Saturday, July 12, 2008

Day 5 of National Downshifting Week: Buy Local

Day 5 of National Downshifting Week is about supporting local food markets and independent businesses. If you are still looking for a compelling reason to do so, rent The End of Suburbia or borrow it from your local library system. Locally owned shops and vibrant markets form the backbone of our communities; they need our support more than ever before. By making one new purchasing decision each week that favors local seasonal produce or independently-owned business, you are helping to breathe new life into these precious resources.

If you are lucky enough to know a local artist or producer of just about anything (furniture, pottery, jams and jellies, music, etc.), please consider buying from these folks the next time you need something. Research shows that more money is circulated in the community when we support our local producers, rather than having profits go to some centralized corporate office far away. Plus these are the people that give our community it's unique flair and make it feel like home.

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