Archive for ‘Shop Local’

November 21, 2012

#FoodThanks for Thanksgiving

Reblogged from The Field Position

Our nation’s Thanksgiving holiday presents a prime opportunity to help remind people to “thank a farmer” for the food on their table. Many Americans this month are using their personal Facebook pages and Twitter feeds to say what they’re thankful for this season.

“Farmers represent less than 2 percent of the population,” says Darin Grimm, president of the AgChat Foundation, a 100 percent volunteer organization that aims to empower farmers and ranchers to “agvocate” via social media platforms. “#FoodThanks helps us engage with the other 98% who are not directly involved in agriculture. It’s also an opportunity for us to thank the many people involved in getting food from our farms to tables across America.”

Members of the ag and food communities are encouraged to tweet, post and blog about #foodthanks, especially on November 22 as Thanksgiving becomes top of mind for much of the country.

You can become part of the #foodthanks campaign. Last year, more than 800 people participated in the campaign by blogging, adding the #foodthanks twibbon to their avatar photo and sharing more than 2,000 Twitter posts.

November 15, 2012

What Will You Do This Christmas?

(David Evans, 11-2011)

As the holidays approach, the giant Asian factories are kicking into high gear to provide Americans with monstrous piles of cheaply produced goods; merchandise that has been produced at the expense of American labor. This year will be different. This year Americans will give the gift of genuine concern for other Americans. There is no longer an excuse that, at gift giving time, nothing can be found that is produced by American hands. It’s time to think outside the box…

Everyone gets their hair cut. How about gift certificates from your local hair salon or barber?

What about a Gym membership? It’s appropriate for all ages who are thinking about some health improvement.

Who wouldn’t appreciate getting their car detailed? Small, American owned detail shops and car washes would love to sell you a gift certificate or a book of gift certificates.

Are you one of those extravagant givers who think nothing of plunking downShop smarl. Shop local. big money on a Chinese made flat-screen? Perhaps that grateful gift receiver would like his driveway sealed, or lawn mowed for the summer, or driveway plowed all winter, or games at the local golf course instead.

There are a bazillion owner-run restaurants, all offering gift certificates. And, if your intended isn’t the fancy eatery sort, what about a half dozen breakfasts at the local breakfast joint?

Remember, this isn’t about big national chains, this is about supporting your home town Americans with their financial lives on the line to keep their doors open.

How many people couldn’t use an oil change for their car, truck or motorcycle, done at a shop run by the American working guy?

Thinking about a heartfelt gift for mom? Mom would LOVE the services of a local cleaning lady for a day.

My computer could use a tune-up, and I KNOW I can find some young guy who is struggling to get his repair business up and running.

Looking for something more personal? Local crafts people spin their own wool and knit them into scarves. They make jewelry, and pottery and beautiful wooden boxes.

You see, Christmas is no longer about draining American pockets so that China can build another glittering city. Christmas is now about caring about us, encouraging American small businesses to keep plugging away to follow their dreams. And, when we care about other Americans, we care about our communities, and the benefits come back to us in ways we couldn’t imagine. THIS is the new American Christmas . Spread the Christmas cheer in your own community!…..

Visit www.madeinusa.org to find where you can buy merchandise that is made in the USA, and please remember to shop local whenever you can. Visit the 3/50 project.net for more information on how your dollar is split when you shop local as opposed to online and the impact it has on your community.

Toys for Tots

The mission of the U. S. Marine Corps Reserve Toys for Tots Program is to collect new, unwrapped toys during October, November and December each year, and distribute those toys as Christmas gifts to less fortunate children in the community in which the campaign is conducted.

Baums is pleased to be an official Toys For Tots drop off site! Please help us help the less fortunate children in our community have a great Christmas this year! Donation boxes are being picked up early this year. (December 12th) so be sure and get them in early!
Thanks for your support of this wonderful program!

   As always, we at Baums are very thankful for your business! We wouldn’t be here without you!  

Have a safe, healthy, and happy holiday season from all of us to all of you!

June 7, 2012

SafSlim and Baum’s Brand Supplements

Have You Tried the Belly Fat Buster Seen on Dr. Oz?

Saf Slim is backed by science!

In a 16-week, double-blind controlled study conducted at Ohio State University, researchers compared Safflower Oil (SAF) and conjugated linoleic acids (CLA) with 55 overweight, diabetic and post-menopausal women. The findings showed: CLA participants lost more total adipose, however SAF outperformed CLA in measurements of trunk adipose (belly fat). Adiponectin, the hormone that increases metabolism by telling the brain it is not hungry, increased by 20 percent and SAF significantly decreased fasting glucose. These results were obtained with no exercise or diet!

Before you rush out and buy Safflower oil at the grocery store, check your labels! You probably won’t find a high-linoleic safflower oil in the grocery store. The safflower oil commonly found in the grocery store is an oleic oil, a non-essential fatty acid generally used for cooking. It has a higher smoke point for cooking purposes. The safflower oil high in linoleic acid is not designed for cooking because it has a low smoke point.

Saf Slim contains the high-linoleic, essential fatty acid, safflower oil used in all of the studies.  It’s also important to remember that safflower oil is an Omega 6. It’s very important to balance out your 6’s with Omega 3!
(read last week’s blog post about balancing your omega 3’s and 6’s here!)

How Does Baums Private Line of Supplements Measure Up to Other Brands?

Thanks to the great response and feedback we’ve had with our private label products, we have decided to further expand our line!  Baum’s Brand supplements are manufactured by Reliance, a company that also manufactures for many of the big companies we already have on our shelves!

Our supplements are made with the world’s most trusted ingredients, are GMP Certified (Good Manufacturing Practices) and are FDA Laboratory Tested for quality and purity. You can be certain that when you pick up a bottle of vitamins with the Baum’s label, they are the highest quality supplements available for great results.  And since we’ve cut out the middle-man, they’re cheaper too!

Look for:  Multivitamins, CoQ10, Red Yeast Rice, Melatonin, Vitamin D3, Carb Blockers, L-Carnitine, Niacin, Biotin, Potassium and More!

*These statements have not been evaluated by the food and drug administration. These products are not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease.

October 27, 2011

Why Do We All Need To Shop Local?

Shop smarl. Shop local.Why Do We All Need To Shop Local?…

1.  You will keep dollars in our local economy. For every $100 you spend at one of our local businesses, $68 will stay in the community. Shop online and $0.00 stays in the community. Online shopping may save a couple bucks but it can do big damage to the local economy.

2. You create local jobs. Local businesses are better at creating higher-paying jobs for our neighbors.

3. You help the environment. Buying from a local business conserves energy and resources in the form of less fuel for transportation, less packaging, and products that you know are safe, because we stand behind them.

4. You nurture community. We know you, and you know us. Studies have shown that local businesses donate to community causes at more than twice the rate of chains. Chains tend to support national organizations.

5. You conserve your tax dollars. Shopping in a local business district means less infrastructure, less maintenance, and more money available to beautify our community. Also, spending locally instead of online ensures that your sales taxes are reinvested where they belong – right here in our community.

6. You create more choice. Merchants pick the items they sell based on what they know you’ll like and want. Local businesses carry a wider array of unique products because they buy for their own individual market.

7. You take advantage of our expertise. You are our neighbors and friends, and we have a vested interest in knowing how to serve you. We’re passionate about what we do. Why not take advantage of it?

8. You invest in entrepreneurship. Creativity and entrepreneurship are what the American economy is founded upon. Nurturing local business ensures a strong community.

9. You made us a destination. The more interesting and unique we are as a community, the more we will attract new neighbors, visitors, and guests. This benefits everyone!

10. You embrace what makes us unique. You wouldn’t want your house to look like everyone else’s in the U.S., so why would you want your community to look that way?

Baums is a proud member of the 3/50 project. Visit their website, the350project.net, and find other useful information about shopping locally and the huge impact it has on where we live! We’re all in this together so help spread the word!