Visions of chocolate blimps, peanuts roasted in Akron, Barberton-made cookies and Medina County candy are dancing in my head.

For the 15th year, United Disability Services, headquartered in Akron, is offering its line of Buckeye Baskets featuring Ohio-made food items. Some baskets are filled entirely with Ohio products, many of them from Northeast Ohio.

Clients at an Akron workshop for people with disabilities assemble the baskets and prepare them for shipping.

The Ohio focus “just seemed like a natural,” said Carrie Herman, business development group manager for the UDS agency. “It’s an opportunity to support our local and state businesses, and to create a niche and set our baskets apart from most other gift baskets.”

Herman said that over the years she has received help from friends, family members and co-workers who suggest Ohio items to include. Also, she regularly checks the Ohio Proud website (ohioproud.org) that lists products at least 50 percent grown, raised or processed in Ohio.

A total of 16 basket styles are available. Buckeye Baskets featuring all Ohio-made products include “Season’s Greetings from Ohio” and “Buckeye Best.”

Buckeye Best is filled with McJack Candy Co. of Medina Township’s vanilla caramels and chocolate walnut fudge, Springerle cookies made by a baker who works out of her home in Barberton, honey-roasted peanuts from downtown Akron’s Peanut Shoppe, a solid chocolate blimp made by Hartville Chocolate Factory, and Buckeye chocolate and peanut butter treats from Harry London/Fannie May in Green among a variety of other Ohio-made products.

The Buckeye Baker basket features a sugar cookie mix from Fowler’s Milling Co. near Chardon, brownie mix produced by Brand Castle in Bedford Heights, sunflower oil from Sunsational of West Salem, and vanilla extract made by Bickford Flavors of Wickliffe. There’s also an Ohio-shaped cookie cutter (not made in Ohio).

Baskets are priced from $11.95 to $150, plus tax and shipping. Most are under $60. Order online at www.buckeyebaskets.com; by phone, 330-379-3341, or toll-free 877-731-8733, Monday-Friday from 8 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Baskets can be shipped anywhere in the United States or picked up at UDS, 701 S. Main St., Akron. If you plan to pick up, you must place orders by phone at 330-379-3341.

The baskets are available any time of year, but the holiday season is the busiest for the enterprise. Herman recommends ordering by Dec. 19 for the best chance of delivery before Christmas.

Markets go indoors

Two big area farmers markets are inside for the season.

• The Countryside Winter Farmers’ Market at Old Trail School, 2315 Ira Road, Bath, continues from 9 a.m. to noon Saturday, Dec. 9 and 16. The first winter market of the new year is Jan. 6.

The markets at Old Trail School run from 9 a.m. to noon on select Saturdays. Roughly 45 vendors set up in the gymnasium and cafeteria for each of the indoor markets. Breakfast and lunch are available from various vendors.

Details on special events at the market are at cvcountryside.org and Countryside Conservancy’s Facebook page.

• The indoor Haymaker Farmers Market in Kent — the granddaddy of area markets — runs from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturdays through April at the United Methodist Church at 1435 E. Main St., Kent.

Both of these markets move outdoors after their winter season.

Seasonal sipping

Here are some December tastings we haven’t yet mentioned this season:

• Regency wine store and bar in Fairlawn will present its annual Traderman Distributors Tasting from 3 to 6 p.m. Saturday. . Ten wines will be available for tasting for $15.

Regency is at 115 Ghent Road, in the Merchant Square plaza across from Summit Mall. Also at Regency, the Champagne Tasting is 6 to 9 p.m. Dec. 6. Cost is $50, plus tax and tip. Appetizers are included. Call 330-836-3447 for reservations for either event.

• The annual Nebbiolo Wine Dinner with John Bee is Dec. 5 and 6 at D’Agnese’s White Pond. The dinner begins at 6 p.m. each night. Bee is a wine importer who spends a large part of the year in Italy, Cost is $60, $55 with a toy donation for the restaurant’s Toys for Tots Campaign. Call 234-678-3612 for reservations. The restaurant is at 566 White Pond Dr. in Akron.

• Vaccaro’s Trattoria, 1000 Ghent Road, Bath, offers its Holiday Wine Tasting Extravaganza from 4 to 7 p.m. Dec. 10. The event — which last year attracted quite a crowd — offers 100 wines for tasting, appetizers and live jazz. Cost is $35. For tickets, go to http://bit.ly/2AGwcU1 or follow the link on the restaurant’s Facebook page.

• West Point Market, 33 Shiawassee Blvd., Fairlawn, will host its popular Bubble Bash from 7 to 9 p.m. Dec. 15. It will feature 20 varieties of bubbly, including champagne, cava and prosecco. Cheeses, appetizers, dessert included. Cost is $50. Call 330-864-2151, ext. 405 or see www.westpointmarket.com.

And a few we’ve already mentioned:

• One Eleven Bistro, 2736 Medina Road (state Route 18), Medina Township, will host a five-course Bubbles Dinner, featuring Trudon Estate champagne, beginning at 6:30 p.m. Thursday. Cost is $85 ($60 without wine) plus tax and tip. Call 330-952-1122 for reservations.

• The 12 Wines of Christmas will run from 6:30 to 8 p.m. Dec. 11 at both locations of 750ml. Cost is $19 for club750 members and $29 for non-members.

To reserve at the 750ml at 2287 W. Market St. in West Akron, call 330-794-5754. To reserve at the 750ml at 8903 Brecksville Road, Brecksville, call 440-526-8100.

Brunch with Santa

Tree City Coffee & Pastry in Kent will host its third annual Brunch with Santa from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday. On the bill: create-your-own waffles and omelettes, a DJ spinning Christmas music, a hot cocoa station for kids and mimosas, spiked eggnog and Great Lakes Christmas Ale for adults.

There’s no admission fee; you pay for food and drinks. Bring gifts for free wrapping, with donations going to Kent Social Services. Tree City Coffee & Pastry is at 135 E. Erie St.

Lots of reminders

• The Holiday Market on the Farm at the Hale Farm & Village Gatehouse in Bath runs from 4 to 9 p.m. Friday. Organizers are giving the event more of a Buckeye flair, with various Ohio-made food and nonfood items for sale.

Bomba Tacos & Rum, the regional chain that has a Montrose site in Copley, will do a “kitchen takeover,” making tacos and other food. Hale Farm’s shop, the MarketPlace, will be open that day from noon to 6 p.m. For information, go to www.wrhs.org/events/holiday-market-on-the-farm-copy/. Hale Farm & Village is at 2686 Oak Hill Road in Bath.

• You still have until Thursday to enter the oatmeal cookie contest organized by the folks who run the historic Mustill Store, near downtown Akron and along the Ohio & Erie Towpath Trail.

Contestants will bring their cookies to the Mustill Store’s Holiday Extravaganza on Saturday. The festival, featuring locally made gifts and signings by local authors, will run from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Dec. 2 and 3.

The cookie contest is a nod to Ferdinand Schumacher, who operated a mill just south of the Mustill Store and grew a cereal empire in the 1800s that became part of Quaker Oats. Cost to enter is $25. For an entry form, go to the Cascade Locks Association’s website, http://cascadelocks.org. Mail it or drop off at the association’s mailbox off the Mustill Store parking lot. The physical address is 57 W. North St., which is different than the mailing address.

For more information, go to the website or call Beth at 330-374-5625.

• First United Methodist Church of Akron, 263 E. Mill St., near the University of Akron, will host Gingerbread for Humanity from 3 to 5 p.m. Dec. 9.

Participants at the fundraiser for Habitat for Humanity will create gingerbread houses, using kits and decorations provided by organizers. Holiday treats will be available.

Kits will cost $12 each. Reserve at https://bit.ly/2hR4P1A. For information, call the church office at 330-376-8143.

• Reeves Cake Shop in Akron offers classes on making gingerbread houses, at the bakery or at your own house or other location.

This year, the two classes at the bakery, 2770 Cory Ave., will run from 6:30 to 8 p.m. Wednesday and Dec. 6. All supplies are furnished. Cost is $25. Call 330-848-1036 to reserve.

Bakery workers present workshops at homes, businesses, schools, churches and other locales. Cost for a workshop is $23 per house (minimum of 10). Group classes will be offered Saturday through Dec. 16. Call 330-848-1036 or visit www.reevescakeshop.com.

• Stan Hywet in Akron will present a Holiday Tea and Centerpiece Workshop from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Dec. 9.

Each guest will have the opportunity to create a holiday centerpiece. Afterward, guests can take a self-guided tour of the Manor House, decorated for the holidays.

Cost is $80 for members of Stan Hywet and $100 for nonmembers. Reservations are required. Tickets may be purchased at stanhywet.org or by calling 330-315-3287. Stan Hywet is at 714 N. Portage Path.

• Pav’s Creamery in North Canton will host its first free Sundae with Santa from 1 to 3 p.m. Dec. 17. Kiddies will receive a free Kiddy Sundae and can have their pictures taken with Mr. and Mrs. Claus.

The North Canton Pav’s, a year-round shop with indoor seating, is set to open soon at 708 S. Main St.

Send local food news to Katie Byard at 330-996-3781 or kbyard@thebeaconjournal.com. You can follow her @KatieByardABJ on Twitter or on Facebook at www.facebook.com and read the Akron Dish blog at www.ohio.com/food.