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Fresh, local produce is now available

Posted by Robin Abel on

There is nothing like fresh, in season, local produce!  It tastes better, it's healthier, and it's only around for a short time so you're really got to scoop it up while it's available!   While it's a great thing to get excited about local produce, I have other reasons to celebrate this season.  Spring means connecting with those farmers that have been hiding during the winter.  There are quite a few farmers I'm looking forward to seeing on a regular basis again. 1. Ferris Farm - a locally owned and operated family farm grows some great produce in New Wilmington...

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Beeswax wraps are going to save the world!

Posted by Robin Abel on

Well, maybe not save the world exactly but beeswax wraps can certainly help reduce your waste.  How?  Instead of using plastic wrap to cover leftovers or putting your sandwich at lunch in a plastic bag, you can use beeswax wraps.  Here's a few basic questions about these amazing new kitchen must haves.   1. What is a beeswax wrap?  A natural alternative to plastic wrap that typically combines cotton and bees wax.  2. What can I use these wraps for? Covering bowls with leftovers, wrapping sandwiches for lunch, folding to carry fruit and other snack items, and making you smile...

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Put the pretty things on top!

Posted by Robin Abel on

It's been a honor to meet and develop relationships with other small business owners.  When you understand there is a story behind every business and people are there not simply to have a job but build something special, you tend to slow down and see these owners has humans.  You ask questions, you have conversations rather than transactions, and they tend to become part of your journey even in the smallest of ways.   One of these owners is Ann, who created The Holistic Pet Nutrition Center in Harmony.   Through the last few years of dog ownership, I've had many conversations...

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Be encouraging this winter

Posted by Robin Abel on

A friend of mine posted on Facebook the other day how important encouragement is.  I sent her a quick text on how wonderful she is and how grateful I am for her friendship.  She responded with telling me how great I was too.  The little love fest when on for a bit and what struck me was the words she used to describe me were not ones I would have chosen.  Where as I see my failures and shortcomings, she sees my strengths, she watches what I accomplish in amazement and she is always encouraging.     Isn't it funny...

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Big goal for a new year!

Posted by Robin Abel on

We didn't start this business to build an empire.  I mean, who really wants millions from a wildly successful company?! ;) We started by asking"How can we be part of our community?" We started brainstorming what kind of business or store or organization was needed, was different, and might be a unique addition to the community. Supporting local people seemed to be the best fit so we went from there.   From a business perspective, how do you make business decisions and have solid business goals when you plan hinges on "connecting" people?  It's been a struggle for me to...

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