If you’re looking for reasons to buy local, there are so many! I am a big advocate of local/organic purchasing, but sometimes it’s hard because I want to lower my carbon foot print yet don’t want to forgo organic and quality… It can be confusing. I do shop at the grocery store like most people, and I find myself picking up produce there just for the convenience factor. I then leave the store wanting to kick myself because I truly dislike the quality and the price of most produce at the ‘big stores,’ not to mention the fact that I hate the pesticides and fossil fuel it takes to package/ship the products.
I do take the family to Bearss Groves, which is a local fresh produce market near me. I love it because they have friendly people who work there, it’s clean, and the produce is fresh. Every time I go there I’m happy because I know I’ve “done good” for the environment, but today I was also reminded how much I love it there because of the price! I got 3 different kinds of grapes (one was a huge bin of organic!), 2 kinds of plums, zucchini, bananas, eggplant, sun-dried tomatoes, 2 kinds of apples, green beans, sugar snap peas, apricots, brussel sprouts, and eggs. In my head I thought out what it would be at the grocery store, and I’m sure it would have been over $55… I got it all for $31! That’s amazing!
I know everyone is looking to save money any way they can, and I wholeheartedly believe that shopping local can help. No only will it save you money, but it’s also something you can feel good about too. How many things can you say that about nowadays?