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The Power of the Local Economy – a series by The Tyee

Local Garden

Local Garden

I  thought this was a great article written by Luke Brocki in The Tyee about creative business relationships and making a dream come true. So what is this about exactly?

You take the top tier of an empty parkade, add a vision to grow lettuces for local restaurants and online food retailers, add  bicycle couriers, recyclers and a credit union committed to investing in the community and what do you have?

A “Local Biz Salad” as the Tyee calls it in its third installment on growing the local economy. While the article features Local Gardens’ unique business plan in which it grows lettuce hydroponically on the top tier of an empty City parkade (which it rents from the city), the article delves deeper into studies that illustrate the business case for developing the local economy  through local initiatives. This is  the third in a series of articles on ‘buy local’ but you can read “Biz Salad” right here.

On another note – I just realized that these are the greens I order every week from my new online organic, local food retailer spud.ca – so I can officially attest to the deliciousness of these lettuces!


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Fontaine Sante Hummus: The Best Commercial Hummus on the Planet.

Those of you who know me, know the love affair I have with hummus. Particularly the hummus that my mediterranean friends make over on Commercial Drive . Well, I’ve tasted a new hummus that is rivalling the love I have for my Mediterranean friend’s fresh homemade hummus (which trust me is amazing).

The hummus that has recently captured my interest is mass- produced.  I know. Gasp. But it’s true. I first tried it when I was in Ontario visiting this summer. I bought it at Loblaw‘s and Planet Organic. I travelled home with four containers knowing full well they would be gone by the end of the week.

I looked high and low in Vancouver and the only place I found it was Planet Organic way over in Coquitlam. I had to drive all the way from North Van to the bowels of Coquitlam to get my Fontaine Sante Traditional hummus. Sacre Coeur. What makes this hummus so special? Who knows because at the end of the day every hummus is pretty much made of the exact same thing so it’s anyone’s guess why they all turn out so differently. But I have tried and have also made a least a hundred different varieties of hummus and this is without question the best.

It strikes a perfect balance of flavours with a certain piquant I’m not sure what but it’s delicious. This hummus dominates.  Due to love of local I’ll always buy from my guy on Commercial but if I come across this anywhere I’ll buy it and I’ll buy lots.


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