Someone posted this on FB and it came across my newsfeed the other day. As a small business owner, still feeling the pinch from previous Covid restrictions/shutdowns and now the ever increasing inflation, I FEEL THIS!
"Please understand what not using cash is doing !!! Cash is important!
Why should we pay cash everywhere with banknotes instead of a card?
- I have a $50 banknote in my pocket. Going to a restaurant and paying for dinner with it. The restaurant owner then uses the bill to pay for the laundry. The laundry owner then uses the bill to pay the barber. The barber will then use the bill for shopping. After an unlimited number of payments, it will still remain a $50, which has fulfilled its purpose to everyone who used it for payment and the bank has jumped dry from every cash payment transaction made...
- But if I come to a restaurant and pay digitally - Card, bank fees for my payment transaction charged to the seller are 3%, so around $1.50 and so will the fee $1.50 for each further payment transaction or owner re laundry or payments of the owner of the laundry shop, or payments of the barber etc..... Therefore, after 30 transactions, the initial $50 will remain only $5 and the remaining $45 became the property of the bank thanks to all digital transactions and fees."
Now, it might not exactly work that way, but this person gets it. Your cashless payment is sent down the line for others to take their piece before it lands in the business' bank account!
Credit cards do take the largest percentage, debit cards much less. How else do you think the credit companies can afford to reimburse you if your card is stolen and tapped all over town for purchases before you notice it's gone?! Not only do they raise your interest rates to pay for all of these "extra perks and safety features", they also get it from the other side of the transaction too!
We have been looking at other affordable options for taking cashless payments but the options are few and far between. Shopping around for a new contract and terminal is confusing and time consuming. The best thing you can do to support your local small businesses is to pay by cash, or by debit.
Knowing that not everyone wants to be surprised by their advent wines, we have listed it a couple of different ways.
For "All the Info", click HERE - each number's descriptions and everything else you need to know about each wine.
For the "Descriptions Only", click HERE - test your wine tasting skills, try to name the varietal, check here to find a wine that might pair nicely with tonight's meal.
Or, if you just want to know the name of the wine, click the image below for the corresponding day.
Please remember that even though it's an advent calendar, we don't expect you to drink a bottle a day. Always drink safely and in moderation.
We'd love to have your feedback on these wines. Feel free to drop us a comment. Cheers!
Our 7th Anniversary is soon and we are starting off the celebrations with a bunch of contests and giveaways.
Our First Giveaway - Now Closed
It's really easy...
Click HERE to sign up for our monthly newsletter and you'll automatically be entered to win. If you already get our email, please feel free to enter so you get your chance to win too!
Prize is a FREE Island Mist, Twisted Mist or Orchard Breezin' kit of your choice, service charges included.
Must be over 19 years old
Prize will have to be picked up at the Harvest Wine Outfitters location in Fort St. John, BC
One entry per email address
Prizes have no monetary value
Contest closes August 24th @5pm MST
Let the Countdown Begin.... ugh, yes, I said the "C" word.
Have questions? Call us at 250-787-2739
After hours? Try FB or IG messaging. We might be closed but could be online.
Want to Make Wine but Need Fruit?!
Blue Acres - Saskatoons (expect to be open 1st week in August)
Altona, BC (north of Fort St. John)
Click HERE for map for location
Grazeland U-Pick - Saskatoons (now open)
Grandhaven area, near Fort St. John
Contact via Facebook Messenger or 250-262-7616
Contact for appointment
Beatton Hills Orchard - Rhubarb, Currants, Raspberries, Gooseberries
Hasberry Farms - Haskaps (season open for about another 2 weeks or so)
Click HERE for their Facebook page, 250-788-6432
Open Sunday to Fridays
The Rustic Market - Strawberries, Raspberries
Hudson's Hope, BC
Click HERE for their Facebook page, 250-793-6691
Open Sundays for U-Pick, check their Instagram or Facebook for more info
Peace Cherry Ranch - Saskatoons, Cherries
Click HERE for their Facebook page
Call 780-618-1604 or 780-618-1449
*This list is a work in progress and will be edited, if needed. Contact U-Picks/Orchards directly for most up-to-date information. Please email or message us if you know of any others to be added.
We will be changing our hours of operation for August. Seems like everyone wants to enjoy their summer weekends and we've been finding it hard to fill those appointment slots. To accommodate people who need to book around work, we'll take appointments later on Thursdays, if needed.
Tuesday: 10am - 5pm
Wednesday: 10am - 5pm
Thursday: 10am - sometime between 5 and 7pm
Friday: 10am - 5pm
Saturday: 10am - 2pm
We'll resume our regular business hours in September.
It's a short drive north of Fort St. John, or hop on the free shuttle bus to check it out. Shuttle details are in the booklet (link below). The fair is a family friendly weekend that includes:
Click HERE to view a copy of the Fall Fair booklet. Take a look of what the fair is all about and how to become an exhibitor. Enter your items to possibly win ribbons, or even money (where awarded). Book includes entry forms and all rules and regulations.
Once again, Harvest Wine Outfitters is sponsoring the categories in wine, beer, cider and liqueur. A total of 4 - $50 gift cards for our shop will go to:
1) High point winner of the White, Red and Fruit Kit Wine Category combined
2) High point winner of the Country Fruit Wine Category*
3) High point winner of the Liqueur and Cider Category combined
4) Judges' Pick Overall, in any category
*there is an small error in the Fall Fair booklet with the category numbers
Tips for entering your wines:
1) If you can, enter something in each category. Two of the prizes are given for combined points and can cover multiple categories.
1) Submissions should be in a proper bottle with cork or flip-top closure only. Make sure your bottle is clean and presentable.
2) Clarity is judged. If you have sediment, rebottling to remove any sediment might be helpful.
3) Label the wine with the style and year made. Judges are looking for the qualities of the style of wine entered and points are given based on those characteristics.
4) Most important - make sure you enter your wine in the proper category!
K11 - White Wine - from kits, examples are Chardonnay, Pinot Grigio, Moscato etc.
K12 - Red Wine - from kits, examples are Shiraz, Merlot, Cab Sauv, etc.
K13 - Any Country Fruit Wine (Fresh) - made from your own fruit, examples are saskatoon, raspberry, rhubarb, etc.
K14 - Any Fruit Wine (Kit) - from a kit, examples are Island Mist Black Cherry or Orchard Breezin' Cranberry
We give back to the community!
"For every dollar spent locally, $0.63 is kept in the community, creating an economic impact of up to 4.6 times higher than a dollar spend non-locally."
"It’s been shown that local businesses give back to charities and community causes 24:1 against multinational organizations."
- above information from BC Shop Local
Over the past year we've been given the wonderful chance to support the:
So, next time you are out shopping, remember to stop in and check out what our gift shop has to offer. We love our community and work hard to be great neighbours!
These times are expensive and we're trying to figure out how to help reduce the burden of increased costs. Due to the world wine shortage of glass wine bottles, our bottle costs have almost doubled since 2019 - and just last week we got hit with yet another price hike on glass!
What to do? What to do?
Starting immediately we will be accepting used wine bottles, of any size, to be resold to our customers at a fraction of the cost of new bottles. To maintain our standards, certain health and safety guidelines will need to be followed. Due to limited storage space, please make arrangements with us before bringing in your used bottles. We will only accept bottles if we have the room to store them.
We will be inspecting and accepting bottles that are only:
a) in excellent condition,
b) cork finish (no screw tops),
c) clean inside and out, and
d) void of any labels, adhesive residue and other commercial packaging.
We will not accept:
a) any bottles that do not meet our standards as stated above,
b) chipped, cracked or broken bottles,
c) any bottles that have not been cleaned or properly stored,
d) any screw-top bottles,
e) any cardboard boxes that are dirty and in poor condition, or
f) drop offs (please contact us to arrange a time).
Please note that the bottle return depot will not accept bottles that have the commercial labels removed. Until now, your best bet was to take those bottles to the recycling depot and place them in the glass recycling bins. Hopefully, we have given everyone one more option on reusing/recycling/reducing!
REMEMBER: This is a pilot program, meaning we will be trying it out to see if it's worth implementing full time. It could be suspended or cancelled without notice. You can call the shop at 250-787-2739 for more information.
Some changes are happening...
For years we have used MacDay Label Systems for printing our customers wonderful, easy-to-remove wine bottle labels. During these strange times, prices are going up and MacDay, as well as many other companies, are doing what they can to try to keep costs down.
Please follow this link to help MacDay with their decision making process.