Yesterday morning I needed to be in town to pick up my co-op order. Afterwards I went by the farmers market. The last time I went there wasn’t much available yet but yesterday I scored:
- new potatoes
- green beans
- yellow squash
- and even a few small peaches
I love buying our produce from the local farmers markets for several reasons:
- I’m supporting small, local farms rather than agribusiness.
- A larger percentage of my money stays in the community.
- I have the opportunity to ask the farmer how the food was grown.
- Just picked produce tastes SO much better.
- It’s a pleasurable experience and I meet some lovely people.
I’m a proponent of buying locally as much as possible, for all purchases, not just produce. It’s not always possible in a small town, however. Our shopping options are somewhat limited. Walmart is the major shopping option for many items but I quit shopping there several years ago.
I do order quite a bit from Amazon which makes me feel a little guilty but I try to only order things that I cannot buy locally.
My desire is to help small, locally owned businesses stay in business. They are the lifeblood of our community and I want to do my part to help them stay in business.
What about you? Do you try to “buy local”? Why or why not? Leave me a comment and let’s talk about it. And now I’m going to go have one of those lovely peaches I bought yesterday.
Have a beautiful day!
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