Monday, March 31, 2014

Top 10 Reasons to #BuyLocal

Spring is here and the farmer’s markets are in full swing!

Nothing is better on a hot summer day – or any day – than a group of fresh veggies and fruit. Especially when they are picked fresh that morning and (mostly) free of preservatives and hormones. And because you are getting them fresh from a local farmer, they last longer too! No middle man or trips in the back of a truck (at least not very far).

Some farms offer a Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) share membership that will give you first dibs on the freshest in-season crops.  Our share is from North Pulaski Farms…for a reasonable up-front charge we get 12 weeks of fresh, locally-grown fruits and veggies. FANTASTIC!

And each week there is something new - unlike my boring list that always contained the same-old, same-old. I mean, there really are only so many ways you can cook a brussel sprout.

I also realize that you can’t always buy everything you need locally. The habit to get into is to “Think Local” first, then go shopping! And not just for your produce and fresh meats, but for hair products, outdoor gear and household services.

The Top 10 Reasons to Buy Local
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The top 10 reasons as researched by Sustainable Connections, one of North America’s leading non-profit organizations dedicated to developing sustainable local economies.

1. Healthy Economy: Several studies have shown that when you buy from an independent, locally owned business, rather than nationally owned businesses, significantly more of your money is used to make purchases from other local businesses, service providers and farms — continuing to strengthen the economic base of the community.

2. More Community Support: Non-profit organizations typically receive more support from smaller business owners than they do from large businesses.

3. Unique Communities: Where we shop, where we eat and have fun — all of it makes our community home. One-of-a-kind businesses are an integral part of this distinctive character. Local tourism based businesses also benefit because when people go on vacation they generally seek out destinations that offer them the sense of being someplace, not just anyplace.

4. Reduced Environmental Impact: Locally owned businesses can make more local purchases requiring less transportation and generally set up shop in town or city centers as opposed to developing on the fringe. This generally means contributing less to sprawl, congestion, habitat loss and pollution.

5. Job Creation: Small local businesses are the largest employer nationally and in our community and provide the most jobs to residents.

6. Better Service: Local businesses often hire people with a better understanding of the products they are selling and take more time to develop relationships with customers.

7. Community Investment: Local businesses are owned by people who live in the community. These business owners are less likely to leave and are considerably more invested in the community’s future.

8. Putting Your Tax Dollars to Good Use: Local businesses in town centers require comparatively little infrastructure investment and make more efficient use of public services as compared to nationally owned stores entering the community.

9. Buy What You Want. Not What Someone Wants You to Buy: A marketplace of tens of thousands of small local businesses is the best way to ensure innovation and low prices over the long-term. A multitude of small businesses, each selecting products based not on a national sales plan, but on their own interests and the needs of their local customers, guarantees a much broader range of product choices.

10. Encourage Local Prosperity: A growing body of economic research shows that in an increasingly homogenized world, entrepreneurs and skilled workers are more likely to invest and settle in communities that preserve their one-of-a-kind businesses and distinctive character.

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