Do you remember selling home-made lemonade as a kid? While your mom or dad helped you make a pitcher of fresh-squeezed lemons sweetened with sugar, your “business partner” was setting up a rickety folding table in the front yard, and making signs.
I wonder how many of these kids (including you and me) wound up entrepreneurs, owning our own businesses or local farms?
Well, if you were one of those kind people who stopped to buy that fresh-made lemonade, then you probably still shop at your local farmer’s markets and at family-run, small-town businesses.
Hat’s Off to you!
Shop Local Businesses
Local and family run businesses are what made the US an economic leader, but today, the tables have turned. (Sorry for the pun.) Large corporations are making it tough for the small business owner and local farmer, so we all need to shop locally to support these local businesses.
I’d rather help a neighborhood business pay the bills, and reward a family business’s core efforts to produce and provide a service than pay a mega-corporation that produces assembly-line products. A local business owner is putting his kids through college; a mega-corporation doesn’t even know the names of their employees.
I live in a southern Texas town with more local businesses than big-corp stores. There are vacuum cleaner repair shops, clock and watch repair shops, small pet stores, family-run barber shops and beauty salons, upholstery shops, seamstress and tailor shops. There are wedding boutiques, local hardware stores, tire repair shops, and farmer’s markets everywhere.
The more we support small, local business, the less we support the mega-big corps.
Your Local Farmer’s Market
The fruits and vegetables that you buy at a farmer’s market are the freshest and tastiest available.
One of the benefits of local foods is that the fruits and veggies are allowed to ripen fully in the field, which is important in the growing process. Local foods are brought directly to you without long-distance shipping, no gassing to simulate the ripening process, and no sitting for weeks in storage.
This food is as real as it gets—fresh from the farm.
Most of the food found in mega-grocery stores is highly processed and grown using pesticides, hormones, antibiotics, and genetic modification. Some of the fruits and vegetables have been irradiated, waxed, or gassed in transit. These practices can have negative effects on human health.
On the flip side, most of the food found at local farmer’s markets is minimally processed, and many farmers go to great lengths to grow the most nutritious produce possible by using sustainable techniques, picking produce right before market, and growing heirloom varieties (NON GMO).
So, buy local as much as you can. Encourage young people to become entrepreneurs. Spend your money on quality foods and hand-crafted products and services. It saves you money in the long run because you will spend less on doctor bills and OTC meds!
Here’s to your health!
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