I can't believe the Acre75 Gathered Holiday box has already shipped! I thought about and planned for this particular box for a very long time. When I first launched Acre75 Gathered in April, I was already anticipating the Holiday box; what kind of festive products would I include? What will the tape look like? How can I make it as Christmas-y as possible without being too Christmas-y? I'm so happy with how it all turned out and with the response from all my loyal subscribers. This was my largest shipment yet: 78 active subscribers! You have no idea how happy this makes me as I had hoped for 60 active subscribers for the Holiday box (and I truly wasn't sure how/if I would reach that number). What a year it has been for Acre75!
The tape for the Holiday box features small towns in Canada that are known for their Christmas celebrations. I found out about these towns by asking on social media for people to tell me about the most Christmas-y towns in Canada. I couldn't pick just one so I randomly chose 7: Formosa, ON, Kincardine, ON, Smithers, B.C., Collingwood, ON, Dresden, ON, Meaford, ON and Salmon Arm, B.C. Our tape is biodegradable and recyclable!
The tissue paper in the Holiday box is a photocopy of my hometown newspaper, The Mildmay-Carrick Town Crier, from Christmas 1975! It is printed on Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) certified, acid-free paper and printed using soy-based ink.
If you are new here, Acre75.ca is our online store that sells gifts and goods handcrafted in small Canadian towns. Each purchase on Acre75.ca supports a small town business and puts money back into small communities in Canada. In addition to the online store, we also have a seasonal subscription box called Acre75 Gathered. Each box contains a gathering of items from our online store, delivered every December, March, June and September.
Here's what we gathered in our Holiday 2019 box:
These luxuriously soft 75/25 kid mohair/nylon yarn socks are the most comfortable, warm and durable socks that you will ever own. Ideal for working and playing in the cold outdoors.
Made by: Thermohair Inc.
Located in: South Mountain, ON [Pop. Very small!]
Fun Fact: In August 2020, South Mountain will be hosting their 128th Annual Summer Agricultural Fair!
Candy Cane Bark All Natural Lip Balm
A delicious combo of refreshing mint and decadent chocolate wrapped up in a tube of all natural lip balm.
Made by: Eclair Lips
Located in: Dieppe, N.B. [Pop. 25,384]
Fun Fact: Dieppe is officially a francophone city with French being the native language of 74% of the population.
Handmade Ginger Cookies
A crunchy, deeply flavoured handmade ginger cookie with blackstrap molasses and morsels of crystallized ginger for a bit of extra magic. Certified Organic. GMO-free.
Made by: Real Treat
Located in: Cochrane, AB [Pop. 26,000]
Fun Fact: Cochrane’s Annual Labour Day Rodeo is considered one of the toughest Amateur Rodeo's in Canada with many of the same riders as the Calgary
Reusable Christmas Village Bowl Cover
A festive, organic and compostable reusable fabric bowl cover. Perfect for short term storage, fermentations, rising dough or transporting food to a Christmas potluck!
Made by: Your Green Kitchen
Located in: Nakusp, B.C. [Pop. 1,500]
Fun Fact: Nakusp’s hot springs are a popular destination for tourists, as well as its picturesque mountain lakeside setting.
Belgian Hot Chocolate
Melt 3 heaping tablespoons of these decadent chocolate shavings into a mug of warm milk for a cozy treat on a chilly winter day.
Made by: Sweet, Lake of the Woods
Located in: Kenora, ON [Pop. 15,000]
Fun Fact: The Stanley Cup was won by the Kenora Thistles hockey team in 1907. The team featured Hall of Famer, Art Ross, for whom the Art Ross Trophy is named.
A decadent and smooth chocolate made with real mint. Even people who don’t like mint, love Rheo Thompson’s Mint Smoothies®!
Made by: Rheo Thompson Candies
Located in: Stratford, ON [32,000]
Fun Fact: People come from all over the world to visit the renowned Stratford Festival. Stratford is also known for its numerous dining and shopping options.
Don't miss out on the March box! Subscriptions Re-Open on Sunday, December 15th!