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Local Goodness Marketplace Supporting Local Charities: POWER Collection Items by Local Artists Support Women in Recovery

table, dessert table—even at the hors d'oeuvre and cocktail tables! Our dulce de leche constantly challenges us to come up with creative ways to use it. We love hearing from our customers about new recipes and ways to use dulce de leche that they have come up with! Grandma Dorita always worked with underprivileged children, and would often cook meals in a community kitchen to make sure they received a hot meal each day. In her honor, we are continuing to give back and fight hunger in our community. As a "Give Local Goodness" product, La Dorita donates a portion of all Dulce de Leche sales to the Greater Pittsburgh Community Food Bank. • Laurel Vista Farms, Local Produce in a JarTM – PENNSYLVANIA. Laurel Vista Farms began as a vision developed by Ken & Rick relaxing at their getaway in the Laurel Highlands one winter holiday. At the time, Ken was working as the supervisory electrician for construction jobs and Rick was working as a consultant after a career in state government. Both expressed their love of the Laurel Highlands and their desire to live and work there. They decided to look for a farm where they could both live and work, and the following weekend were touring Somerset County looking at farms for sale. They found a beautiful farm with a stunning view of the Laurel Ridge and named it on sight: Laurel Vista. By spring, the deal was closed and Ken and his wife Marian were moved in and operating a farm that grew potatoes for the local potato chip factory. As time went by, in response to increased interest and demand for fresh local produce, Ken & Rick added production of other vegetables and changed focus to consumers rather than processors. The idea of having products available year round was a natural progression in this process and led to their development of "Local Produce in a Jar (tm)." • Mis’ Rubin’s Magic Seasonings, Mongtomery, Alabama’s legendary all purpose seasonings – ALABAMA/PENNSYLVANIA • Parma Sausage Products, handcrafted charcuterie from Pittsburgh’s historic Strip District – PENNSYLVANIA • Prantl’s Bakery, the original Burnt Almond Torte, a Pittsburgh legend – PENNSYLVANIA. Prantl’s Bakery is a Pittscontinued on page 28

Every Story Begins At Home.

Local Goodness® in support of its recent launch of the Local Goodness Marketplace, an online shopping site for all the best of all things localSM, celebrated its Give Local initiative with the unveiling of the POWER Collection at a special event on Thursday, September 21. “The notion of going local extends beyond food and shopping small businesses…it is also critical to give to those organizations whose work it is to strengthen our communities in some way. Through the Local Goodness Marketplace we are committed to supporting these charitable organizations,” said Rhonda Schuldt, founder and owner of Local Goodness. “The Local Goodness site has two distinct ways to Give Local. One is through donating to a revolving set of charities and causes at checkout; the other is by purchasing exclusive Give Local products.” “We are particularly thrilled to have POWER as our first Give Local partner organization and to be able to support this organization and participating artists through the sale of exclusive POWER Collection items,” said Schuldt. POWER is a Pennsylvania organization that helps women reclaim their lives from the disease of addiction to alcohol and other drugs, and to reduce the incidence of addiction in future generations. “With two-thirds of families in the United States impacted by addiction, we know this is an issue that affects everyone in some way. With the right help, through organizations like POWER, those suffering from addiction have the power to change their lives and once again be an active and healthy member of their family and community,” stated Schuldt. Twenty-five percent of the proceeds from all POWER Collection purchases on the Local Goodness Marketplace are donated to POWER. The POWER Collection currently includes items from: • Amber Coppings Designs, Xmittens, creative textile streetwear • Caesar’s Designs Fine Jewelry Creations, inspired sterling silver jewelry • Riverside Design Group, Plates with PurposeTM, glass plates benefitting nonprofit organizations • SCHMIEDLIN, one of a kind paintings and limited edition prints by Keith Schmiedlin continued on page 28

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Laurel Mountain Post December 2013  

A magazine from the heart of Western Pennsylvania. December 2013.

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