Why Support Local, How It Benefits Us In Multiple Ways & What Does It Exactly Mean?
There is no surprise that Ethical Table loves supporting #local. We promote hard for our local investment all over our business platforms through collaborations with other small businesses, product use and showcasing some of the incredible ingredients grown in our community. But why is it so important for us all to support more #local? We have broken down our long list down to our top five reasons as to why supporting #local benefits us and our community in more ways than one.
Locally owned businesses are everywhere, and more recently they have been placed in the spotlight as the better option when it comes to choosing where to invest our time and money. Choosing local means putting money back in your communities economic future and supporting small families or young entrepreneurs in their success. As choosing local can be applied in many areas of our day-to-day life, we decided to focus on the food and beverage side of things to narrow our top five reasons to support local.
It’s important to support local eateries to keep their doors open & dreams flourishing
top five reasons
feed your body with nutrients
Eating fresh has a whole new meaning when it comes to purchasing locally grown versus grocery store bought. Fruits and vegetables lose their optimal nutrient value as soon as their picked which means all those mighty vitamins and minerals decrease. Food that is in the grocery stores, even organic, has spent days or weeks traveling to get to where it’s available for us to purchase. Depending on where the fruit and vegetables are being transported from, they may pass borders which go through irrigation systems to prevent contamination from country-to-country. When we choose local, we are making a statement to our body and others that we care what we put into ourselves. Chances are that those beautiful heirloom tomatoes were picked minutes to hours before you bought them at your communities farmer’s market which means serious antioxidants, immune-boosting vitamin C and heart-healthy vitamin K (just to name a few)! Basically, by eating more locally and seasonally you are providing your body with a heck of a lot more nourishment and better-tasting food, no questions asked.
Love Is Put Into The Business
Many small businesses that open are initially (and sometimes indefinitely) operated by the owner who most likely started their venture in a higher risk category. Whether it is a chain restaurant or corporate clothing company, the quality is usually poorer and the carbon footprint is always larger due to mass production (not to mention a lot of bigger branded names use sweatshops aka child labor). Dedication is always put into creating a concept and day-to-day business operations that will help drive consumers to support their loved business. By supporting your local eatery for that craft brew and braised elk taco, you’re ultimately supporting someone’s creativity and passion. Depending on where you are, menu’s reflect the communities flavors, personality, dreams, diversity, and dedication… now that’s what I’m talking about.
Investing your money into businesses that started from love, dreams and opportunities give people who truly have achievable goals the chance to flourish and keep their doors successfully opened for longer.
Local businesses are owned and operated by our neighbors who often share the same mentality to support local, therefore, keeping the money within the community in. By supporting more local restaurants, craft breweries, wineries, and farmers, we are investing in our own economic future versus the larger corporations/chains who typically have out-of-country shareholders, investors and rich CEO’s who are driven solely by the success of growing numbers. By buying your green kale from farmer Joe instead of Safeway, you can help put money into pockets who are trying to make a living out of doing something good for the world and our bodies.
Travel time for our food not only impacts the nutrient levels they have but also the sustainable impact of our future. By reducing the transportation of foreign ingredients or out-of-season produce, you are also reducing fossil fuel usage and greenhouse gases. Consciously choosing ingredients that are in season is a great first start to have a more sustainable impact in your community. Finding brands that are made in your country, credential sourcing for their ingredients, and is mindful of their packaging options is another great way to reduce unnecessary energy usage and fossil fuels. Another small shift in the right direction is purchasing organic as much as possible. Organic production uses less energy consumption and, therefore, fossil fuel consumption and greenhouse gas emissions, are less than that in conventional systems. How could this be? Well, the improved energy efficiency in organic systems is mostly due to the lower (or zero) fertilizer and pesticide use, which accounts for half of the energy input in some conventional produce. Let’s all support to keep the seasonal, local, organic farmers farming!
Small restaurants and eateries, craft breweries and wineries, and all the farmer’s planting the next best seeds - you’re keeping the innovative magic alive. You no longer only expect perfectly shiny orange carrot’s to be the only option at your local market, but rather two-legged purple ones that have more flavour that you ever expected. The local eatery is more likely to have a variety of different options and flavours that came from trying to innovate new product. Small businesses have to work extra hard to stay on top of things, and therefore they have to always create new and exciting things for their consumers. They think up eccentric events and marketing to draw in their own personalized clientele and staff - keeping it real and raw. Products you acquire from smaller businesses are usually always unique and more personalized.
Ethical Table believes in supporting local to provide nourishment from the community back to the community. Creating more sustainable impacts by keeping the dreams alive, food on the table, thriving economy, and communities that support each other is what it’s all about.