Buying Local

Let’s think about moving onwards in declaring our independence from the corporate/industrialized giants. These people (as per the Supreme Court) have no other relationship with you or the products they’re trying to market to you except your money and their bottom line. At a local market, you meet the folks behind the products, and they care about pleasing you.Screen Shot 2012-09-20 at 9.45.22 PM

One way start to do this might be by making a commitment to yourself and your loved ones to buy/eat locally grown and produced products or food wherever and whenever possible, if you’re not doing so already. Take it a step further by stopping at each vendor booth and introducing yourself. Ask questions about where they’re from, how they grow or produce their wares, but just as importantly, ask them why they do it. You’ll find it’s not just about the bottom line.

A lot of these folks have put a seed in the ground months ago, nurtured it daily and turned it into something wonderful, or some may have raised that animal, baked those items from scratch, or personally created and crafted something beautiful that they’re offering up for sale to you, the consumer. That’s exactly the way it should work. These are your neighbors; they have a vested interest in the quality of their wares and your satisfaction, much like the small shops of yesteryear where the owners knew you and had a personal interest in making sure your needs were meet in a fair and friendly manner. This is something to be nurtured and cherished. It can’t happen unless all parties participate.

If you would like to read more on the subject, here is an article from Organic Gardening by Robert Rodale: “It’s Time for a New Declaration of Independence.”

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