A Snowy, Quiet, Sleepy Sunday

Winter Day B&W



Thanks to everyone who donated to our Doggie Paddle Plunge! The 50 Plungers (pictured below) raised $17,000 for the NHSPCA!

Plunge Group

And before you ask – it wasn’t bitterly, insanely cold. Sure, my poor little toes were frigid … but the water is colder than the air these days, so it was a nice little jump in the water. And then a quick little jump back out! (Check out Kris and I in the right hand corner of the photo below … our expressions say it all!



Freezing my tail off for the animals!

plungelogo_withsponsorWe love the ocean. And we love animals. And although winter isn’t exactly our favorite season …Kris and I are taking part in the 3rd Annual Doggie Paddle Plunge.

This is a fundraising event to benefit the animals of the New Hampshire SPCA – Participants will gather on the beach and together run full speed ahead into the frosty Atlantic to demonstrate their commitment to all the pups, cats, farm animals and more that need homes.

Consider joining our efforts by plunging yourself or donating to our winter insanity. View my page here… and view Kris’ page here!

If you want to partake or attend the festivities, the plunge takes place on noon on Saturday, February 16 in New Castle, NH, followed immediately by lunch. BTW – You can register for a guest lunch for only $10. Not a bad deal!

Saying Goodbye

Although its been awhile since Crunchy Granola Baby officially closed, I haven’t been able to focus my thoughts and attention enough to address the loss.

I started working at CGB three years ago, during graduate school at Emerson College, and immediately it became more than another part-time retail job. Jennie and her loyal customers taught me about natural childbirth, breastfeeding, Waldorf vs. Montessori educations, cloth diapers, organic clothing and wooden toys. They showed me that a crunchy lifestyle doesn’t need to be lost after becoming a parent, but instead entered into with wild abandon and passion. Jennie introduced me to the beauty of Salem, the uniqueness of its local shops, and the wonderful events that make it thrive.

Despite new jobs and frequent traveling (thanks for the flexibility, Jennie!), I couldn’t walk away from CGB. I spent my weekends meeting expecting parents and gushing over newborns, teaching babywearing and playing with toys.

And although I can’t say that I’m not excited to have free weekends, I do sometimes miss Saturday mornings at the shop. Coffee with Jennie, tweeting about the day’s events, exchanging stories with new people … being a part of something bigger.

CGB was more than a shop. It was a gathering place for like-minded locals who enjoyed and embraced the crunchier side of life. It was a community.

Thanks for everything, Jennie.

1st Annual Dan Duggan’s ‘Find the Answer for Cancer’ Ride

This past April, my family lost a truly exceptional and wonderful man.

Uncle Danny was a musician, master craftsman, avid fisherman, and a dedicated conservationist. And this year, he intended to discover the joy of the motorcycle community.

My cousin Heather is the manager at the legendary Broken Spoke Saloon in Laconia and a devoted member of the motorcycle community. As Heather explains, “This year my father was going to join me in Sturgis to learn why I love the motorcycle community so much, to see why I truly love what I do and what I’ve been able to be a part of. On April 3, 2010 my father lost his battle with prostate cancer.”

So join my family on July 31 at the Broken Spoke Saloon for the 1st Annual Dan Duggan’s ‘Find the Answer for Cancer’ Ride, a gorgeous motorcycle ride through some of New Hampshire’s most beautiful and scenic roads, followed by great food, fantastic music and wonderful memories. Learn more here.

As Heather says, “I can’t think of any better way to honor my father while showing my family what he had hoped to learn this year than to help find an answer for the cancer that took him away from this world.”

Salem Farmers Market

Here’s some shameless local promotion….

I love, love, love the Salem Farmers Market. It’s a fantastic new addition to a thriving city and I can’t adequately express my adoration for all the yummy produce. You just have to trust me.

So if you’re like me, and you’re looking to help the Market in the meantime (AKA: before the season starts), then head over to Sixty2 on Wharf on Monday, April 12 @ 6PM for a silent auction. Learn more here.

Also, a big congrats to the Market for winning a $2,500 grant from the MA Department of Agricultural Resources Farmers Market Electronic Benefit Transfer (EBT) program. In layman’s terms: Farmers at the market can now accept Supplemental Nutritional Assistance Program (SNAP) benefits, formerly food stamp, as payment for locally grown produce. Nice!

*And did I mention that my CSA takes place on the same day as the Farmers Market? Swing by CGB and pick up your CSA share, then supplement your fresh, local, organic produce with more fresh, local, organic produce.