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Sunday, September 21, 2008

Eating and Buying Local

Yipee, there's a local food co-op available! Sarah at Seacoast Eat Local posted about this and I thought I'd pass it along to my readers as well. (Speaking of "my readers," be sure to sign up for my e-mail updates on the right hand side of this blog.)

Lenore of Rock-Op Local Foods Co-op has put this together, so be sure to head over and check out the post on Sarah's site. I will definitely be e-mailing Lenore. Thanks Sarah for posting about this!

Also, Seacoast Local has put together a nice little run down of why to eat and buy locally. Let me share with you what the very well put together card that was handed out at the Portsmouth Farmer's Market says:

Why local?
Businesses owned by local people who are free to make their own operating decisions benefit our community. They:

Give great service:
Independent business people genuinely love what they do, and have the ability to go above and beyond to make sure you are a satisfied customer--saving you time, money, and stress.

Contribute to our economic success
More money stays in our community when you patronize locally owned businesses than when you go to a national chain--money that is used to employ local people, support local nonprofits, and buy local products.

Create community
Independent businesses reflect the values and interests of the community, and often serve as gather places where you can meet neighbors, friends, and the owners of the business.

Offer unique goods and atmosphere
Local businesses and organizations offer goods and services that you might not be able to find anywhere else, helping make our area a vibrant, authentic place that is different from other places.

Give back to the community
Local businesses sponsor and participate in events benefiting the community, and donate goods and services to local nonprofits.

Improve our community's environment
Because they live here, local business owners see their businesses' impact on our environment and community, and have freedom to implement innovative programs to address these impacts.

Create great places to work
Local businesses have human-scale workplaces that value and involve their employees, and are flexible and fun places to work.

It's your choice
If you'd like to see these businesses that contribute to the livability and vitality of this area thrive, look for the Seacoast Buy Local logo on stores windows, pick up a directory, or search our marketplace listings.

Seacoast Buy Local
Think local first and change your world!
So be sure to check out the local food co-op and then head over to Seacoast Buy Local to find out about more stores in the area that have sustainable local practices.


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