Chicago-based Modern Sprout among Oprah's "Favorite Things" list this season

It's been a fun few weeks of announcements for foodies with the long-awaited Michelin Bib Gourmand and Michelin Guide Chicago lists of the best restaurants in the city being revealed. We've also come to the time when Oprah announces her "Favorite Things" for the upcoming holiday season, which always includes some great food and kitchen/cooking items. Among them this year are a delectable deep-dish cherry pie from, the T-fal OptiGrill and a Skandia Telva Knife Block Set.

Also making her list is an item from a Chicago-based company, the Modern Sprout Garden Jar, an amazing self-watering hydroponic system in a pretty, colored mason-jar that produces fresh herbs all year long. It's nice to see that a Chicago company made the list after Oprah called the city her home for so long.

If you take a little time to browse the site, you'll see you can also get a variety of other herbs, flowers and even tomatoes and with a variety of containers. Oprah was fond of the three-pack gift set of mason jars that include mint, basil and parsley. Jars can also be purchased separately.


Modern Sprout Garden Jar Three-Pack: Herb Essentials
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"Now this is a fantastic gift: made in the U.S.A., a vintage-inspired mason jar containing a self-watering hydroponic system that grows herbs. I love the idea of giving a set—my faves are basil, parsley, and mint."   — Oprah

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You'll also find additional adorable planters on the website, like this chalkboard version.