Glen­garry Bee­hive: 100- kilo­me­tre food store

Seaway News - - LIFESTYLE -

Mark and Joanne Lauter­bach, third-gen­er­a­tion own­ers of Levac Api­aries in Green Val­ley, are proud to an­nounce the grand open­ing of the Glen­garry Bee­hive, one of East­ern On­tario’s first 100-kilo­me­tre, lo­cal food stores. The on-farm store is a unique re­tail con­cept, where cus­tomers can pur­chase their favourite lo­cal foods, know­ing that their gro­cery dol­lars are be­ing put di­rectly back into their com­mu­nity.

“ We heard about a lo­cal food store near Toronto that rented shelf space in­stead of buy­ing and re­selling the prod­uct,” ex­plained Mark Lauter­bach. “ That’s how the bees do it— they col­lect the re­gion’s bounty and share it with the whole commu- nity. We just like the idea that pro­duc­ers have con­trol. Our role is to fa­cil­i­tate the pro­ducer’s abil­ity to ob­tain top value for their top-qual­ity foods.”

The Glen­garry Bee­hive grew out of the Lauter­bach’s ex­pe­ri­ence with SD& G Farm Fresh, a lo­cal food mar­ket­ing cam­paign organized by com­mu­nity stake­hold­ers in­clud­ing the SD& G Com­mu­nity Fu­tures De­vel­op­ment Cor­po­ra­tion, Corn­wall and Se­away Val­ley Tourism, the East­ern On­tario Train­ing Board and busi­ness part­ners.

“ There are a lot of pro­duc­ers in our com­mu­nity, work­ing at what they love,” ex­plained Joanne Lauter­bach. “ We see this as an op­por­tu­nity to ex­pand our re­tail traf­fic, while giv­ing back to the com­mu­nity by help­ing to grow the lo­cal econ­omy.”

The grand open­ing of the Glen­garry Bee­hive took place in front of a large au­di­ence, in­clud­ing MP Guy Lau­zon, MPP Jim Brownell, United Coun­ties of Stor­mont, Dun­das and Glen­garry War­den Chris McDonell, and South Glen­garry Mayor Jim McDonell.

“ I com­mend the Lauter­bach’s for their ac­com­plish­ment,” said War­den Chris McDonell. “ It is this sort of en­tre­pre­neur­ial spirit that makes Stor­mont, Dun­das and Glen­garry such a great place to live. I wish them all the best.”

The Glen­garry Bee­hive is lo­cated near Green Val­ley at 20389 Con­ces­sion Rd. 5 and is open Tues­day to Fri­day from 9 a. m. to 5 p. m., and on Satur­day from 10 a. m. to 3 p. m.

pho­tos by Rox­anne De­lage

Two area win­ners of the Heart and Stroke F oun­da­tion's Spring 2009 Lot­tery win­ners were pre­sented with their prizes at the lo­cal branch, on Mon­day, Aug. 24. John De­war of Maxville, was pre­sented with a cheque for $ 66,716, which he chose over a BMW or a Chevro­let Ta­hoe Hy­brid. With the money, De­war plans on pay­ing off the new truck he pur­chased the week be­fore he found out that he'd won a new ve­hi­cle. Per­haps ren­o­va­tions with the rest, he says. Pic­tured in front ( L-R) are John and Mary De­war with ( in back from L-R) Va­lerie Rowe, area ad­min­is­tra­tor and Cindy Rowe, area man­ager. Re­tired farmer Elmer Gad­bois of Corn­wall, chose $ 42,296 in cash over the Toy­ota High­lander Hy­brid or Volvo XC70. At first Gad­bois was a lit­tle sus­pi­cious when he got the call that he'd won. " We get so many calls," he said, re­fer­ring to tele­phone solic­i­tors. It wasn't un­til a cou­ple of days later when they re­ceived a for­mal con­fir­ma­tion let­ter that they were sure this wasn't a hoax. Gad­bois, who says he's been sup­port­ing this par­tic­u­lar lot­ter y for about 10 years, says he has no plans for the money for now. Pic­tured in front ( L-R) are Elmer and Is­abelle Gad­bois with ( in back from L-R) Va­lerie Rowe, area ad­min­is­tra­tor and Cindy Rowe, area man­ager.

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