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Get a Fresh Start this Spring in Prince George

Tags: Earth Hour , Prince George , green living , local hotspots , shopping
There's something about the beginning of spring in Prince George that gets us thinking about the environment. On the blog today, Kelson Group has gathered some ideas to help you celebrate the season with fresh, local food and a global event to help address climate change. We've got some spring cleaning tips coming up on the blog on Friday, but first let's focus on where you can stock up on the best produce and other delicious goods that the region has to offer.  

Prince George Farmers’ Market

  The year-round Prince George Farmers’ Market is located in downtown Prince George on 1074 6th Avenue. The indoor market operates year round every Saturday from 8:30 am to 2:00 pm. This market has been operating since 1996 and now boasts over 100 members and vendors.  The market was actually the first year-round market of its kind in all of BC.   Offerings:  Veggies, meats, baked goods, fruits and preserves. This market is especially unique as all products sold at the Farmers’ market MUST be baked, made or grown locally by the vendor.  

The Good Food Box

  For any vegetarian or vegan residents, consider the Good Food Box program. This is a monthly bulk produce buying program, and its monthly fee covers the cost of the box only; there are no membership fees at all. The program partners with local food suppliers and encourages the Prince George community to seek out locally grown farm produce. Now that’s a program we can get behind! Boxes are available for purchase at a number of registration and pick up areas throughout the city. Purchase by the first Friday of the month and your box will be ready by the third Wednesday of the month. Boxes are $15 each, so be ready with exact cash in hand.  Any leftovers are donated to community programs by the next morning.   Registration Centre and Pick-up Locations:   Elder Citizen Recreation Centre – 1692 10th Ave – 11:30am – 1:00pm Child Development centre – 1687 Strathcona Ave – 11:45am – 12:15pm Senior Activity Centre – 425 Brunswick St – 12:30 pm – 1:00pm Hart Pioneer Centre – 6986 Hart Highway – 2:00pm – 4:00pm Self-registration in Health Unit Lobby by elevator – 1444 Edmonton St. 4:00pm – 5:00pm   Offerings:  vary by season and availability. Generally, you can expect up at 15 different types of veggies in each box. Look for: potatoes, onions, carrots, broccoli and greens.   Beyond the Market is also a great online resource for anyone looking for more information on buying local and seasonal foods. Check it out to learn more about retailers, markets, farmers and restaurants in our local food system.  

Earth Hour

  Earth Hour is an event organized by the World Wildlife Federation. Held the last Saturday in March, countries participate in the hour-long symbolic gesture against climate change by powering down and saving some energy. The big day approaches this Saturday, March 23, so why not turn off the lights and dine on some local goodies by candle light? Take some time on Saturday and head to the Farmers’ Market to find the ingredients for your perfect locally sourced meal.  You’ll be shrinking your environmental impact while also supporting the local economy.   Did you know that last year, Prince George saw a four per cent reduction in electricity consumption during Earth Hour? Think we can top ourselves for 2013?   Finding the perfect apartment in Prince George can come with challenges, Kelson Group understands that. Our team knows that residents want quality apartment living at a reasonable price. That's why when it comes to choosing an apartment in Prince George, many tenants choose Kelson Group. Our apartments are well maintained, well priced and you get service with a smile. Call about one- or two-bedroom suites available for rent in the Carriage House (4414 & 4444 Glen Shee Rd., Prince George). Carriage House is centrally located in the Foothills neighbourhood with easy access to the Cariboo Hwy.  Contact Ray Best at  250-562-3347.