the people have spoken ~ we want local!

it’s a day to talk about the importance of local business.  a while back started a survey to find out how ‘local’ fits into consumer purchasing decisions.

it turns out that ‘local’ is an important consideration for people when they are buying, and, even more encouraging, people would buy more local goods if they knew local options where available and they knew how to access the goods.  the results of the poll will help us build Habits for Your Habitat – Guide to the Good, and that will make it easier for those of us in the Northeast Avalon to include more ‘local’ in our purchasing decisions.

here are couple of highlights –

  • it shows that buying ‘local’ is a significant factor for the majority the people Screen Shot 2016-02-04 at 5.32.36 PM
  • and the poll also shows that there is a significant potential for local businesses to increase the market share for their goods and services.  when asked how they felt about the percentage of local spending,  86.6% of the respondents said they would spend more locally if they knew local options where available and they knew how to access the goods

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all good news!  thanks to all those who participated.

You can see the survey’s summary of response  in this link: is a non-profit that informs and inspires people in Newfoundland and Labrador on ways to address the challenges facing our planet, our communities, and our lives.  like and share!

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secret of the garden

since we moved in almost 12 years ago our back yard has been home to a great sprawling ‘bush’.  at first the bush was a feature as the garden was scant, but it dropped from a feature to an annoyance as its surroundings improved.  it had a distinctive odour.  I hacked it into submission.

upon returning from the family vacation of a lifetime my visiting cousin said… black currants’.   o my.  I am thrilled! black currant jelly in just six steps.


i am forgiving myself for missing the secret, and look forward to sharing the harvest.  I also like the odour.

the cheese course – Five Brothers Artisan Cheese

newfoundland camembert?  yes!    chevre?  yes!

there is good, really good handmade artisan cheese out there byes.

when Green Team heard about Five Brothers last summer, they got excited and caught up with owner and cheesemaker adam blanchard.

Five Brothers products are available at Food For Thought and Nourish Bakery.  and keep an eye out for more places in 2012 – fb Five Brothers.  ( facebook ‘likes’ ’em)

Five Brothers Artisan Cheese