Though this series is only a few weeks old, the majority of my blog feedback since I posted about Coastal Coffee Company has been in response to local stuff, and it’s getting exciting! Other people are catching on that sometimes the best thing around isn’t the big-name from-the-city brand; it’s 20 minutes from you. It’s in the store with the homemade sign. It’s at the farmer’s market.
The little guys, though they often have the best products and services and events, are usually unable to compete with the marketing budgets of the big kahunas.
That’s where I come in, and other bloggers and local writers like myself. We need to be the voices for the local businesses, using our resources to promote them, to keep our rural and local communities alive.
Your job is to use your social media and your networks to share stories like the ones I post, and also to try local products, to visit farmer’s markets and farm produce stands, etc.
I heard on the CBC recently that if every household committed to buying something like 10 – 25% local goods, it would be the equivalent of taking several hundred cars off the road every year. That’s a lot of gas consumption and emissions we’d be preventing!
If you’re not sure where to start, check out the following:
- Shop in Huron
- Buy Local, Buy Fresh map
- Huron Perth Farm to Table
- Ontario’s West Coast for places to go, events, etc.
- Shakespeare to the Shoreline self-guided driving tours