locally grown

Pugs are usually locally grown and harvested during the spring season. 2014 marks the highest crop yield of the decade, with a reported number of 133,870 pugs harvested during the year.

No, I don’t want a Starbucks mug! I need a mug that tells people ‘I’m 100% locally grown’.

white woman, in Boulder, who is a daily regular at the 28th & Pearl Starbucks on the mug her mother wanted to buy for her

submitted by @nannermoose

Villa Lena: A Holiday Retreat for Artists

Villa Lena is a new kind of retreat where guests can find cutting edge contemporary culture in the midst of wild nature tucked in the Tuscan hills, within a context of creative exchange. With this in mind, the grounds of Villa Lena host an artist residency attended by international multi-disciplinary artists who spread endless creative energy so guests are encouraged to enjoy the evolving art around them. 

The Belgian duo from All Items loaded visited this wondrous place, and had a chat with the interior designer Clarisse Demory of Villa Lena, which you can read about here

Be sure to follow Villa Lena’s wonderful instagram account, tumblr and facebook for the latest updates.

Picture by Coke Bartrina

Downeast Cider Original Blend

Original Blend by Downeast Cider House is my favorite local cider here in Boston. Unlike other hard ciders out there, I love how this one is unfiltered and really tastes like fresh cider you’d have while picking apples on the farm. It’s damn good! Summer might be gone but cider season is here, so go grab some!


This post isn’t very relevant to what I typically talk about, but something I feel strongly about is the welfare of the small guys. And after Hurricane Irene, a lot of these people’s livelihoods were entire wiped out.

Dozens of farms from my hometown and surrounding areas were completely destroyed from the flooding, and are still flooded. I know you New Yorkers might not think this pertains to you, but I know you all enjoy your tasty organic produce from the local supermarkets. Well, a lot of those veggies come from my neck of the woods, much of the produce you all find at the Union Square Market comes from the Black Dirt Region. These farmers need your help now. So take your time, visit their website Warwick Farm Aid, and see if there is anything you can do to help out these people and their families.

How the Black Dirt Region typically looks:

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How it looks now:

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And yes, those are all onions floating. Every single harvest was destroyed.