Bountiful Harvest April 6, 2011
Bountiful Harvest in Gouverneur Receives Microenterprise Grant Award
Canton, New York, April 6, 2011 – Gouverneur’s natural food store the Bountiful Harvest has received a grant in the amount of $19,417 from the St. Lawrence County Local Development Corporation. Grant funds will be used to purchase equipment, to expand inventory and for working capital.
Norine Dowling and daughter Rushteen Dowling-Hughes have been operating Bountiful Harvest since November of 2009. Norine became interested in natural foods and herbs when she was experiencing her own health issues and was given a recommendation by her doctor to take dietary supplements. In pursuing a healthier lifestyle she discovered many ingredients that offer tasty alternatives to traditional foods. Both Norine and her husband have seen positive results from eating healthy diets and through the use of natural dietary supplements to the extent that they have been taken off prescription drugs. It is because of her own personal experiences that Norine wants to share her knowledge with customers and provide healthy products that are not available elsewhere in the community.
The Bountiful Harvest provides natural foods, supplements and alternative foods such as gluten free products and almond butter. They offer healthy alternatives to medicines, including supplements and herbs, and their knowledgeable staff will give helpful tips and suggestions for healthy living. The store stocks both dry grocery goods, bulk items and some refrigerated/frozen items including tofu, kefir, and whole grains. Herbs and fresh produce are available in season. In addition they carry natural personal and pet products, eco-friendly baby and cleaning products, vitamins and supplements. They offer a selection of books featuring healthy living choices and the store hosts an herbalist once a month who performs iridology for customers.
“Empty storefronts plague many of our communities in St. Lawrence County,” states SLCLDC CEO Raymond Fountain. “Our Microenterprise Grant Program was designed to support businesses like the Bountiful Harvest that fill commercial spaces and bring life back to our downtowns. Norine and Rushteen’s store offers specialty products to the community of Gouverneur that were not readily available within 30 miles,” he continued. “We are pleased to offer our support to help them grow their business.”
“We would like to thank all those involved in helping us receive this grant,” stated Norine. “These programs are important and much needed for business people. There was a lot of work involved in getting this grant, but it is worth it.”
The Bountiful Harvest is located at 137 East Main St., Gouverneur and is open from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Friday and from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturday. For further information please call the store at 287-0044.