June 27, 2008

operation CSA a success!

Yesterday was the first day of our 15-week CSA and, if I do say so myself, it went off fabulously! The produce was yummy (Jennie, Meredith and I couldn't help ourselves from tasting everything...especially those strawberries!), the people were excited, and the pickup process was smooth. We couldn't have asked for anything better! And now that we've got the process figure out, we can't wait to see all you CSA'ers every Thursday! (Hehe, look at how excited Jennie is for her produce!)

In other news, the 2008 Reader's Choice Awards were announced this morning and we received an Honorable Mention for Salem's Favorite Children's Clothing Store, as well as an Honorable Mention for Salem's Favorite Toy Store. Thanks so much for all of you who voted for CGB! We'd also like to extend a few other congratulations to a few of our other fabulous friends who also won:
  • Hip Baby Gear: Honorable Mention for Marblehead's Favorite Children's Clothing Store
  • Chulamama: Bronze for Regional Favorite Children's Clothing Store
  • Cornerstone Books: #1 Choice for Salem's Favorite Bookstore
  • Pamplemousse: #1 Choice for Salem's Favorite Gift Shop and Honorable Mention for Salem's Favorite Toy Store and Honorable Mention for Salem's Favorite Home Decorating Store
  • Modern Millie: Gold for Regional Favorite Consignment Store and #1 Choice for Salem's Favorite Antique/Vintage Store
  • ...and SO SO SO many more. I didn't even get to the restaurants yet! So check out today's issue of The Salem Gazette to see who else won your adoration.
And if you're really bored, check out my new monthly "Green Scene" column for The Salem Gazette here. This issue? "Cleaning House The Natural Way."

June 24, 2008

birth circle: tomorrow

Guess what tomorrow is?! Well, besides Wednesday. The day cgb hosts the Birth Circle!

So if you’re a mom-to-be who plans on birthing with a midwife, come join our birth circle and discuss diverse birth stories with inspirational women.

The Birth Circle is hosted by Massachusetts Friends of Midwives (MFOM), and held at Crunchy Granola Baby tomorrow at 6:30 pm.

June 21, 2008

a solstice celebration at pamplemousse...TONIGHT!

Celebrate the longest day of the year with a wine and beer tasting at Pamplemousse! Tonight from 4 to 6, enjoy yummy adult beverages along with locally made cheeses, strawberries and creme fraiche...supplied, of course, by our good friends at In Season.

a barrel of monkeys

Beantown Troop sock monkeys are here!

Not sure which monkey is right for you? Visit creator Jan Willet's site and read each member of the troops personal biography. For example, maybe you would like Eugene the handymonkey or Pascal the portrai painter?

June 17, 2008

welcome to the east coast

Well Well Well. It's me (Amy) and I'm back from my road trip out west! Loved the mountains and the lakes and the hiking and everything else. But I'm glad to be back in Salem, hanging out at CGB.

And I'm especially glad to be back because we have a ton of cool stuff happening!

First things first though. Have you all seen the gorgeous photos of Tommie? If not, check out a few here. And PS: Tabitha Sherrell will be hanging her work at CGB in a few months. Yay!

Moving on. Summer is here! And what does that mean? Extended CGB hours! Come visit us:

Mondays 10-6
Tuesdays 11-6
Wednesdays 10-6
Thursdays 11-7
Fridays 9-8 (whoaaaaa!)
Saturdays: 10-6
Sundays: 12-6

And as for all our events...Next Wednesday (June 25) we're hosting a Birth Circle, an opportunity for like-minded moms (and especially moms-to-be) who are interested in sharing support, information and personal experiences about their birth. Wanna join? RSVP at CGB.

And that following Friday, our parenting group will host a guest speaker: Erin Cyr. An herbalist and Holistic Practitioner at Whole Soul Healing will be talking to us about herbal first aid kits for babies and toddlers. Also, Erin will talk to us about how and where to buy herbs, what herbs grow well in Massachusetts, and how to keep your children healthy in the most natural way possible.

And then we have more! On Saturday (June 28), we're hosting a Cloth Diapering Demo! Joanne Sarkar of Zannadu Cloth Diapering Solutions will be here to teach us more than we ever wanted to know about cloth diapers. Joanne specializes in cloth diapering and will be here to show how easy (and adorable) it can be, and to answer any questions. She will also have many styles, colors and designs of diapers for your purchasing pleasure! And while this event is free, we do ask for you to RSVP beforehand.

Guess I came back just in time. =)

(PS: The photo above is from Yellowstone Nat'l Park. Just so you know.)