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Go Local

Time for a Go Local update, I missed it last week.

I love local eating just for the fact that I get delicious food, support brilliant small farmers and give big agribusiness one more kick in the pants. But I’m also smitten with the fact that I can save a buck or two. Some fruits or veggies  that I might put up are total money savers. Red peppers? They are practically free in the summer and cost the price of a small car in the winter. But others, it’s pretty close. Let’s see how I made out with the berries….DSC06093

I ended up with 13 bags of 12 ounces a piece. I paid $2.50 a pound for these organic berries, total of 9.75 pounds of berries, wow! That comes to about $2.11 a bag.

Frozen organic berries at the coop cost about $3.99 for a 10 oz bag, $2.79 when I stock them up on sale. So my 12 ounce bags are still cheaper than the ten ounce bags on sale. Strawberries? An obvious winner! Next year I need to do twice as many.

As for my other “alongs” my Tour de Fleece has a flat tire and my fiddling? Yeah, I didn’t tell you about that one, did I? Well, let’s just say I haven’t gotten too far. But hey, that’s life with three little boys, isn’t it? All in due time, I say. And now, it’s breakfast time. Hope your day will be as beautiful as ours!


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I Love This

I Took The Handmade Pledge!

I’ll amend this a bit to be buy handmade or local, as there are a few items I want for the boys that I can’t make. But, I’m thinking that about 75% of my gifts will be handmade items and the rest from small local shops. I may have to order this crane if my local toy shop can’t order it for me, but that should be the only non-locally purchased item.

Since I’m trying not to be crazy, I won’t be making everything myself. But, with Etsy as an online option that makes life much easier. And for you locals who might be wondering where you can get great handmade items, here’s a quick Twin Cities rundown of where I’ll be shopping for handmade goods:

I Like You at 42nd and Nicollet in Minneapolis. Seriously, this is an awesome, awesome shop. It’s like having my own personal Etsy shop to visit whenever I want.

Edited to add: I Like You is sponsoring the Handmaiden Minneapolis Craftmas: Indie Art and Craft Show on December 9th. I’m quite psyched about this and now need to save even more money!

Gift Shop Co-op at 3023 E 35th Street. I haven’t been here yet but it looks intriguing.

No Coast Craftorama!!!! ‘Nuff said.

Textile Center at 3000 UniversityAve SE. They have an ongoing holiday sale with the grand opening being this weekend. They even have a family day on December 2nd, where you can shop while the kiddos have fun. I’ll be teaching the pre-school activitiy that day, so if you come stop by to say hi!

Re-Gifts at 1842 E. 42nd St in Minneapolis. Awesome shop, and I just noticed they have an online shop too, if you’re not a local.

I’m going to try to do my top ten Etsy shops another day. Have a great weekend!


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