Something’s New at the Cowichan Green Community Store!

WellIMG_6521, the first thing you will notice is our name change to The Garden Pantry Store, then the next thing you will notice is that we have some great new products to go with the new look and feel of the store. So what is this all about?

It’s about supporting our local island artisans and producers in a way that lets them concentrate on what they do best… making beautiful work and producing delicious food products, and creating a venue for them to sell those products within a brick and mortar setting. We call these spaces and places “Showcases!”, and we focus on vendors who fit into our Garden and Pantry theme and direction.

Our vendors in the Showcases receive 100% of their sales. No commissions, no fees, and no minimums. We charge a nominal space rental fee and that fee goes directly to the Cowichan Green Community. With that rental fee our vendors also receive all the merchandising, marketing, and inventory control they need for increasing their sales, where they don’t have to be personally present. And although we have only been offering our Showcases since October 1, 2015, our vendors are doing well and each week is better than the last!

We would really like to invite you down to see how this all works and to enjoy the fruits of these talented artisans, producers, and labours… it really is worth the trip!

There are incredibly good for you Rawkolates, handmade raw vegan dark cacao bars that are beyond delicious, great risotto dishes made by Rockin’ Risotto in 3 delicious combinations that you can make up in 20 minutes, and Nani’s Secret Sauces and Chutneys that are the perfect compliment to just about any dish (and yes, the recipes really are secret!). Kin Park Preserves, produce grown on our own urban farm and then preserved in our commercial kitchen. Yum! The best and most thoughtfully designed market bags, in the most stunning and fun fabrics, we have seen in a long time by Elizabeth Evans Designs. Beautifully handmade kitchen accessories, including tea caddies and assorted salt boxes, by Jamie at l’atelier Orion. For the holiday table, we have amazing dried flower arrangements and wreaths by Christine Pollard (Crack Pot Florals) created from flowers and foliage from her own land. When you need some soothing to get you through the holiday stresses, or to help your aches and groans, we also have HedgeWych Wylds handcrafted, traditional West Coast healing oils, creams, and salves.

We are located at 360 Duncan Street, Duncan (look for the lights on our pergola and buildings), right next door to The Duncan Garage. Our store hours are: Tuesday to Friday 10am to 4:30pm and Saturdays 10am to 5pm. In December, we are open three Sundays, Dec. 6, 13 and the 20th from 10am-4pm.

If you, or someone you know, would like more information on our Showcase program, please email leslie@cowichangreencommunity.org

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