I am very impressed with the support that High Country residents give the local merchants here in Boone and the surrounding areas. Wow, it seems to me like a local business wonderland. After living in three other states, two of which were considered rural areas, I don’t feel like I have experienced so much love when it comes to supporting one’s local economy. With that said, I just might be preaching to the choir, but for those new to the area, vacationing, or just haven’t gotten into the habit of purchasing goods from local merchants allow me to speak my case.
Let me start out by saying that I am in no way opposed to capitalism. Many of the large corporate names in the area add quite a few jobs. And even though common household names like Walmart aren’t by any means my favorite place to shop and I’m sure would never be my favorite place to work common corporate names do employ lots and lots of people in the area allowing them hopefully purchase from local merchants. I believe that small businesses should be enabled to grow as their owner sees fit to lead them. Isn’t that one of the great things about America?
The first reason that I buy local is probably a no brainer, but the food is amazingly fresher than purchasing it in any grocery store around. You are getting a better taste, way more nutritional value, fruits and vegetables are picked at their peak ripeness and not under ripened so that it will eventually arrive to you ripe. Plus, many local farmers reduce or don’t use pesticides, growth hormones and harmful chemicals on their produce and animals. This is all happy and fabulous news to a health nut myself. I am one that drowns myself in more than enough information with it comes to the harmful side affects of some of that junk in the foods we purchase. Plus, any products or other items I buy local I know are pure and handmade with love and care.
Another great reason would be building relationships. I love getting to know my local farmers. I get excited when I can visit the farm of the one who grows my food. I love purchasing goods from those whom I know and I can build a relationship with. I love it that I can appreciate their farming practices and the art that they practice. I feel as though we are all artists in one form or another and I love to appreciate the trades of these individuals. I love it when I know where my food comes from and that the farmer’s practice humane farming techniques.
It is a support of our local economy. Being a business owner myself, I hope that as I support local business owners they will also support me as well. Support of our local economy can not be outsourced. It is an important part of our mountain lives and I hope to help keep in business those whom I’ve grown in relationships with, who support me as a business owner and who take pride in the work that they do. I hope this may even enable them to grow their businesses as they desire so that they might also hire local individuals as well as help me grow my business and employ others in the future as well.
I love buying local and there are so many wonderful places to do it in the area. Don’t miss out on stopping by local farmer’s markets, local restaurants, Green Mother Goods, Blowing Rock Produce Provisions, and other local hot spots. Next time you are in need of something, anything to support your lifestyle make sure you consider a local merchant first!