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Thursday, January 21, 2010

Just a little bit about 100 miles...

As you may have figured out both Susan & I were pretty inspired by the 100 mile diet. The idea for 100 mile finds was already percolating in our heads when we were lucky enough to see Alisha Smith and James MacKinnon speak at Hart House in Toronto last year. They were young, really young, fun, informative and in no way preachy! The not preachy part was amazing, it’s really hard to believe in something, feel passionate about it AND not have everyone you know not feel like you are ramming it down their throats!

We wanted to take the idea of the diet and expand on it. As we may have mentioned before, there is amazing talent right here in our own backyard, why not buy from our neighbours? Our question has never been why buy local; it has always been why not? Never mind all the good reasons for buying local, it’s not like there is any kind of compromise involved. The local talent is fantastic, world class, we really believe that if people aren’t buying local, it’s just because they don’t know what is available and how close by it is. See what I mean about the ‘preachy’ part, it’s a fine line.

One year later, is up and running.

Why 100 miles you ask? I think the people at 100mile diet said it best. “It’s an easy way to start thinking local. A 100-mile radius is large enough to reach beyond a big city and small enough to feel truly local. And it rolls off the tongue more easily than the ‘160-Kilometre Diet.’” It’s as simple as that.

Check this out! Go to, click on Pledge, sign up if you want, but for now, humour me and click on ‘Find your 100 miles’. You can type in your postal code or you city depending on how specific you want to be.

Here is Toronto’s 100 mile radius

Weird, Kingston’s out but London is almost in! Who knew Orillia was closer than Kingston? well not me! I could be considered directionally challenged although I haven’t been officially diagnosed!!

Have a great day in your neighbourhood!

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