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Originally published in the Monadnock Shopper News (MBL Media Sponsor)

Mayor Kendall Lane proclaims July 1 – 7 Independents Week for the City of Keene.  What does that mean to you? As you celebrate America’s independence, take time to recognize and celebrate the independent and locally owned businesses throughout our region.  Recognize their spirit of entrepreneurism, individuality, uniqueness, and character, the ways they give back to community with their time, talent, goods and services and how their offerings fulfill our community’s needs.

Let’s also celebrate the independence of all of us: our ability to think and act independently and embrace our part in shaping the future of the Monadnock Region.  “Changing the way our economy operates starts with a single person,” states Michelle Long from the Business Alliance for Local Living Economies.  “It starts with you.”

Here’s one way to celebrate and flex your independence: Take the Indie Challenge! From July 1-7, try fulfilling all of your needs at locally owned and independent businesses.  Sign on to the Indie Challenge at monadnocklocal.org/indie-challenge.  Be sure to keep us posted on how it’s going – email us at monadnockbuylocal@gmail.com.  If you get stumped, use our 1,919 Facebook Fans (and your friends and neighbors) to help you brainstorm possibilities at Facebook.com/MonadnockBuyLocal.

While you’re waiting for this year’s Monadnock Buy Local Guide, use our online Buy Local Directory to succeed in the Indie Challenge. Search by business type, town or keywords to sort through close to 200 independent enterprises at monadnockbuylocal.wildapricot.org/Directory.

Some great events and offerings are also happening during Independents Week.  Kids, ages 6-12, can create their own handmade storybooks or learn cartooning at Summer Art Camp at the Peterborough Art Academy, July 1 – 5.  See the entire Summer Art Camp schedule at peterboroughartacademy.com.

An event for all ages is the twelfth annual 4 on the 4th Road Race in Keene on July 4th. Walk or run your way to the finish line while supporting a great non-profit, Pathways for Keene.  Register at http://www.tlaorg.org/pathways.

On July 7, Walpole Valley Farms will host a farm tour. Meet farmers Chris & Caitlin Caserta and their animals, and discover how this amazing pasture-based farm works. Enjoy a free bowl of Walpole Creamery ice cream at the end of tour.  Learn more at http://www.walpolevalleyfarms.com/events.

Another way to be an “Indie” and support your favorite independent businesses year-round is to become a citizen member of Monadnock Buy Local.  For $25, you’ll help us meet our mission and receive an “I Support Monadnock Buy Local” sticker to display proudly.  Become a Citizen Member at http://monadnocklocal.org/join-us or mail your check to MBL, 25 Roxbury Street – Suite B, Keene NH 03431.

“Independents Week is a time to reflect on the importance of economic democracy and community self-determination by celebrating the nation’s locally owned independent businesses and the stake each citizen has in shaping their hometown’s future,” said Jennifer Rockne, from the American Independent Business Alliance (AMIBA).

Let’s celebrate our independence and independents together!

Monadnock Buy Local is a proud member of AMIBA, the organization behind Independents Week.  AMIBA is part of a growing national movement of communities rallying to support their independent businesses, take control of their local economies, and reverse the trend of chains and big boxes displacing locally-owned businesses: http://www.amiba.net.

Monadnock Buy Local is a network of locally-owned and independent businesses and organizations working together to encourage more people to “think local first” to help our communities & local economy grow: www.monadnocklocal.org.

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Originally published in the Monadnock Shopper News (MBL Media Sponsor)

Before you head out to purchase food to grill, flags to hang and cold ones to crack open for your Fourth of July celebrations, take a moment to consider that July 1 – 7 is also Independents Week.  That’s right, it’s IndepenDENTS Week!

What’s Independents Week?  “It’s a time to reflect on the importance of economic democracy and community self-determination by celebrating the nation’s locally-owned, independent businesses and the stake each citizen has in shaping their hometown’s future,” says Jennifer Rockne, Director of the American Independent Business Alliance (AMIBA).

Let’s celebrate our local independent businesses and how they give back to our community: their spirit of entrepreneurism, individuality, uniqueness, and character, the ways they give back to community with their time, talent, goods and services and how their offerings fulfill our community’s needs.  Let’s also recognize the independence of all of us: our ability to think and act independently and embrace our part in shaping the future of the Monadnock Region.

Here’s one way to celebrate Independents Week and jump right into shaping our community’s future: Take the Indie Challenge! From July 1-7, try fulfilling all of your needs at locally-owned independent businesses.  Sign on to the Indie Challenge today.  Be sure to keep us posted on how it’s going – email us at monadnockbuylocal@gmail.com.  If you get stumped, be sure to use our 1,443 Facebook Fans to help you brainstorm ideas. {As of today, 40 Monadnock Region citizens have joined the Indie Challenge!}

Which locally-owned businesses near you have what you need to stock your July 4th gatherings?  To get you started, here are some ideas from Monadnock Buy Local Members:

Purchase locally-grown meat to grill at the Hannah Grimes Marketplace, Walpole Valley Farms (their Farm Store is open on Wednesdays & Saturdays) & Mayfair Farm (find them at the Farmers’ Market of Keene on Tuesdays & Saturdays).   Pick up growlers of locally-brewed beer from Elm City Brewery.  Need American flagsEdmunds Hardware has flags and much more.

Some great events and offerings are also happening during Independents Week.  On July 4, the eleventh annual 4 on the 4th Road Race takes place in Keene. Walk or run your way to the finish line and know that you’re also supporting a great non-profit, Pathways for Keene.  Register at http://www.tlaorg.org/pathways.

On July 7, Walpole Valley Farms will host a Farm Tour. Meet farmers Chris & Caitlin Caserta and their animals, and discover how this amazing pasture-based farm works. Enjoy a free bowl of Walpole Creamery ice cream at the end of tour.  Learn more at http://www.walpolevalleyfarms.com/events.

Also on Saturday is the Peterborough Fireworks Show which includes food booths by local non-profits and live entertainment. Bring your admission bracelet to Joseph’s Coat before July 15th and receive 10% off your total purchase.  More firework show details are at http://tinyurl.com/Josephs7.

If your relatives are coming to town, or you are in dire need of a “staycation”, the Jack Daniels Motor Inn offers a Picnic and a Play Get-away Package in collaboration with two other independent businesses – the Peterborough Players and Nature’s Green Grocer.  This package features a specially crafted gourmet picnic dinner from Nature’s Green Grocer, two tickets to a Peterborough Players production and one night’s lodging at the Jack Daniels Motor Inn.

Another way to be an “Indie” and support your favorite independent businesses year-round is to become a Citizen Member of Monadnock Buy Local.  For $25, you’ll help us meet our mission, be listed as a citizen member on our website and receive an “I Support Monadnock Buy Local” sticker to display proudly.  Become a Citizen Member at http://monadnocklocal.org/join-us or mail your check to MBL, 25 Roxbury Street – Suite C, Keene NH 03431.

How you choose to celebrate, keep Independents Week in mind – and think local first!

Hearts and Stripes Petit Four birthday cakes in celebration of our nation from Sunflowers Restaurant

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It’s a week to celebrate our local economy and unique independent businesses & the launching of “Monadnock Buy Local”, a volunteer led initiative to promote locally owned businesses.

And to celebrate the local Toadstool Bookshops are offering

20% off the books of all authors from the Monadnock Region

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