Custom Embroidered Herb Tote Bags Giveaway on Mommy’s Makin’ It

Long Island, NY — On her blog Mommy’s Makin’ It, Jessica is hosting a custom embroidered herb tote bag giveaway sponsored by Crooked Brook. The giveaway includes two, 100% cotton canvas tote bags personalized with two of the winner’s favorite herbs embroidered, one on one side, of each bag. The total value (including shipping) is $50.00.

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About Jessica

Jessica is a loving mother of two girls, Haylee, 3 years old, and Lily, 7 months. She adores her husband Greg, and loves how helpful he is around the house. They make home-cooked meals every day, are always doing arts & crafts, bake all sorts of goodies from breads to cupcakes, and Jessica hopes to master cakepops.

While Jessica keeps very busy as a stay at home mom, she stays even busier as a 3rd year student at Argosy University going for her B.S. in Business Administration with a concentration in Finance. She’s stays very busy, and loves every minute of it.


Royalegacy Hosts a Review and Giveaway of Custom Embroidered 100% Cotton Canvas Tote Bags

Los Angeles, CA — On her blog Royalegacy, Danielle is hosting a giveaway sponsored by Crooked Brook for two personalized tote bags. One winner will receive two, 10″W x 14″H x 5″D, gusseted bottom, 10 oz., 100% cotton canvas tote bags personalized with two of the winner’s favorite herbs embroidered, one on one side, of each bag.

“I don’t like to pay for reusable shopping bags that have me advertise the store’s name on it for free,” said Danielle. “The reusable shopping bags that I like to use are non-store specific and are totally totally washable. What makes a plain tote bag even more better – embroidery!”

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About Danielle

Danielle is a stay at home mom living in Southern California with her wonderful husband of thirty years, and four of their six children. Since 1989, she has home schooled all of her children. Danielle focuses her blog, Royalegacy Reviews and More, on items that would be of interest to families. Her favorite things to do are play games with the family, play the piano, embroider, read, watch classic movies with the family, and bake bread.

Farmers Find Markets With MarketMaker

ROCK ISLAND, Ill. — The National Food MarketMaker Program is a virtual supply chain to help farmers sell their products at a premium price.

“Our goal is to get enough people to sign up so it becomes a community where trade can take place,” explained Darlene Knipe, University of Illinois marketing and business development specialist.

“I’ve been working on this project for 15 years with my husband, Rich Knipe,” said the specialist, who spoke at the Women in Agriculture event. “MarketMaker is an electronic platform to connect farmers with products to markets.”

The project was started in the Quad Cities.

“Our very first partner was Iowa State in 2005, and ever since we’ve been adding states,” Knipe reported. “This has grown well beyond my wildest dreams. I think we had 12 farmers when we launched.”

Now there are 600,000 business profiles in the system, and MarketMaker has expanded to 20 states.

“Some of them are self-registered, and some are information we purchased,” Knipe noted. “Every farmer in our system is self-registered because there are no yellow pages for farmers.”

It is free to register on MarketMaker.

“There is no cost because we think the best way to succeed is to allow enough people in the system to interact with one another as possible,” Knipe explained. “The idea is if we can create enough information that draws the interest of enough people, we can create a busy community that helps people do business and connect.”

The profiles in MarketMaker include farmers, food processors, meat processors, wineries, grocery stores, distributors and more.

“Every state has its own portal, but we all share the same data,” the specialist said. “No matter where you start, you get the same information.”

The registration process should require less than 10 minutes to complete.

“Once you create an account, it goes to our office and we look at it to make sure it is legitimate,” Knipe noted.

All the information in the system is connected, the specialist explained, “so consumers can have high-quality food more affordably and allow farmers to sell at a profit.”

As a result, consumers can find farmers, so farmers don’t have to find them.

MarketMaker identifies choices — things you can do with your product to make it unique and marketable,” Knipe said. “There’s opportunity in making that market pie bigger.”

Consumers can find out about what’s going on in their area. For example, on MarketMaker, consumers can search maps for vegetable processors, people with specialty grains or for products that are in season.

“You also have the ability to search for product by quality assurance, which allows people to search and sort based on certifications,” Knipe said.

“There is a buy-sell forum where you can post a product for sale or you can post if you are looking for a product,” the specialist added.

“We just recently added a seasonal labor portal as a new feature,” she said. “We just rolled this out about a month ago to provide information about the needs and availability of labor for farmers, and this has gotten a lot of interest.”

MarketMaker includes trade alerts.

“If you are interested in a certain type of market opportunity, you can put that in your profile,” Knipe explained. “When that opportunity comes through the system, it is directed to you.”

Another recently released feature is the mobile version of MarketMaker.

“This is our first effort to move into smartphone applications,” the specialist said. “This is the beginning of a lot of opportunities.”

Feeding America has expressed interest in working with MarketMaker.

“I’m very excited about this project,” Knipe stressed. “Their goal is to connect closer to the farmers.”

The project started earlier this year, and it includes a hotline where farmers can send a text message when they have surplus products.

“That message is channeled to the appropriate food bank that will follow up with the farmer,” the specialist said. “We don’t want to see any food go to waste.”

MarketMaker is an ever-evolving system.

“We built a feature for the farmers markets that allows them to show all the farmers at their market,” Knipe said. “That way you can cross promote one another.”

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Handmade Soap Review and Giveaway on Simple Side of Life

Prescott Valley, AZOn her blog Simple Side of Life, Shelly recently reviewed natural handmade soap from The Mohawk Valley Trading Company. In addition, she is holding a giveaway for one lucky winner to receive their own Mohawk Valley Trading Company handmade soaps.

“I have always used body wash, util I got the Handmade Soaps from Mohawk Valley Trading Co,” said Shelly. “It’s wonderful, I don’t feel like it has that odd after used smell (that I think bar soap has) and it makes my skin so soft and I can still smell the wonderful scent on me after rinsing off. I love it!”

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About The Mohawk Valley Trading Company

The Mohawk Valley Trading Company offers the highest quality organic, unprocessed natural products they can produce namely; maple syrup, raw honey, beeswax, beeswax candles, natural skin care products and handmade soap.  In addition, they offer natural stone, tea and spices from around the world.

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Natural Handmade Soap Review and Giveaway by The Kerrminator

Portland, OR — On The Kerrminator’s Blog, Sara recently reviewed natural handmade soap by the Mohawk Valley Trading Company. In addition, she is holding a giveaway for one bar each of goat’s milk lavender, castile, sage, rose, and pine soap.

“I was surprised at how much I liked the rose scent because I don’t typically like floral fragrances and rose tends to be overpowering,” says Sara. “All the soaps left my skin feeling smooth and not dried out like a lot of “beauty bars” and “moisturizing bars.” My favorite was definitely the castile; I love the smell, and the way my skin feels after I use it; soft and smooth.”

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About Sara

Sara is a fine artist, illustrator, graphic designer, digital photographer and internet marketing copywriter located in the Portland, Oregon area.

In addition, she is renowned for her expertise in the art of computerized machine embroidery digitizing. One of her most noted pieces is the Gram Parsons Nudie Suit rendition.

Sara is available for commissioned fine art, logo design, graphic illustration, book illustration, digital product and portrait photography, just to name a few of her specialties.

Mohawk Valley Trading Company to Offer Comb Honey Starting Summer of 2013

Utica, NY — The Mohawk Valley Trading Company would like to announce that starting in the summer of 2013 they will be offering Comb Honey.

Comb honey is honey, intended for consumption, which still contains pieces of the hexagonal-shaped beeswax cells of the honeycomb. Before the invention of the honey extractor almost all honey produced was in the form of comb honey. Nowadays, most honey is produced for extraction but comb honey remains popular among consumers both for eating ‘as is’ and for combining with extracted honey to make Chunk Honey.

“The rawest honey available is comb honey cut from the hive,” said Mary Ross of the Mohawk Valley Trading Company where they specialize in raw honey. “Bottled honey is extracted from the beeswax comb and the comb is able to be used again, because the comb is completely removed to produce comb honey the bees and beekeeper must work harder to produce it.”

About Honey

Honey has been used by humans since ancient times for its health benefits and as a sweetener and flavoring for many foods and beverages with tea being the most popular. Honey bees make honey by collecting nectar from flowers and regurgitating it to store in beeswax honeycombs inside their hive. Beeswax is a natural wax produced in the bee hive of honey bees of the genus Apis and one it’s most popular uses is beeswax candles.

If you are planning to buy honey for its health-benefits, it must be raw honey. Heating honey (pasteurization) destroys the all of the pollen, enzymes, propolis, vitamins, amino acids, antioxidants, minerals, and aromatics. Honey that has been heated and filtered is called commercial, regular or liquid honey.

The flavor and color of honey is determined by the type of flower the bees gather the nectar from. Dark colored honey is considered to be higher in minerals and antioxidants than light colored honey and one of the most well known dark colored honeys is buckwheat honey. Raw buckwheat honey contains a higher amount of minerals and an antioxidant called polyphenol, which gives it its dark color.The benefits of buckwheat honey are many and well known.

Honey is a healthy alternative to refined sugar, however when cooking or baking with honey, it is not necessary to use raw honey since the heat destroys the all of the pollen, enzymes, propolis, vitamins, amino acids, antioxidants, minerals, and aromatics. Since the flavor and color of honey is determined by the type of flower the bees gather the nectar from, it is a good idea to taste the honey before using it in a recipe. For example; a dark honey like buckwheat honey will result in a strong, heavy, a pungent flavor, whereas orange blossom honey will result in a delicate orange flavor.

Organic honey from the United States is a myth because the country is too developed and uses too many agricultural and industrial chemicals to for the production of organic honey. Honey bees are free-roaming, wild creatures and it is impossible guarantee that while foraging they have not come in contact with prohibited substances, like pesticides.

Kosher honey is 100% honey with no additives or dilutions, thus: although not certified, pure, raw honey is kosher.

To get the best price when buying large quantities of honey, look for a company that sells bulk honey which is usually sold in 5 lb., 12 lb. and 60 lb. pails or 650 lb drums.

The Mohawk Valley Trading Company hours of operations are 7:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. EST, seven days a week. Reach them at (315)-519-2640 to learn more.

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