We're founders Kathy and Sheena and we started Made with Local after realizing that healthy snacking options were either NOT delicious, or NOT actually healthy and full of all kinds of weird stuff...or both.
We sourced a variety of lovely local ingredients from farmers and food producers in our area and launched our Real Food Bars at the Halifax Seaport Farmer's Market in June 2012. Within a two of years both of us had growing families - two MwL babies on the way meant we needed some help baking to keep up with demand!
We found the perfect production partners in a local social enterprise called The Flowercart Group in New Minas, Nova Scotia. They are a supported workplace program for folks with barriers to mainstream employment, and it feels amazing to see their organization grow alongside ours! We are also thrilled to have welcomed a second social enterprise into our production family in 2016, the Dartmouth Adult Services Centre in Dartmouth, Nova Scotia.
Why do we think the people behind our ingredients and production kitchen matters so much? Because our foods are truly, really made with love, and are making a tangible social and economic impact on our community, every day.
We strive to inspire people to think about LOVE as an essential nutrient. How much love currently goes in to your food? How can you bring more mindful nourishment into your life?
How would the way you eat change if you thought about LOVE as an essential nutrient?