Recipe | Winter Veg TWO Ways✌️

The following is a sponsored post on behalf of Whole Foods Market but all opinions, words, and photos are unbiasedly mine.

OK, Vancouver Island. We need to talk. This whole winter weather thing you have going on isn’t a great look for you. I mean yea the white-topped trees and the beautiful blustery skies are pretty and all but c’mon. It’s March. It’s not like we’re the prairies or the east coast! Out here on the west coast we usually see bright pops of pink and yellow from the cherry blossoms and daffodils yet you have Nanaimo covered in snow. SNOW!!

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Vote | We ♥ Local Awards!

Happy Friday, Local Lovelies! Who’s excited it’s Friday? We sure are. ESPECIALLY since rain is in the forecast (hey – we’re dry as a raisin over here, we could use some hydration). You know what else we’re excited for? The We ♥ Local Awards!

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Qualicum Beach Farmers’ Market

If we had a nickel for every time we said we love keepin’ it local, we’d owe ourselves… a lot of nickels tbh. The We ♥ Local Awards are just as you’d imagine them: awards for anyone and everyone who helps support the local economy. The best part, aside from celebrating the farmers, artisans, and advocates of our community, is that the We ♥ Local Awards are completely nominated and voted for by you! Continue reading

Explore | Craig Street Market $20 Challenge!

Hello everyone! A couple of weeks ago we went to the Craig Street Market (one of our favs!) in Parksville with our friend Laura. We set out a challenge to see what each of us could buy for $20.00 at this summertime night market. Full disclosure: it’s pretty much all food (but that don’t make it any less exciting)!

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We parked on Memorial Ave and made our way to the lively market. As luck would have it, Sean’s favourite band, Kumbana Marimba, was playing some of their infectious Marimba tunes! Continue reading

Guest Contributor | Fall in love with (or at!) #MeetMyMarket month this July!

Hey guys! We are SO very excited to have the BC Association of Farmers’ Market (BCAFM) as guest contributors on Local Loves Nanaimo today!  It is no secret that we love farmers’ markets so when BCAFM contacted us about #MeetMyMarket, having them as guest contributors was a no brainer. Read on to find out more from the BCAFM about #MeetMyMarket month!

image courtesy of BC Farmers' Market Association/The Social Agency

image courtesy of BC Farmers’ Market Association/The Social Agency

Here’s your recipe for a perfectly quirky (or delightfully decadent) date at your local farmers’ market.

Planning the perfect date can be a little (okay, very) intimidating: after all, you have to make sure you pick an affordable, local activity: a place with built-in fun that makes it easy to talk and get to know each other…and, oh yeah, make sure a mini-adventure is also on offer. It’s a tall order.

Parksville Museum Farmers Market

Parksville Museum Farmers Market

Problem solved: July 2015 is #MeetMyMarket month, and there’s no better place than your friendly local farmers’ market to tell your sweetie that your heart (ahem) ‘beets’ faster around them. With the chance to win a three night getaway for two (+ wine touring) at the Okanagan’s Sparkling Hill resort, it’s easier than ever to fall in love with (and at!) your local market.

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Explore | Favourite Fall Things

Can you fracking believe it? IT’S OCTOBER.

Like, wasn’t it just August 6 days ago?! Time is moving much too fast for me. Although, I’m not too mad about it because October means my favourite time of year – fall (aka, sweater weather). And not like September Fall where you think it’s fall so you get excited and wear your favourite tall boots, coziest sweater, slouchiest touque with piping hot London Fog in hand but then by 1pm you’re sweating your face off and have to find a deep freezer to cool down in… Uhh. Sorry. I got lost in thought there. I mean fall as in crisp autumn air, colourful leaves crunching beneath my boots, and, yes, even pumpkin spiced lattes (not my go to, but Sarah’s fave fall drink – miss you Sarah!!).

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