Introducing the Doylestown Food Co-Op

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We recently checked out the Doylestown Food Co-Op, where we found a whole new way to think about local food…and popcorn (more on that in a minute). The co-op opened its doors earlier this month in a storefront at 29 West State Street, Doylestown, Pa. The official grand opening will take place on February 8. For details, check out http://www.doylestown.coop.org.

So, What Is a Co-Op?

A co-op is a business that’s owned and governed collectively by a group of people who are members. While most co-ops start as food businesses, some have eventually branched out, providing other services of value to the community. Like other co-ops, the Doylestown Food Co-Op offers the opportunity to become a member by purchasing equity shares of the grocery. In exchange, member-owners have a say in decisions about the business, receive discounts on some of their food purchases and enjoy a variety of other benefits. Read on

Fresh Reset for a New Year

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Yes, it’s been a while since the last Fresh post. A big thanks to all of you who have been asking “where are you?” and “when can we expect the next post”? Glad to know you are out there!  The answer to the first question is “still here!” To the second, “very soon.” Watch for a post featuring Doylestown, PA’s latest addition to the local food movement: the Doylestown Food Co-Op.

With the book version of the blog under way, Fresh will move to a monthly schedule throughout 2014. Please stay tuned. Less can sometimes be more.

Shop Local: Freshbyhand At November 23 Holiday Gift Show

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Freshbyhand’s collaged picture frames and mirrors will be on sale at an upcoming holiday gift show in Solebury Township, PA. The frames upcycle imagery from original prints created with block printing, mono type and etching techniques. The imagery is inspired by nature, found materials and the creative possibilities of paint, ink and glue.

This one incorporates an original block print image.

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This one is collaged using remnants of etchings and mono prints.

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Show Details

8th Annual Holiday Shopping Extravaganza

  • Saturday, November 23, 2013, 10 am – 3 pm
  • Solebury United Methodist Children’s Learning Center’
  • 2536 Aquetong Road, New Hope, PA
  • Free Admission
  • Childcare available
  • Refreshments & activities for kids

The show will include a number of other local craft artisans, a fair trade organization and some direct selling companies.

Localism in the DelVal: Two Communities Consider ‘Import Replacement’

 

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If you’re already a locavore, you won’t be surprised to know that eating local is a trend that’s on the rise, as noted by various surveys, including one from North Dakota’s Center for Rural Affairs.*  This is great news for those of us who believe localism can give rise to a greener, lower-carbon lifestyle AND lay the groundwork for a stronger, job-producing economy. But to realize localism’s full benefits, we’ll need to do more than just buy food from neighborhood farms.

According to localists, we’ll also need to adopt something called “import replacement.” While that term may not be as widely known as “sustainable,” two Delaware River Valley towns, Solebury Township, PA, and Lambertville, NJ, are considering sustainably minded proposals that are great examples of import replacement. Read on!

Find the Local & Green Resources You Want Right Here

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When Fresh in the Delaware River Valley got under way, the idea was to provide both informative content on ways to live more sustainably AND quick access to local resources that could help you “go green and local. ” That’s what the Local Resources pages are all about.

If you’ve never visited Local Resources, consider checking it out today — or the next time you’re searching for a way to do something like recycle your car or buy organic clothing. If it’s been a while since you scanned the Local Resources pages, come on back and see what’s new. Thanks to the recent Frenchtown Green Fair and a few reader suggestions, there are several exciting new listings. Read on!

Frenchtown Green Fair Set for September 28

Want to learn more about making your lifestyle green and sustainable? One opportunity coming up soon is the Frenchtown Green Fair. The event will bring together a variety of speakers and vendors promoting choices that are both healthy and environmentally responsible.

Green/sustainable local vendors will showcase a diverse range of products and services, including:

  • Alternative vehicles.
  • Green building and landscaping services.
  • Organic body-care products.
  • Health foods.
  • Green apparel. Read on!