5 Reasons to Buy Local and a Buy Local Cash Giveaway

Buying local is something that is near and dear to my heart. After working my first season as a vender at our local market this last summer, I can honestly say that I am extremely grateful for the folks who shopped at our local market. When they made a purchase at our stand, it helped to support our family
I was thrilled when I found out I had the opportunity to share a generous giveaway with you all to help promote buying local: $50 to one lucky winner to spend in your local community!

But first, why should you buy local?

1. Supports the local economy. By shopping local,  your money stays in the community and helps to provide an income to someone in your community. It provides a job in a tough economy. It supports the hard working farmers and work from home families that vend at market. I know that the money I just spent locally helped to pay a neighbor’s rent and another family’s groceries.
2. Builds community. Farmer’s Markets are an amazing space where people from all walks of like in a community come together. At my local market stand, I loved getting to meet people in our neighborhood that otherwise I had never interacted with in the six years we have lived here. Folks would chat about the happenings in the neighborhood, tell me about their grandchildren they were buying a hat for or stories about their canning experiences when they bought a Mason Jar Solar Lantern. We connected. We built community.  
3.  Reduces waste. Buying local drastically reduces the waste since the products do not have to be shipped in large boxes from out of state. The times we do shop online for things we can’t find locally, the items come to our house in boxes full of packaging materials. I try to reuse these materials when I ship out items I sell in my Etsy shop but not everyone does that and instead throw it in the trash.
4. Lower cost. Buying from your local market is more affordable because you don’t have to pay a mark-up like you would in the store to cover their overhead cost. You don’t have to pay for shipping fees like you do online. Sometimes you can even barter and trade with small market venders, which you can read more about here.
5. Feels good. Buying local always leaves me with a good feeling inside. I leave with a smile and a thank you from the family running their market stand. I feel good about the fact that my hard earned money I just spent is not supporting a huge corporation but my friends, neighbors and community. 
So now that you know WHY you should buy local, here’s your chance to win $50 to spend at your local market!

A big thanks goes to Denio’s Farmers Market And Swap Meet in Roseville, California for sponsoring this giveaway to promote buying from your local farmers markets!  

This giveaway was organized by The Reynolds Mom. Thank you to MaeGal, MontanaSolarCreations, Made In USA Challenge, Brittleby’s Corner, and Your Thriving Family for also participating in this giveaway and sharing why buying local is important to you!
Win It!
Thanks to Denio’s Farmers Market, one lucky winner will receive $50 CASH to support their local farmers market!!!
{Payable via PayPal}
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  1. says

    Buying locally is better for everyone.. including myself. fresh and and helps out small businesses! Share the loveeee. :)

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  2. Carolyn says

    At our farmer’s market, there are a couple of ladies who make bath scrubs and things like that. They use all local products. I would love to be able to purchase some Christmas gifts from them.

  3. says

    I choose to buy locally because I like to know exactly where my food is coming from. I can speak directly to the farmer or artisan that is making the product I am about to buy, and find out where they grow their food, what their farming practices are, etc.

  4. says

    Oh it is so very important to support your local farmers and growers, not to mention your local markets and stores. A very important message. I am in Canada and this advice crosses the borders for farmers. Local is fresh and supports you community.B

  5. says

    We always buy local to keep the wealth with the local organic farmers in the area with sustainable farm practices, happy animals that make happy meat, putting our money where our mouth is! Thanks for sharing on Natural Living Monday. You should link this up on my “Natural Living Sales and Giveaway” post too! People love giveaways! http://www.naturallivingmamma.com/2012/09/27/september-28th-natural-living-sales-and-giveaways/

  6. says

    Buying local really is important for all the reasons you’ve just described. It’s definitely a step in the right direction. I just wrote a post that complicates the discussion – hope to see you there :)

    thank you for sharing your post with us at the Wednesday Fresh Foods Link Up! I hope we’ll see you again this week with more amazing seasonal & real food posts. xo, kristy.

  7. says

    I believe in supporting our community, and as a small business owner myself, I believe in supporting small businesses. I love local produce much more than store bought. So much tastier, fresher, and healthier.

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