Do you know where that package of beef you recently bought was originally raised at? Or the owner of the company that you bought that pair of jeans from? What about that bouquet of flowers for your kitchen table?
Chances are, if they were bought from a large corporate store, you don’t.
It also means your local butcher lost a sale that may have been needed to put food on the table for his family.
Your friend that owns a boutique may feel unsupported.
And the flowers from your local greenhouse won’t get to be shown off.
It also means you don’t know the additives put into the items you’re buying.
Shopping local is more than just making a purchase, it’s reigniting growth and support into your community so that it can prosper.
Shopping local means you know where your products are coming from.
Shopping local means you’re building a relationship and investing in that business.
Shopping local means you’re giving your hard earned money to another hard working individual who is passionate, and not a corporation.
Shopping local means you’re committed to your community.
And most importantly, shopping local (should) make you feel good.
Through the execution of farmers markets over the past 15 years, FFM has rooted itself in the traditions of our rural heritage and provided a base from which our farmers, food producers, and neighbors grow and thrive.