Who we are
Our family has lived near the Crowe River in Trent Hills for the last fourteen years. My partner Andrew is a teacher and I run a seasonal garden design and maintenance service. We are also active in the local arts community -- with our teenage sons Ivan and Lewis, we moonlight as the family folk band, "Andrew Queen and the Campfire Crew," and perform at libraries, festivals and community events.
About ten years ago, we were reading the "Little House on the Prairie" series with our boys and were 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.
We were determined to do better, both for the health of the planet and our family. We 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 our hope that the Homegrown Hamper will not only help our 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.
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 Church-key Brewing in Campbellford on the scheduled Hamper Day (always a Thursday) between 5 and 7 p.m. Home delivery within 25 km of Campbellford is available for an extra fee of $7. FREE for seniors and anyone who is vulnerable.
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.