Locally Sourced

5 Reasons Why You Should Shop Local

Decreases your environmental impact (carbon footprint) If you’re an avid online shopper, it may come as a surprise to find out that shipping produces one billion metric tons of C02 yearly. It may also be a surprise to know that industrial pollution is responsible for about 50% of pollution in the United States. When you shop locally, there is less traveling by car, less resource depletion, and less habitat loss. Supports your local community and local economy It is estimated that for every $100 spent at local shops, $48 is restituted to the local economy. That is 68% of your …

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Shaping Local

These photos may be black and white, but finding your next magic surfboard is not. There are more surfers today than ever before, but the distance between surfers’ hands and  boardmakers has only increased with the influx. Surf industry tycoons used this boom as an opportunity to exploit and taint the supply chain. The result? Lineups everywhere are littered with low quality boards produced abroad in factories by non-surfer labor. It’s a shame seeing these absolute turds floating in the water next to boards masterfully crafted by local shapers, whose jobs are put in jeopardy due to uneducated buyers and …

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Shrimpin’ Ain’t Esay

            Let me start off by telling you how much shrimp I eat: A LOT, but it wasn’t until a international journalism course with Professor Nicolas Tatro that I really began to question the source of my seafood and the importance of sourcing seafood locally. Shrimping has been a vital aspect of Northeast Florida’s commerce since the early 1900s when Greek boat builders Michael Tiliakos and Demetrios Deonas moved to Fernandina Beach. Using larger engined boats with the ability to trawl larger nets, they helped establish Fernandina as the birthplace of the modern shrimping industry. By …

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CuliVino – Local Chef Tom Gray Offering Product Line at Local Markets

Campanelle pasta, Arrabiata sauce, both made right here in Jacksonville by a master Chef and his team right here in Jacksonville are waiting for you at Native Sun Kitchen + Market in Jacksonville Beach. Going out in the age of Corona hasn’t been as much of an option, and a lot of us are cooking at home. To support those safe decisions, for a lot of restaurateurs that means doing something differently, from online cooking classes to more convenient take-out. That’s why you can find CuliVino’s line of sauces, pizza kits, pasta and more– straight from  Chef Tom Gray’s kitchen …

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