Summer Lingers – Give Thanks

It’s been a long hot summer and though it’s officially fall, summer weather isn’t over yet.  In August and September the Lower Mainland of B.C.  and Vancouver Island  broke a 119 year dry-spell record. We had only 5 mm of precipitation in September and 2.9 mm in August. The woods are tinder dry and we…

The Advantages of Buying Locally

Although the term “buying locally” can refer to a number of products, produce purchased from farmer’s markets, food co-ops, and local food stands is what usually comes to mind. And though it may be more convenient to have a one-stop-shop for all of your grocery needs, there are some definite benefits to buying your food…

I love shopping local

The best places to bring your friends from out of town are your local restaurants and local businesses.  When I go shopping in the city chain stores I’m appalled to see sales clerks chatting with their friends on cell phones rather than waiting on me. When I finally get their attention some don’t even have…

Farmers Market

The Farmers’ Market has become a major event right through the summer, attracting both locals and visitors to the island.  Dozens of local farmers sell fresh produce and many local artists, craftspeople and artisans display their work for sale. If you want to buy local produce or crafts, you won’t have to go far to find…