Benefits of Buying Local
Posted on Saturday, July 30th, 2011 at 6:12 am
Buying locally is a great way to support your community, make long-lasting relationships, and promote sustainability. But did you know that by buying locally you can also save money and receive better quality products and services?
Reasons to Buy Local Products:
In most cases, you will get more product for your money when you buy products that are either locally grown or manufactured. While big name brands tend to use misleading packaging tactics to trick you into thinking you are getting more, local brands tend to stay true to their appearance (and often cost less). So, the lesson here is that you can stretch your dollar and get more for your money with many local products.
Another good reason to buy local product is the peace of mind you will get from knowing where your food comes from. For example, if you buy your produce from Walmart, you can never be sure where it came from, who it was handled by, and how long ago it was harvested. On the other hand, if you buy your produce from a local grower, you can rest assured it hasn’t traveled from a far away land, and thus it is probably much fresher.
Where to Find Local Products:
Farmer’s markets are a great place to find locally grown produce and support your local farmers. I always find the quality of produce sold at my local farmer’s market to far exceed the quality of produce at the big box stores. Farmer’s markets are also a great place to connect with other people in your community.
You can usually find local products in locally owned markets and grocery stores as well. Look for signs and labels indicating local products, or ask a store employee where you can find local products. For example, even my local Albertsons has various sections of local products, such as local wine and produce.
Did you know that local honey and bee pollen can help reduce and prevent allergy symptoms? Local honey can, in fact, function as a powerful allergy buster and immunity booster. The closer you live to where the honey is produced, the better. How much local honey should you consume per day to fight allergies? Depending on the severity of your allergy symptoms, 1-3 spoonfuls per day should do the trick.