the opposite of mass produced – food

We went to a local wine tasting. Tried some reds and whites from California and Oregon. They were nice but we didn’t purchase any. On the way home we stopped at Standard Market where they were having a tasting by a local craft brewery of Gin, Vodka and Aquavit. Chicago Gin, I like the sound of it. And I like the idea that they are small enough to label each bottle by hand. It was pretty tasty, made by neighbors ( although Chicagoland has about 9 million neighbors ) it’s fun to purchase locally.

North Shore Distillery – check them out if you can.



18 Comments on “the opposite of mass produced – food”

  1. cperrington says:

    Love it. My family tries to buy locally here in the Tampa, FL area as often as possible. There’s just something about supporting a small, local business that makes me feel so much better about my purchase than giving my money to some mega-store.

    Keep up the great writing.

    • billgncs says:

      In one case, we used to pick up some wine from a local vintner near Cleveland who made a brilliant chardonnay and very passable reds. We ended up visiting the winery and helping pick grapes, and volunteer which was a very fun time for us.

      The human touch in commerce can count too.

  2. ManicDdaily says:

    Super fun to buy locally! k.

  3. Kristi says:

    Local stuff made by small business just has more soul, which makes them special. I also love buying from small businesses.

  4. Resa says:

    I love supporting the local economy!

    • billgncs says:

      I’m trying to discern if gin falls into the fruit section of the menu like wine. Wish us luck, 30th anniversary dinner tonight πŸ™‚

      • Resa says:


        I wish you and Jan much luck, always, although it appears you are both very lucky on this, your 30th!
        Have the best dinner, and although I feel wine is much closer to the fruit section than gin…. I could say as a distant cousin it would qualify on special occasions. πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚

  5. Clanmother says:

    You have the best adventures!!!!

    • billgncs says:

      well it was really a trip to downtown Naperville ( which is very nice ) and then to the upscale-grocery store for some samples πŸ™‚

      But while downtown we stopped in the local book store and they had William Kent Krueger in signing books, he is a mystery writer – and he read his 1st chapter and gave a little talk about writing. That was FUN, and totally unplanned.

  6. Purchasing locally is brilliant!
    Diana xo

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