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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I buy local as much as possible. Almost everything I personally eat comes from either one of the local fruit and veg suppliers (be it the store just up the road, or the stall at the market they have in town most Thursdays) or the local corner store. Anything I can’t get from either of those places usually comes from either the local co-op or one of the health food stores in town.
We do use one of the bigger supermarkets for some of hubby’s stuff though, because he just can’t get some of it in the other places.
Deanna Piercy says
Our options are rather limited here but I try to shop locally when I can. It’s not always possible, though.
I think the fact you make an effort counts for a lot.