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The Benefits of Buying Local

Benefits of Buying Local
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The benefits of supporting local businesses run deeper than merely putting money back into the local economy. What good does buying locally do?

  • It stimulates the local economy. A study done in Texas showed that for every $100 that was spent in a chain bookstore, only $13 of it was put back into the local economy. But that same $100 spent at a local, independently owned bookstore put $45 back into the local economy. Think of that next time you're deciding to get your coffee from a large chain or the local corner coffee house.
  • It helps locals keep their jobs. Most people who work in local businesses live locally. By buying from these places, you help your neighbors keep their jobs and that benefits your whole community.
  • Local businesses give back locally. Do you know who sponsors the little league and softball teams in your town? I do. The local corner coffee house, the corner bar, the independent ice cream parlor(is it beginning to sound like I live in Mayberry? It's not a bad comparison). I also know who donates gift certificates and baskets when the PTA is holding an auction or someone is holding a beef and beer night to raise money for a local cancer patient. It's the same businesses that sponsor my sons' sports teams. By supporting these businesses, I help ensure that they can support the community.
  • It's good for the environment. Less auto emissions occur when you're going only a few blocks (you could even walk or ride your bike) for what you need vs. traveling miles away to a big box store. If enough people buy locally, it could actually prevent a big box store — which usually devours open space and requires new roads to be built — from infiltrating your community.

    If you're buying locally grown food, it’s really good for the environment because you're helping the small farmers keep their farms operational instead of shutting down and selling to developers.
  • It promotes a sense of community. If you want to get to know your neighbors and others in your community, supporting the local businesses is a great way to do that. Going into my local coffee house is like walking into Cheers. I know the baristas and they know my name; there's one guy who is there every morning who always knows more about what I'm talking about than I do (or so he thinks); I run into other stay-at-home or work-at-home parents during the day; and the coffee is really good.

Robin Shreeves, MNN, http://www.mnn.com/featured-blogs/rshreeves

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Anxious, Westfield NJ
Should have also said that I'm getting very concerned about fruits and vegetables as more often when I buy russet potatoes I'm finding a larger number with large black spots inside. Cucumbers that don't taste anything like cucumbers. Cantaloupe which is dreadful and same for honeydew melon. Bananas are sketchy quite often where large black spots have to be cut out of the banana. I also use Bragg's Apple Cider Vinegar in a tonic and not sure that's still working. The honey that I use in the tonic is now $17 a bottle and it's not even organic.
5/14/2017 2:03:00 AM
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Anxious, Westfield NJ
I'm a Vegan and would really prefer a farm which is just involved with vegetables - not animals.
5/14/2017 1:59:00 AM
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sassass, Corbett OR
I am looking for the freshest meat around Corbett. Chicken , fish, beef, pork etc. Oh and eggs, mmm need some fresh eggs.
5/8/2016 8:47:00 PM
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