With restrictions and concerns keeping people closer to home, many are turning to more local sources for everything from produce to handmade wares like masks.
In further encouraging folks to support local, Serafina Palandech and Jennifer Johnson, co-owners of A Boring Life Cafe in Damascus, and a handful of local vendors decided to think inside the box.
More precisely inside the Boring Box: a curated selection of local products sold together.
"We were trying to think creatively," Palandech said. She and her wife, Johnson, opened the cafe only a week before the COVID-19 crisis. "One of the goals of our shop was to feature all local producers. Everybody loves the name of our town, and we've also been in this period of time of being isolation, which can be rather boring. Moments of inspiration can come from boredom. We've all been forced into living this boring life."
The boxes costs $100 each and include items from seven different vendors: Boring Brewing Co., Boring Cider Co., A Boring Life Cafe, Hollyhock Flower Farm, Boring Goats, Nature's Old Time Meats and Cat's Moon Coffee.
Items include chicken liver pate, two crowlers from Boring Brewing and Boring Cider Co., a floral bouquet, a bag of Cat's Moon coffee, lotion and soap, a vintage-style Boring, Oregon, poster, almonds and locally produced honey.
"Everybody was super enthusiastic about putting products together," Palandech said. "We are doing it as a one-time thing, but my dream is the businesses will get repeat business from this. The idea is for it to serve as shared marketing, to promote each other, promote our town and promote the area."
You can order the boxes through any of the vendors involved on social media or their websites.
"Support local, eat local," Palandech said. "I think that's how we're going to get through this time."
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