Support Locally Owned Small Business This Christmas

Looking for a great gift?  How about a gift certificate to Pottstown’s number 1 rated restaurant on Yelp and Trip Advisor!  Shopping small returns dividends to your community.  Buying from a big box chain does not help the local economy.  Buying from a locally owned business does!

Click here to purchase a great gift for the special people in your life: http://www.icreatecafe.org/?deeplink_referrer=ess#!product/prd1/1602198915/30%24-gift-card

Also, check out the new iCreate store on Facebook.  Click on SHOP to purchase computer classes, Arabic language classes, cooking classes and more. Click here for a direct link to the store: https://www.facebook.com/iCreateCafe/app_196248510415671

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New Website Allows Customers To Shop Downtown Lancaster Businesses 24/7

Editor’s note:  We think this is a great concept and we like the fact that so many merchants are already on board.

About 30 businesses in downtown Lancaster have banded together and created a way for customers to have more access to their products.

The new website https://shoplancaster.net/ gives anyone unfettered access.  Save on gas, parking and time.  If you are busy, don’t live in the area or don’t have access to transportation, but enjoy shopping online, then this site is for you!

The website is easy to use, you can shop by vendor or type of product etc…

Just create an account and start spending!

Restaurants Renew Farm-To-Table Dining Concept In York County. Has Its Time Come?

Map of Pennsylvania highlighting York County

Map of Pennsylvania highlighting York County (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

The walls of Tutoni’s in York are covered with chalkboards — one displaying cuts of a pig, another showing different types of cheese — each with a description of where the food came from.

The pork loin, for example, was once a Heritage pig that roamed free on Rettland Farm in Adams County.

Bright green arugula leaves, one chalkboard says, were grown in the greenhouses of Brogue Hydroponics in Chanceford Township.

Soft, silky mozzarella was made at Caputo Brothers Creamy in Jackson Township.

Read more: http://www.ydr.com/local/ci_26566765/farm-table-dining-has-failed-york-county-before

Buy Fresh Buy Local invites York County Residents To Discover Locally Grown Food And To Support Area Farmers

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“Food. 1-buy it with thought, 2-cook it with care, 3-use less wheat and meat, 4-buy local foods, 5-serve just enough… – NARA – 512592 (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Editor’s note:  We here at Roy’s Rants fully support any Buy Fresh Buy Local program!

York County Buy Fresh Buy Local invites you to learn more about the home grown goodness York County has to offer.

Miller Plant Farm will host the Tastes of York event from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. June 15 with sample goods from local vendors and musical entertainment.

BFBL is about supporting local farmers and growers and helping consumers to un derstand the importance of buying locally grown foods and how to find those local growers.

“Nutrition is tied to freshness. Why buy some thing that is shipped when you can find fresh food grown right here in York County?,” Dave Miller said.

The proceeds from Tastes of York go to sup port Buy Fresh Buy Local and to help pay for the food guide for this year, he said.

Read more: http://www.inyork.com/community/ci_23384025/homegrown-goodness

Pottstown Buy Local Committee Sponsoring Community Dance Party

The purpose of this event is to dance locally and have a great time together.  If any money is raised it will go towards the buy local initiative for future events.  Ticket prices were kept low to allow everyone who wanted to come to be able to do so.  Playing together is an important community building tool!

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March 16 at 8:00pm
The B. P. O Elks in Pottstown, Pennsylvania

Farm Aid Sets The Stage In Central Pennsyvlania

Map of Pennsylvania highlighting Dauphin County

Map of Pennsylvania highlighting Dauphin County (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

For just over a quarter-century, Farm Aid has used pop music to try to help fix some of the problems in American agriculture: the disappearance of family farms, the corporatization of food, and the widening gap between producers and consumers.

The nonprofit organization will bring its annual fundraising concert to Hersheypark Stadium on Saturday, Sept. 22, to once again share its message in a very public way. Performers will include founders Willie Nelson, John Mellencamp and Neil Young, as well as Dave Matthews, Animal Liberation Orchestra, Kenny Chesney, Jack Johnson, Pegi Young & the Survivors, and Lukas Nelson & Promise of the Real.

The show came to Pittsburgh in 2002, and organizers say they are excited to be bringing it back to Pennsylvania.

“We looked at Hershey before,” said Carolyn Mugar, Farm Aid’s executive director. “It’s right in the middle of some the best farm country in the region, and the size is perfect. We’re going to change out all the concessions to be homegrown and regional, and it is really going to feel like the venue is ours that day.”

Pottstown Buy Local Campaign Gets Off The Ground With Big Results

Captain Buy Local is pleased to announce that the two winning buildings of the May Pottstown School District Buy Local initiative are Barth Elementary with a whopping $17,477 spent locally in May 2012, and Pottstown Senior High School with an incredible $10,773 spent in the Pottstown community within the month of May 2012!!! As a special thank-you to these two buildings for their amazing commitment to supporting the Pottstown community, various downtown restaurants are treating their staff and faculty to lunch this week!

As a thank you to the Administration for coming out of the gate so strong and hitting the first milestone of $250 spent locally – setting the pace for the month-long initiative – all Administration building employees will be receiving a “Buy Local” lunch bag!

The grand total spent during the month of May is $55,065! WOW – mind-blowing!

AND… … because the PSD “Shop Smart.Buy Local.Shop Pottstown” initiative was such a huge successful, Captain Buy Local announced this morning on The Buzz – 1370 am (Pottstown’s very own local radio station extraordinaire) that is now a DISTRICT WIDE WIN!!

That means that for the remaining school days ALL PSD students will have the option to wear school appropriate attire in lieu of the regular mandatory school uniforms, and ALL PSD staff and faculty will have the option of wearing school appropriate shorts or jeans and sneakers!!

How awesome is, Captain Buy Local? He’s the best superhero, bar none!

A huge “thank you” Pottstown School District! You have set an incredible precedence with your commitment, passion and hard-earned dollars! We hope the next Buy Local business to accept our challenge can match your level of community pride and loyalty!