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Who we are

My name is Karen and I have lived and raised my family near the Crowe River in Trent Hills for the last sixteen years. About twelve years ago, while reading the "Little House on the Prairie" series with my boys,
I was struck by how often Laura Ingalls Wilder mentioned food in her writing. Their family was so connected with their food -- so knowledgeable about how to grow, harvest, process and preserve -- and so appreciative of the seasonality of flavours.

 

I was determined to do better, both for the health of the planet and our family. I wrote the song "Just Down the Road," a tribute to eating local and getting more connected with our food. We started growing more of our vegetables, tried canning a few times, started cooking and baking more from scratch and visited local farms and markets whenever possible.

Busy lives and the convenience of a big grocery store have often interfered with our local shopping goals. We still have a long way to go in this journey of "living la vida local." It is my hope that the Homegrown Hamper will not only help my own family make shopping local part of our monthly routine, but also make it easier for other folks to 'get into the local habit' and feel more connected with our local economy.

Our Promise

  • Convenience -- We want to make local shopping convenient! You can make a custom online order for your favourite local goods every two weeks. Your hamper will be available for pick up at 3 and 7 p.m. Home delivery within 25 km of Campbellford is available for an extra fee of $5. 

  • Connection -- We want to nurture relationships between consumers and producers, as well as help people feel more connected to their food and household goods. Let's make local a lifestyle!

  • Conversation -- We hope the Homegrown Hamper will become a meeting ground for people to learn from one another. We want to get people talking, sharing ideas, trading tomato seedlings and recipes, promoting local events, etc...on our Facebook page.