Benefits of Grocery Shopping Locally

Local markets, produce stands, and small specialty shops are all great places to get fresh, local ingredients, food and treats. Buying your ingredients locally benefits everyone. Some of the benefits of shopping locally include:

  • Try before you buy: local markets allow you to try things like cheese, sauce, soup, and even produce before you buy. It is a great way to diversify your grocery shopping by trying new things, and a great way to be economical.
  • Local economy: the impacts of your money on the local economy is significantly more than the impact it has when you shop at a big box store.
  • Tax benefits: in the long run, and in the big picture, leveraging and contributing to the local economy can actually help lower your taxes. This is because, in short, more local business means more tax revenue and less taxes for you individually.
  • Environmental: local products lessen the need for shipping and transportation, a source of pollution. Local products also frequently use less chemicals and are more sustainable.
  • Ethical: you know exactly where your produce comes from. The smiling face that sells you your tomatoes at the market is likely the same face that picked, or played a role in harvesting them. This means you are supporting fair wages, and agreeable working conditions, and making an ethical decision.
  • Value: The prices of local produce are often lower than large chain stores because of less overheads and no frills at a local market or specialty store. The value and quality is often better as well.

As you can see, there are many reasons for you to start, or continue, shopping locally. It is a great way to meet people in your community and to feel good about what you are buying. The benefits are endless, and it is a great alternative to big box stores.