Community Purchasing Power
You’ve probably heard us talk about buying from local suppliers once, twice or a dozen times. That’s because spending money in our community is important to us and in this blog, we'd like to explain why:
1) Buying Local Benefits Our Health
Eating locally grown foods often means we’re eating seasonal foods. The benefit here is the diverse range of nutrients, fibres, vitamins and probiotics we’re providing our bodies.
We especially love working with some of our smaller scale farms that grow organically and regeneratively. McIntosh Farms, Loco Fields, Fertile Ground Farm, Little Fields Farm and Bowman's Organics are regular suppliers and we love working with them!
2) Economic Benefit of Buying Locally
Buying from local businesses is an economic boost to our community. When we spend money within our community our money can, in turn, be re-spent locally through a network of businesses and residents. This re-circulation of our money within our community has the opportunity to create more economic activity like job creation, wage and benefit increases, the building of public infrastructures like libraries and schools, and additional contributions to local nonprofits.
3) Buying Local contributes to the variety and liveliness of Downtown Kitchener
We have so many “One-of-a-kind” businesses that are a fundamental part of the distinctive character that gives DTK a charming atmosphere. Independent businesses define our community’s self-image and create a sense of pride for the people living here (at least, we believe so). Our local businesses are unique and original, providing us with so many options to eat different foods, learn new things, give meaningfully and grow in different ways.
4) Buying Local Reduces our Environmental Impact
Local businesses require less transportation and fewer vehicle miles travelled which leads to less traffic congestion. This has the potential to reduce the amount of fuel emission that contributes to air pollution and generally means contributing to less wildlife habitat loss and pollution. And with a shorter distance travelled, businesses don’t require as much packaging. Less packaging means less waste and less demand on landfill sites. Bonus!
5) And our favourite - Buying Local Builds Community Relationships
People are the heart and soul of any community. When we buy locally we have the opportunity to share in the stories, values, lessons, concerns and dreams that each business owner holds. We get to connect with real people to learn, share and grow from. This creates a liveliness that enriches our daily lives. We can, in turn, share our values, stories, lessons, concerns and dreams. And when we share like this, we all benefit. There is a sense of understanding and the feeling of being heard.
All-in-all, community relationships provide a sense of belonging, togetherness and collaboration for something bigger than ourselves. It’s freakin’ beautiful!
Whatever your reason is for buying local, we'd like to let you know that we appreciate your business at Legacy Greens!