#fromHere “Grown or made locally, or from a locally-owned company." I'm totally jumping on the #BuyLocal bandwagon here. I know first-hand how important it is for the Ontario economy when Ontario consumers choose to drink #VQA wine over an import. You can read for yourself the details of the economic impact to the province of Ontario, but suffice it to say here that there are significant financial reasons to #shoplocal. There are environmental reasons too. Wine shipped from around the world has a much larger carbon footprint than those wines grown and raised just down the road.
These examples from the wine industry are echoed in just about everything else that is grown, made or provided locally. When it comes to Holiday shopping, buy from your local shops. In Niagara, we have lots of delightful little places like #Fonthill, #Ridgeville, @Jordan_Village and #NiagaraontheLake. Or shop the downtowns of #StCatharines, #Welland and #NiagaraFalls. The people who own these shops are your friends and your neighbours. They spend their profits, in turn, in your community.
Give gift certificates from local restaurants. Buy books by local authors and buy them in local bookstores. Buy CDs from local performing artists. Give tickets to local fundraisers such as #Cuvee, or passes to local events like the ones offered by the @niagarawine, @twentyvalleytourism, @coolchardonnay and @grazethebench. Give gift certificates to local B&Bs, inns and hotels. Book a @sentinealcarriagesinc ride through Niagara-on-the-Lake - now that's a romantic gift!
#5hgiving Your mnemonic for #GivingfromtheHeart. The other H’s are #Homemade, #Handmade, #Healthy and #Helpful.