WR Event and Designs are booking weddings for 2016 already and I want to give you 5 Reasons why you should Hire an Event Planner for Your Next Event.

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By Admin, BuyLocalBG.com, BuyLocalBg@gmail.com/
Tuesday, July 7th, 2015 2:00 PM CST

From WR Event and Designs:

We are booking weddings for 2016 already and I want to give you 5 Reasons why you should Hire an Event Planner for Your Next Event.

It is common for people to think that professional Event Planners are going to be expensive. But the reality is that planners know the tips, tricks and contacts that could save you time and money in the long run without sacrificing the quality of your event.
Here are five compelling reasons to hire an Event Planner:

YOU WILL SAVE MONEY– Event Planners build relationships with suppliers, and they receive discounted rates from vendors that a quality planner will pass on to the client. When you call the same supplier, you are likely to pay their standard rates, which can be higher by as much as 20 percent or more.
YOU WILL SAVE TIME – Nobody has enough hours in the day anymore, so why spread yourself too thin doing something that someone else can do for you more efficiently and effectively? Planners thrive on this activity, and they can organize and execute your event in less time than you ever could, allowing you to focus on other responsibilities.
BENEFIT FROM THEIR KNOWLEDGE/EXPERIENCE – Over time, Event Planners gain extensive knowledge and wisdom regarding events and parties; they know the latest trends, newest venues, the hot colors, budget-saving secrets and details that you may not be aware of if you plan only one or two events annually.
CAPITALIZE ON THEIR CONTACTS AND RESOURCES – A Planner’s rolodex is a gold mine. From lighting to décor to power and more, all the right contacts are at their fingertips. No more web-searching required when they can speed-dial the best canopy vendor to serve your location, or obtain a liquor application for a City park. Put their rolodex to work for you!
STRESS FREE TROUBLESHOOTING– Despite all the planning, preparation and management, almost every event inevitably encounters an unforeseen hiccup. You don’t want guests aware of this snag and you certainly don’t want to appear panicked….This is when you need a Planner at your side because they know who to call and how to remedy a situation quickly. Whether it’s a missing limo or a fallen wedding gown hem, your Planner can secure the resources necessary to resolve an issue seamlessly and keep the event on track.
At the end of the day, the right planner will serve as an extension of you. They do all the “heavy-lifting” so that you can be a guest at your party or outing and provide you the opportunity to network effectively to make a favorable impression that will long be remembered by your guests.

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It’s almost time for the The 4th annual BG Gauntlet Mud Run!

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By Admin, BuyLocalBG.com, BuyLocalBg@gmail.com/
Tuesday, July 7th, 2015 12:00 PM CST

From BGgauntlet.com:

The fourth annual BG Gauntlet Mud Run will be held on Saturday, July 11, 2015 at Phil Moore Park in Bowling Green, KY.

The original event you all know and love is still taking center stage. For ages 12 through adult, the BG Gauntlet Mud Run is 5k of tough terrain, fun obstacles, and more mud than you thought possible! For 2015, we have new obstacles for participants to conquer. This course has less to do with your fitness level, and more to do with your state of mind. Don’t be afraid to overcome your fears and run the Gauntlet!

$75 Registration Fee (Day of the Race) (Available for the Gauntlet Only)

Obstacles

Participants must push their way through the following obstacles:

Obstacle #1 3ft (height) log hurdle
Obstacle #2 12ft rope climb
Obstacle #3 5 Rings across (you are 12 ft in the air)
Obstacle #4 Declining balance beam (roughly 6-7 feet in the air)
Obstacle #5 Jumping down from a 6ft log
Obstacle #6 7ft wall
Obstacle #7 Crawling (belly your way through a distance)
Obstacle #8 Hurdle over 4.5ft beam
Obstacle #9 “Pogo” (continuously hurdling over several beams)
Obstacle #10 3 ft (height) log hurdle

Heat Times

Participants in this year’s “Combine”, will be given two chances to run the course. The fastest time will be recorded. Use the chart below to determine when your attempts are scheduled:

Heat 1st Attempt 2nd Attempt
Heat 1 9:05am 11:30am
Heat 2 9:10am 11:35am
Heat 3 9:15am 11:40am
Heat 4 9:20am 11:45am
Heat 5 9:25am 11:50am
Heat 6 9:30am 11:55am
Heat 7 9:35am 12:00pm
Heat 8 9:40am 12:05pm
Heat 9 9:45am 12:10pm
Heat 10 9:50am 12:15pm
Heat 11 9:55am 12:20pm
Heat 12 10:00am 12:25pm
Heat 13 10:20am 12:45pm
Heat 14 10:25am 12:50pm
Heat 15 10:30am 12:55pm
Heat 16 10:35am 1:00pm
Heat 17 10:40am 1:05pm
Heat 18 10:45am 1:10pm
Heat 19 10:50am 1:15pm
Heat 20 10:55am 1:20pm
Heat 21 11:00am 1:25pm
Heat 22 11:05am 1:30pm
Heat 23 11:10am 1:35pm
Heat 24 11:15am 1:40pm

Note: There is no same-day registration for the Combine – participants may only register online.

Can I register for both the Combine and the BG Gauntlet?

Absolutely!

Remember: You are guaranteed 2 races for the Combine. So let’s say you register for the 9:10am Combine heat time. Your next race will be around 11:35am (roughly 2 hours apart). If you want to register for the Gauntlet as well, you’ll need be sure to register for a time that will not interfere with your Combine races.

The Gauntlet will take roughly 30 min to 1 hour to complete based upon fitness level and/or flow of participants. A precise time cannot be entirely predicted.

Mud Pie

The third annual “Mud Pie” is geared towards kids aged 6-11. Young participants will be runnin’, jumpin’, crawlin’, pullin’, climbin’, and hangin’ through the same 400 meter course filled with 7-10 obstacles. And unlike the adults, children may go through the course as many times as they wish during their allotted time!

Registration prior to the day of the event is $28 per child. Registration on race day will increase to $38 per child.

Heat #1 9:30am Ages 6-7
Heat #2 10:00am Ages 8-9
Heat #3 10:05am Ages 10-11

Note: In order to be guaranteed an event t-shirt, your online registration must be completed by midnight, June 19, 2015.

Muddy Buddy

The 3rd annual “Muddy Buddy” is geared for our special need folks (Ages 6 through adult). Participants will run/walk through the same 400 meter course as the “Mud Pie” event. However, mom, dad, or a loved one will be able to walk/run with their participant. And don’t worry, authorized event staff will be present to supervise this party for all participants!

Registration prior to the day of the event is $28 per child. Registration on race day will increase to $35 per individual.

Heat #1 9:00am Ages 6 and over

Note: Only one “Muddy Buddy” heat will be held during this year’s BG Gauntlet event.

Corporate Challenge

Sign up today to run the BG Gauntlet with your co-workers (8-12 individuals). Help each other climb through, over, or under multiple obstacles over a 5 kilometer course. You’ll be glad you did it!

Note: In order to be guaranteed an event t-shirt, your online registration must be completed by midnight, June 19, 2015.

The cost for ten individuals is $495.00. For 2015, online registration is required.

Rent a Tent Space (New for 2015)

This year, you may reserve a tent space online for an extra $10, so you’re friends or team can hang out together and even watch the inaugural COMBINE race. Each space allows for a 10 x 10 tent.

Once registration is completed and you have purchased a tent space, please send an email tobggauntletmudrun@gmail.com requesting the location of your tent. Please use the following map to determine which location you would like:

2015 Rent a Tent Space Map

Recipients

The recipients of the BG Gauntlet are as follows:

2012 The Family Enrichment Center
2013 The Center for Courageous Kids
2014 The Ethan Foundation
2015 The Synergy Center (Warren County Public Schools)

For 2015, the Gauntlet will help support hungry kids through the Synergy Center which is our very own Warren County Public Schools. The Synergy Center will receive 20% of gross registration from the Gauntlet.

Come on out and support our community. Get registered, buy a burger, and watch the inaugural Combine!

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Specialty Sandwiches from Cambridge Market and Cafe are Fantastic! Plus, you can build your own sandwich. Try one today, you deserve it after last week.

 

By Admin, BuyLocalBG.com, BuyLocalBg@gmail.com/
Tuesday, July 7th, 2015 10:00 AM CST

Speciality Sandwiches from Cambridge Market and Cafe are Fantastic! Plus, you can build your own. Try one today!

  • Smoked Roast beef Smoked roast beef with cheddar cheese, lettuce, tomato, dark mustard & mayonnaise served hot on yeast rolls.
  • Smoked Salmon Veggie Smoked salmon spread, squash, zucchini, cucumber, green pepper & shredded carrots served on sourdough bread.
  • Italian Sub Cotto Salami, capocolla & pepperoni with provolone cheese served on a dark hoagie with lettuce, tomato, dark mustard, vinegar & oil.
  • Marinated Chicken Sandwich Boneless, skinless chicken breast marinated in a select blend of spices served hot on a multi-grain bun with Monterey Jack cheese, lettuce, tomato & mayo.
  • Smoked Turkey Club Smoked turkey, cheddar cheese, bacon, lettuce, tomato & honey mustard dressing served hot on toasted wheat bread.
  • Cambridge Club Turkey, bacon, lettuce, tomato mayo, dark mustard, and provolone cheese served hot on “double decked’’ toasted whole wheat bread.
  • Ole Smokey Roast beef & pastrami with smoked cheddar served hot on an onion roll with BBQ sauce, onion & pickles.
  • Greek Wrap The ultimate veggie sandwich. Artichoke hearts, roasted red peppers, celery, tomato, Feta cheese with herbs & spices stuffed in pita wrap.
  • Russian Reuben  Corn beef sauerkraut & Swiss cheese served hot on toasted rye bread with Russian dressing.
  • Three Cheese Veggie Mozzarella, mild cheddar, & pepper cheese served cold on sourdough bread with lettuce, tomato, mayo, onion, green pepper, black olives & dark mustard
  • Country Ham Sandwich Country ham served cold on whole wheat bread with Swiss cheese, lettuce, tomato & mayo.
  • Steve – A – Reno Roast beef, turkey, and ham with Swiss cheese served cold on  whole wheat with lettuce, tomato, mayonnaise, green pepper and onion.
  • BLT
  • BLT with Egg salad.
  • Chicken Salad Sandwich
  • Egg Salad Sandwich
  • Low fat Egg Salad Sandwich
  • Tuna Salad Sandwich
  • Pimento Cheese
  • 1/2 sandwich

To build your own sandwich please click here for a list of items. Also, don’t forget that Cambridge Market & Cafe uses local farms and the Farmer’s Market for their recipes and orders. So order knowing you are getting top quality food that comes from our community. Helping local farmers and your favorite restaurant in one call? Sounds good to me.

If you need an event catered or a business luncheon delivered, they got you covered as well. Cambridge Market & Cafe on 830 Fairview Avenue and available at 270.782.9366 or online and facebook.

The 2015 Duncan Hines Festival. Proceeds Recipient The SKyPAC.

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By Admin, BuyLocalBG.com, BuyLocalBg@gmail.com/
Tuesday, July 7th, 2015 7:00 AM CST

From Duncan Hines Festival:

The Duncan Hines Festival is a free community event that celebrates the life and career of Bowling Green native Duncan Hines. Bowling Green Junior Woman’s Club is proud to host the 19th annual Duncan Hines Festival and partner with Chaney’s Dairy Barn for a family fun event. The festival will include the Adventures in Good Baking Contest, Uncle Duncan’s Duck Derby, a brownie eating contest, music by DJ Rios from “Red Towel Entertainment”, a silent auction and local arts & crafts vendor. This year’s festival will be held from 4:00 pm-8:00 pm and will be followed by Chaney’s Dairy Barn “Ice Cream & A Moovie” Proceeds from this event will benefit the agency listed below and help the Jr. Woman’s Club give to other worthy causes throughout the year.

A special thanks goes out to all of our sponsors. Without their help, the festival would not be possible. Funds raised from the festival will be given back to non-profits in this area throughout the year.

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New Dinner Menu at The Bistro for the Summer!

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By Admin, BuyLocalBG.com, BuyLocalBg@gmail.com/
Monday, July 6th, 2015 12:00 PM CST

We’ve covered the Drink and Brunch menu so far, now check out the Dinner Menu: Dinner Menu

New Summer Drink Menu from The Bistro!

Click here for menu: Drink List Menu

Blood Orange Rosemary Screwdriver

Click here: 2015 New Brunch Menu 

 

Reservations can be made at 781.9646 or online via their website. Located at 1129 College Street, downtown.

Get Your Business In The Buy Local Bowling Green 2015 Holiday Magazine.

By Admin, BuyLocalBG.com, BuyLocalBg@gmail.com/
Monday, July 6th, 2015 10:00 AM CST

We are ramping up the production of the 2015 Holiday Edition of the Buy Local Bowling Green Magazine, our 10 magazine and 5th Holiday edition. We are going to add a few partners and if your business wants to be involved, let us know soon. With the edition of ‘EAT. local food for everyone’ magazine space will be limited. Once we fill up the next few pages we will not be taking new Magazine/Online partners until someone drops out.

To be a partner email the Publisher at mepannell@gmail.com for more info. Space is limited and will go quick. Look out for the new guide to be at partner locations this November!

Community Farmers Market Recipe for Grilled Zucchini.

A Great Treat for your plate!

A Great Treat for your plate!

By Admin, BuyLocalBG.com, BuyLocalBg@gmail.com/
Monday, July 6th, 2015 9:00 AM CST

GRILLED ZUCCHINI (courtesy of food.com)

Ingredients

  • 2 medium zucchini
  • 4 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1⁄2 teaspoon salt
  • 1⁄2 teaspoon pepper
  • 1⁄2 teaspoon cajun seasoning

Directions

  • Slice the zucchini into 1/4 inch fillets – longways.
  • Mix the olive oil and all the seasonings in a one cup mixing container or small bowl.
  • Coat all of the zucchini pieces in the mixture and place on a plate to take out to the grill.
  • Make sure the grill is pre-heated and place the seasoned zucchini slices on the grilling surface.
  • Cook for 5-7 minutes on each side.

Community Farmers Market is a year-round market featuring over 50 vendors with a variety of local foods and handcrafted items. The Market also regularly offers cooking demonstrations, folk school classes and live music. Hours are Saturdays from 8 a.m.-1 p.m. and Tuesdays from 2-6 p.m. It is located at 2319 Nashville Road next to the WKU Store. For information about Community Farmers Market BG, visit www.communityfarmersmarketbg.com.

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From Community Farmers Market Bowling Green: “Could a few dollars be keeping you from fresh, local food?”

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By Admin, BuyLocalBG.com, BuyLocalBg@gmail.com/
Monday, July 6th, 2015 8:00 AM CST

By Michelle Howell:

I spend a lot of my time talking about local food.  I get to hear success stories, hardships, how much we really need rain right now.  I know so many farmers and local food enthusiasts that it just comes naturally for me to think about food from the perspective of the farmers I personally know.  Because farmers do-you know-grow our food (that’s my agriculture degree at work for you).  I think it’s time that we ask ourselves why we stopped supporting the farmers who live next door to us.  The number one thing I hear about local food is, “I’d love to buy local, but it’s too expensive.”

Let me start with a confession.  Just a few years ago I was saying-or at least thinking-the same thing.  Nathan and I are both very, very frugal.  Let me give you an example-Nathan spent countless hours this past week taking nails out of old boards in order to reuse them for our chicken houses and I cut towels down into smaller rags so I didn’t have to buy new wash cloths.  We’re cheap.  Throughout the years we’ve wandered through times when we had to be frugal and other times it just felt like the right thing to do.  I’ve met many rural farmers who buy the cheapest-most often processed-food available for this very reason.  The first few years that Nathan sold at a local farmers market I would stop by for a few minutes and buy a couple of things.  Maybe a melon or peaches, a loaf of bread or block of cheese.  I could have stocked up on more, but I didn’t.  Always a reason-I had already bought eggs and that 5 lb roll of ground beef on sale, I didn’t have a list with me, I wasn’t sure what to do with those vegetables.  Deep down it was because I believed it would be too expensive to purchase most of our food locally.  Or maybe it was the hope that I’d strike it rich thanks to unbeatable price cuts at the grocery store at my next visit.  The deals always ended up being packaged, convenience foods that were taking a toll on our bodies.

A couple years later we jumped head first into buying local food.  My main motivation was becoming more intentional about eating fresh, healthy foods.  I’m an all in kind of gal so when I had the notion to feed my family better it occurred to me that I could invest in a bunch of contraptions, gimmicks and diet plans or I could invest in the people I knew by name at the market.  It was the motivation I needed to make some hard and fast changes and it seemed like the right thing to do.

Truths I learned from eating a mostly local diet
-Limiting trips to the grocery store cuts down on the amount of sugary, processed foods I bring into the house.
-Eating whole foods fills us up faster and for longer periods of time-so we eat less.
-Eating seasonally has additional benefits such as good digestive health, variety of nutrients, increased fruit and vegetable consumption.
-The connection we’ve made to good people keeps us connected to good food.
-Time is money.  I spent less time couponing and more time cooking which was in fact what really made my family healthier.

To be honest, I wasn’t completely sure that local food was cheaper or even comparable to what’s available in the grocery store, but I had a hunch that it was.  Every time I go into the grocery store I cannot believe how fast the prices are rising.  Transportation costs, recalls, marketing (no telling what the chain stores are spending on “local food” advertising) are all contributing to rising costs-especially on fresh food.  I know more about local farm prices and I can tell you that we aren’t rising our prices quite as fast.  Farmers need to make a living and we are passionate about pricing well, but farmers want to be reasonable-and for the most part they are.

In order to get a cost comparison I asked my friend Sonja to do some research for us at three of our local grocery chains.  She compared the prices of each item in a weekly share from our farm.  A few things to consider.  Our Community Supported Agriculture program (CSA) has a $65 price point, but the value varies from week to week depending on what protein is included and what’s in season.  On average, our customers receive a box that has a market value of $67-71 (the benefit of being in a CSA).  This share has a slightly lower protein value, but included additional vegetables.  When searching for certain products such as heirloom tomatoes and gourmet peppers Sonja had to find something comparable.  I was surprised to see Walmart with the highest price and Kroger with the lowest since most people consider Kroger to be a more expensive store.  What Sonja found is that local food is only slightly more expensive and when joining a CSA or getting to know your farmers (to buy in bulk) it’s about the same.

Cost Comparison based on CSA share July 2014:

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Getting accurate data comparing local food to grocery stores would be fairly difficult.  Just as there are variables between different stores the same is true for farmers selling at the same market.  A grocery store may be offering special incentives or coupons* and one farmer may have a bumper crop of tomatoes so they are selling them cheaper by the box.  While we could work through possible scenarios all day long I think that these figures Sonja provided show that when we talk about local food being more expensive we’re really just talking about a few dollars.  So I have to ask-could a few dollars be keeping you from eating fresh, locally grown food?  I’ve got a few assumptions about how we came to believe that local food was more expensive and I’ll share those in a future writing.
*please note:  I’ve found that very few coupons are for fresh food (and this comes from a former coupon queen).

Tips to make local food easier
-Stock up on good extra virgin olive oil, real salt, and hard cheeses.  You can do just about anything with those three things.
-Spend less time learning recipes and more time learning basic cooking skills.  With a few good skills you can learn to prepare and enjoy all of the fruits and vegetables at the market.
-Ask your farmer how to prepare the food they grow.  When in doubt, use google.
-Simplify:  A very common meal in our home includes browned, crumbled beef or pork, vegetables cooked in olive oil and salted, sliced bread, sliced cheese and sliced cantaloupe for dessert.  Simple.
-Eat what you buy.  That sounds over simplified, but it is one of the biggest challenges as you transition to fresh food.

For those on a really tight budget
-Many farmers markets including our own CFM not only accept SNAP, WIC Farmers Market vouchers, Senior Nutrition vouchers, but also DOUBLE them for increased value.
-Buy at the peak of season and in bulk.
-Join a CSA for best value.
-Pick up your CSA or shop the market first, then shop for deals at the grocery.  Make sure you aren’t spending the same amount at the grocery store while purchasing additional food at the market.
-Grow a garden or barter (most farmers love to barter).

Current CSA offerings at Community Farmers Market in Bowling Green, Kentucky

Farms
Sunny Point Gardens (Saturday)
Rough Draft Farmstead (Tuesday)
Think Little CSA (Tuesday)
Need More Acres CSA Farm (Saturday)

Bread
Esters Farm Baked Goods (Tuesday, Saturday)

Prepared Food
Farm Fresh But Already Fixed (Tuesday)
Zest- Juice for life. (Tuesday, Saturday)
Summer Garden Memories (Tuesday, Saturday)
Hillbilly Grillers (Saturday)

Art/Craft
Sly Dyes (Saturday)

Email Ordering/Herd Shares
Stoney Creek Farm (Saturday)

Dog Treats
Bark Twain Bakery (Saturday)

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Morris Jewelry’s Customer Appreciation Weekend is this Thursday, Friday, and Saturday!

 

Don't miss this week's savings!

Don’t miss this week’s savings!

By Admin, BuyLocalBG.com, BuyLocalBg@gmail.com/
Monday, July 6th, 2015 7:30 AM CST

Morris Jewelry’s Customer Appreciation Weekend is next Thursday, Friday, and Saturday! Half off half the store. You don’t want to miss this.

Visit Morris Jewelry, your trusted source for the finest jewelry in Bowling Green. Located on beautiful Fountain Square in Bowling Green. It’s like having a family member in the business when you are looking for a fair deal, remember Morris Jewelry. Get down to Main Street next to the Capitol Arts Center. Check out Morris Jewelry online.

 

 

Why AAA Systems? We Use Them, You Should Too.

Your home-town security company! Toll Free 1-888-663-9276

Your home-town security company! Toll Free 1-888-663-9276

By Admin, BuyLocalBG.com, BuyLocalBg@gmail.com/
Friday, July 3rd, 2015 1:00 PM CST

From AAA Systems:

Would you be satisfied without telephone service for more than four hours a month?How about no electricity at home for an hour each week? Clearly not.

It’s no different with our customers. They want better than 99% problem-free performance when they buy AAA Systems products to use in their home or business. They also want fresh ideas that help them build their future.

Premiere companies don’t satisfy almost all their customer’s expectations; they exceed all of their expectations. Business success is a moving target and we must get better and better each year at providing products and services.

We have great people generating world-class results. Many of our improvements are “bottom-up” suggestions; solutions do not always result from a “top-down” approach.

Our Customers are recognizing the value we create for them and rewarding us with a growing business. By taking care of our clients, they have taken care of us. Our clients have made us the #1 security company in South Central Kentucky. It is our mission to exceed their expectations on a daily basis. We are committed to our client’s satisfaction!

Their success can be attributed to the primary corporate philosophy and their commitment to your satisfaction.  Find out more about AAA Systems at their website and also their facebook page. Call for an estimate for your at (270) 842-0000.

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