Week 2 – Shop Local

Well Tassievores – we are kicking off our challenge for Week 2 – shopping at locally owned businesses. And so many great places to choose from!  Have a look at our Local Food Directory for ideas. This is not a comprehensive list at all – just a few suggestions of some local stores to visit to find some delicious products. We would love to hear about the many others.

Shopping locally is good for so many reasons.  It is good for the community – you get to know the people living and working in your local area and feel more connected.  It is good for you – shopping at locally owned businesses means that you will likely have better access to information about your food, where it comes from, who grew it and how it was raised. Locally owned businesses are generally more responsive to requests from customers about what they would like to see stocked.  And, very importantly, It is good for the economy!

There is a theory called the “Local Economic Multiplier Effect“, which has been publicised by American Economist, Micheal Shumen. Basically, study’s have shown that buying local products at locally owned businesses keeps money circulating closer to where you live. This creates a ripple effect as those businesses and their employees in turn spend their money locally. It is estimated that local businesses return more than 3 times the amount of money back into the local economy, compared to corporate chains or other absentee-owned businesses.

We are so lucky in Tasmania that we do still have many small locally owned businesses.  Even if you live in an area that has limited local food outlets, you can choose the Tasmanian brands on offer by the larger chains.  And there’s always swapping over the fence 🙂

So, please get out there and support your local! One of them, Hill St Grocer have generously donated some local goodies for this week’s prize hamper so, get shopping, share your stories and upload those photos to our facebook page for your chance to win!!

Thanks to everyone for contributing to our Week 1 stories…there were some fabulous firsts shared – from pickling and raw zucchini noodles to roasted dandelion tea as a coffee substitute.  We have been truly inspired by your stories, please keep them coming!

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