure purity. We use highest quality ingredients, rich oils, pure essential oils and plant based colorants, all of which nourish your skin. We are eco friendly and striving to be zero waste."

Kansas Earth and Sky Candles, Ellinwood
Soy candles, soy wax melts, and room & linen sprays are hand-poured with hand-dipped incense. Other exclusive products will help make your space smell wonderful!

Goat Milk Soap Store, Ottawa
"Every product and every package is made by our hands here on our farm. From the animal care, animal birthing, milking, making, packaging and labeling; our hands do it all. Everything is handmade and will be entirely unique in its own way."

The Shepherd's Mill, Phillipsburg
From Alpaca to Yak, The Shepherd's Mill creates exquisite yarns and fabrics from the nation's finest natural fibers.

Bossy Sister Quilting, Kinsley
Jeana Padgham brings quilts to life!

GARDEN TOOLS
Rogue Tools by Prohoe, Munden
Rogue Tools are handcrafted and made from recycled disc blades. The grinding, welding and sharpening are all done by hand. Hoes are used in gardens and fields. Larger blades are used to clean sidewalks, driveways, car washes, farm buildings, and more. The fire fighting/trail building tools are the newest model

PET FOOD & FISHING LURES
Pet Delights, Topeka
Homemade natural pet treats!

Double B Baits, Herington
High school student Gabe Backhus likes to use his own lures in the fishing competitions he enters. He is glad to sell them to others, too. Two classmates help him with this entrepreneurial effort.

BOOKS
Petroglyphs of the Kansas Smoky Hills by Rex Buchanan, Burke Griggs & Joshua Svaty
The book includes a number of photographs for each of fourteen sites in central Kansas, highlighting individual carvings but also the groups and settings in which they occur.

Books by Jim Hoy , Emporia
Jim is the author or co-author of a dozen books that you can find on this site. They all involve his beloved Flint Hills.

Marine, Public Servant, Kansan. The Life of Ernest Garcia by Dennis Raphael Garcia, Garden City
"Rarely do we get a positive glimpse into the lives of Mexican Americans who are Republican, yet Dennis Raphael Garcia has shown us that Ernest Garcia remains true to his Kansas roots.” Valerie Mendoza, lecturer in American Studies, University of Kansas.

Vernon Rickman: An Artful Life by Beverley Olson Buller, Newton
This beautifully illustrated coffee table book features the story and art of Vernon Rickman, a mixed race Kansan, who spent twenty years working as a sculptor and exhibits technician for the Smithsonian Institution, all the while expressing himself through paintings and sculptures that are now shared with the broader public for the first time.

Brown Enough by Ken Ohm, Topeka
Author Ohm says , "Brown Enough is a novel, based on a true story set in 1956, featuring seven Blacks, three Mexicans and one white guy all tolerating the nearness of racism while playing baseball, the game they love."

Hidden History of Kansas by Adrian Zink
Author and historian Adrian Zink digs deep into the Sunflower State's history to reveal intriguing hidden and overlooked stories.


Christmas at the Stable by Kim Funk, Goessel
NEW
Here is a book with a fresh look at the Christmas story through the eyes of the animals that shared the stable with the newborn Jesus.

Meadowlark Books, Emporia
Meadowlark Books publishes memoir, poetry, short stories, and novels. Read stories that began in the Heartland, that were written here.

Kansas Oddities and Kansas Oddities by Roger Ringer, Medicine Lodge
Kansas Oddities and Eccentric Kansas are books about Kansas and Kansan’s from History Press written by Roger Ringer. These short stories have been almost lost or forgotten.

American Grain Elevator by Linda Laird
This 111-page paperback tells the story of how grain storage began, how elevators were invented, who owns them and how they work. See many historic color photos.

Fallen Trees by Stan Finger, Wichita
Robbie Richten is at a crossroads. A promising relationship has faded. His freelance writing career in Kansas City is withering. He returns to his childhood home, a family farm in central Kansas, hoping to sort out his future. While there, he crosses paths with a friend and former classmate who has suffered a devastating loss. They connect anew, prompting Robbie to wonder if something more is possible.

Heart of a Champion by author Jennifer Freeman, LeRoy
Heart of a Champion: The Life and Legacy of Coach Bill Freeman remembers a great coach and an even greater man. The author is Bill's daughter.

Remnants, Prairie Gas Stations Remembered by Judi Kirk, Greensburg
Judi Kirk explores what's left of the historic, colorful, and dynamic local 20th Century full-service filling stations found across Kansas. Some have been abandoned while others have been restored and preserved, or found new lives as office space, pharmacies, or retail stores.

Cheryl Unruh's Flyover People publications, Emporia
Cheryl Unruh is one of the best writers of Kansas life and her vivid descriptions put you in the scene. Find her publications here.

Cameos of Courage by Collette Reichenberger and Judith Carroll, Independence
Cameos of Courage is set in Kansas and covers a span from the 1850's - 1880's. The book follows four ten-year-old girls making a home in Kansas: an abolitionist, an Osage Indian, an Exoduster, and a homesteader.

Bloomin' Prairie Poetry by Helene Landenberger, St. Francis
Landenberger, the Wild Rose Poet, says, "This is poetry from the land that the Cheyenne loved the best, where the sky is blue as wonder and the prairie passed the test, where the grain is gold and tasty and the beef is number one, and the air is just the clearest under western Kansas sun."

University Press of Kansas, Lawrence
The press publishes work on American politics (including the presidency, American political thought, and public policy), military history and intelligence studies, American history (especially political, cultural, intellectual, and western), environmental policy and history, American studies, film studies, law and legal history, Native American studies, and books about Kansas and the Midwest.

Kansas! Magazine, Topeka
Discover the wonders awaiting you in the heartland! Each issue of  KANSAS!  is individually curated by dedicated editor Andrea Etzel to take you on a memorable journey through the Sunflower State.

MUSIC & DVD
Diamond W Wranglers, Towanda
"A KANSAS SOUVENIR  contains many brand new recordings of songs you've been enjoying from the Diamond W for years. It's the closest to a "greatest hits" we've ever done!"

RoJean Loucks, harpist, Lindsborg
Buy RoJean's beautiful harp music via CD, DVD, sheet music, or a download.

Ann Zimmerman, Salina
"Darkness bites off another minute of sunlight in this stunningly composed and orchestrated song of deepening winter, yet the light will soon return – spirituality without religious references – equally appropriate for northern and southern hemispheres."

Find many other albums, as well.

Prairie Hollow Productions, Dover
“Meet a number of Flint Hills residents who are contributing to their communities in different ways in this 90-minute documentary from Dave Kendall & Laura Mead at Prairie Hollow Productions.” 

Home on the Range CD, Athol
Home on the Range Movie Soundtrack: The music from the story of America’s iconic song.

KANSAS TOURS and EXPERIENCES
Sunflower State Tours, Hope
Joe and Nakita Hirsch have a 14 passenger transit bus to take you on amazing Kansas adventures.

Flying W Ranch, Cedar Point
Participate in a cattle drive or a sunset or moonlight trail ride. Get a gift certificate here.

T-SHIRTS WITH
KANSAS DESIGNS
Happy Creek Chic, Hill City
Silk screen fashions from a happy place!

Kinfolk Created, Basehor
Their brand offers premium quality Kansas apparel and small goods rooted in local history. Their designs tell a story about growing up with grass stains on gravel roads in the Kansas side of Kansas City.

A Little Hometown Shirt, Courtland
Shirts made in America, designed and silk screened in a "little hometown!"

Midwest Mill, Norton
Handmade Trendy Tees for Mamas and Kiddos made with love and high quality heat transfer vinyl.

HOW CAN YOU GET ON THIS LIST?
Here is the criteria:
  • Kansas-made product
  • Have an online shopping cart
  • Be based in Kansas
Send a logo, product web site or FB page, the shopping cart url, your city, and a one-sentence description to marci@kansassampler.org .
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