Food for Thought: Good and Cheap, Leanne Brown

Such a cool project (by a Canadian)! A PDF cookbook of seasonal, flexible recipes designed for food-insecure people. It’s also available on Kindle or paperback on Amazon, and every copy bought includes one copy given to a family or person in need. I’d love to see this distributed at my local Food Bank. Going to muse a bit about what I can do to make that happen…

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Foundland Fridays: Soap Utopia

This recommendation is close to my heart because I love Canadian-made, and I also love natural beauty products. Soap Utopia makes gorgeous, natural soaps in Oakville, Ontario. I love the Baby Me unscented baby soap for the boys, and Steven and I use the Muskoka Boathouse and Oakmoss scents because they’re nice and unisex (well, they’re unisex if you’re me and you’re not into ultra-feminine, floral scents). I also love the lip-balms, they work better for me than anything I’ve bought at a drugstore (including Burt’s Bees) and have lovely scents. Lily treats her customers well and I won’t buy any other soaps for our family. Four-bar bundles for $22.60 with flat-rate shipping.

Foundland Fridays: Salt Spring Seeds

photo by Mike Thomas on flickr.

Further to yesterday’s post, I do find the monocultures and proprietary seeds of big agriculture kind of troubling, which is why when I buy seeds for my garden, I like to buy ’em from Salt Spring Seeds. Open-pollinated in British Columbia, with beautiful heritage varieties, and you can save the seeds from your plants to grow again next year.

(I’ve never bought from them, but Annapolis Seeds in Nova Scotia is another source of Canadian open-pollinated seeds.