New this year:  The Shift Your Shopping Spree!  One lucky winner will receive $500 in gift certificates from their choice of Monadnock Buy Local member businesses.  To enter, submit your receipts for purchases made at locally owned businesses from November 1, 2014 – December 31, 2014 with your name, phone number and email address to the address below. You will receive one entry for each receipt mailed to Monadnock Buy Local and postmarked before January 1, 2015. A winner will be drawn at random on Monday, January 10, 2015.

Shift-Your-Shopping-Spree-PosterThis contest is part of the Shift Your Shopping annual campaign sponsored by Monadnock Buy Local which encourages residents to shop at locally owned businesses during the holidays to grow our local economy and strengthen our community. Need ideas for how to Shift Your Shopping?  Check out Monadnock Buy Local’s Online Member Directory.

Now available from Kimberly Peck Photography:

2015 Farm. Food. Life. Wall Calendar

* 12 Featured New England Farms * Includes January 2016 *

11 x 17 inch (when open) 2015 Wall Calendar.
8.5 x 11 folded.
Full Color + Black and White Photographs.
Each calendar is shrink-wrapped for protection.
Printed on fabulous recycled paper + printed in Maine!

Shop Local * Shop Handmade * Shop Happy

As a continuation of her on-going Farm. Food. Life. series, and her first book (Farm. Food. Life: Photographs + Recipes Inspired by Local Farms, published 2013), her new 2015 Farm wall calendar features 12 New England farms with color and black + white photographs. A visual monthly chronicle of New Hampshire farms, her focus, as always, is on the hard work that farmers undertake to produce the vegetables, dairy products, eggs and meat that we eat every day.

The Calendar will be available at these places:
Via phone or email orders: 924.6556 or kpeckphoto@comcast.net
My Etsy Shop (with FREE shipping until December 1) (click to purchase + more photos!)
Toadstool Bookshop : Peterborough NH

Local Craft Fairs:
Monadnock Waldorf School Fair, Keene NH : November 14 + 15
Broke Affordable Arts Fair, Peterborough NH : November 22
Monadnock Food Co-op, Plaid Friday Photobooth, Keene NH : November 28
Living Local Art Fair, Peterborough NH : November 29
Antioch Winterfest, Keene NH : December 11

Kimberly Peck, photographer
Portfolio: kimberlypeckphotography.com
Facebook: facebook.com/kimberlypeckphotography

Originally posted on The Keene Transition Movement's Community Website and Blog:

MTXiconLast month, quietly and without fanfare, the Monadnock Time Exchange or MTX “unleashed” a new form of currency in our community: the currency of time. And now, as its tagline states, MTX members are sharing our talents to improve our lives – one hour at a time.

So far, MTX members have exchanged time or “hours” for:

  • sumptuous, healthy home-cooked meals delivered to home or work
  • transportation to train stations, airports and adventure parks
  • yard and garden work
  • pet sitting
  • massage
  • editing
  • carpentry
  • window quilts
  • Reiki sessions and classes
  • recycling runs
  • childcare, etc.

And it’s only just getting started!

What is a time exchange and how does it work? It all comes down to, what you need and what you have to offer. A time exchange (or time bank) helps you match your needs with others’ talents, and your talents with others’ needs… and does this in a simple and fun…

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Congratulations to Monadnock Buy Local Member, Steadman Media Group. They took on a large project this year with New Hampshire Made and successfully launched this new website: www.nhmade.com


NH MADE is excited to announce the official launch of its new website devoted to enhance the user’s ability to locate and purchase New Hampshire Made products and services. Consumer demand for local products continues to grow and NH MADE is your one-stop access to all things New Hampshire; whether you’re seeking locally made products in your neighborhood or unique holiday gifts with a local flair.

Features include:
– Easy to find NH MADE member profiles with links and interactive map
– Direct access to NH-based businesses who provide corporate gifts, fundraising ideas, and wedding favors all with a local flair!
– Consumer-focused, user-friendly online store
– Strong integrations with all social media platforms

The new website offers simplified navigation and search tools allowing visitors, members and buyers a quick overview and the ability to immediately find what they are looking for.

Trish Ballantyne, NH MADE’s Executive Director says “The NH MADE brand represents 800 small business members state-wide who offer a diverse assortment of authentic locally-made products and services. Our new website is all about making these inspiring people and their offerings accessible to all who understand that buying local is best for the economy.”

The concept and design were developed in cooperation with a New Hampshire web strategist and new media business, Steadman Media Group, founded and operated by Mikel Steadman of Troy.

Says Steadman, “The objective was to design, develop, and realize an innovative, much improved e-commerce store and membership center with greater content and functionality, all while placing a focus on enhancing the user experience.”

For more than 17 years, NH MADE has served as the official statewide non-profit member organization created to help strengthen New Hampshire’s economy by increasing the awareness of and demand for New Hampshire-made products and services. To learn more about NH MADE and its members visit, www.nhmade.com or call 603-679-9800.

The Power of Plaid

Originally posted in the Monadnock Shopper News

On Plaid Friday, November 28, hundreds of Monadnock Region community members and business owners will wear their plaid like a badge (whether shirt, pants, skirt, scarf, socks, hat or entire outfit from head to toe) — proudly displaying their commitment to shifting more of their holiday spending from big box chain stores to locally owned businesses.1425626_440593572719185_1983016412_nThere’s a certain power that comes with wearing plaid on Plaid Friday.  Plaid, a fabric with individual colors woven together into a larger pattern, becomes a symbol of us — the diverse locally owned businesses, nonprofits and citizens that together form the unique tapestry of a strong local economy.  The plaid serves as a reminder that we’re not merely consumers in our economy, but also producers — creating a stronger local economy together through the purchases we make.

“We can create jobs and build our economy, locally and nationally, by investing in our communities through small businesses, healthy farms and community banks,” said Michelle Long, Executive Director of the Business Alliance for Local Living Economies. “When you spend money locally during the holidays, you are investing in the economic well-being of your community, your neighbors and your family.”

AthenianaireMany studies highlight the positive impacts of supporting locally owned businesses — from job creation to increased charitable giving — but there are also the intangible benefits of supporting your favorite independent businesses.  “I love visiting my favorite shops and people,” shared Rebecca Podniesinski, a Plaid Friday participant.  “Knowing who you are buying from is really a gift in itself. It’s a personal experience, as it should be. Keene shop owners know me and my family — and that is priceless.”

Plaid Friday started in Oakland, CA as an antidote to the consumer shopping frenzy known as Black Friday. In the Monadnock Region, a number of independent business owners will serve as Plaid Friday Hubs, answering questions about the event while taking photos of shoppers decked out in plaid.   Each locally owned business celebrates Plaid Friday differently, but they share the same mission: to encourage more of us to buy local.  Stay tuned for more details at http://www.monadnocklocal.com/plaidfriday.

“More than ever, people recognize economic recovery will be built from the grassroots up and we all have a role to play with each purchase we make,” stated Jeff Milchen, Co-Founder of the American Independent Business Alliance. “By going local, we’re helping our communities as well as treating ourselves and the people we give gifts to a more personal and high-quality experience.”

While we thank all the locally owned businesses owners who support Plaid Friday each year, we want to give a special shout-out to this year’s Plaid Friday sponsors: Korvin Appliance, Hannah Grimes Marketplace, Monadnock Small Business Journal, Black Squirrel Studio, Country Life Restaurant, Monadnock Food Co-op, MB Massage Studio, Gemini Screenprint, Keene Sentinel, Mia Capelli Salon, W.S. Badger and Ted’s Shoe & Sport.  With their extra support, we’ll be able to spread the word about the power of Plaid Friday to more and more people.

Please join us on November 28th in using the power of plaid to galvanize us all to shift our shopping habits this holiday season and make our spending work for our local economy.


The Toadstool Bookshops invites you to a new tradition:


Heard enough about Cyber Monday? – that Monday after Thanksgiving when everyone is said to start their online Christmas shopping and the news is filled with reports of how many billions were spent at websites, and no doubt, resulting in another giant jump in sales. Well enough of that!

“Shift Your Shopping” and join the Toadstool Bookshops for Cider Monday! Cider… made from squished micro soft apple products. Delicious! Stop in for a free cup, maybe a snack, see some real people and have a good time checking out what’s in our stores. It’s sure to be a heartwarming experience.  We can promise no crashing websites, our “servers” won’t be overloaded and we bet they will even smile at you!


– Antiques at the Colony Mill
– Belle Femme Boutique
– Cheshire Goldsmith
– Clay’s
– Creative Encounters
– Hannah Grimes Marketplace
– Monadnock Food Co-op
– MJD & Company Hair Design
– Ted’s Shoe and Sports
– The Toadstool Bookshops
– Your Kitchen Store

Cider Monday – soon to overshadow Cyber Monday as THE shopping event of the year. You read it here. If you have a store we hope you too will celebrate Cider Monday. If not, do stop in, and thanks for shopping locally.

Transition Keene Advocate recently compiled a page highlighting the Sharing Economy in Keene, NH

Their summary: A sharing economy is an economy of access to rather than ownership of physical and human resources.

The Sharing Economy uses tools like Crowdfunding, Time Banks/Time Exchanges and Makerspaces.

View Keene’s Sharing Economy Page and, in the spirit of sharing, please pass it on to others!



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