I just returned from a trip to Austin, TX where I visited the downtown Farmers Market on Saturday. It was quite a bit bigger than our farmers market, which is to be expected, but not a lot different. Prices were a bit higher, but not as high as the ones I saw in San Francisco last year. They did have a few more choices, such as fresh Gulf fish and shrimp, grass-fed lamb, and many different kinds of cheese. They also had a landscaped area where volunteers were spreading bark mulch around. There were quite a few people running around hauling mulch in wheelbarrows from a big pile near the alley to the garden area where others were spreading it around with shovels and rakes. What a great idea—put up a sign that says “Volunteer Here.”
Austin has a slogan that I saw everywhere—“Keep Austin Weird—Support Local Businesses.” It made sense to me, but I wasn’t quite sure what they meant by keeping Austin weird, so I asked around and got lots of different explanations—not sure anyone really knows. But it seems that Austin lumps “green folks” and “hippies” in the same category—and since the “tie-dye” attire seems to be weird to them, they call us folks that want to support local economies “weird.” That’s ok, I’ve always considered myself to be “weirder” than most. I just hope it catches on everywhere before it’s too late. Well, here is Canon Co-op’s new slogan—“Grow Your Local Community.”
The new Federal Health Care Reform Act creates a new interagency council to promote healthy policies and to establish a national prevention and health promotion strategy by raising awareness of activities to promote health and prevent disease. In my opinion, this would include shopping at farmer’s markets and local businesses, buying organic and getting out and being active, such as volunteering in community gardens. As Adelle Davis said—“As I see it, every day you do one of two things: build health or produce disease in yourself “ and “If this country is to survive, the best-fed-nation myth had better be recognized for what it is: propaganda designed to produce wealth but not health.” For more of Adelle Davis’ quotes click here http://adelledavis.org/quotations
Just remember it is so important to support the building of a deep local economy using local food as the driver. Think about it:
When you hand the Starbucks clerk a $5 bill, say good-bye. It’s on its way to Seattle. When you hand a locally owned coffee shop your money, a much higher portion of that re-circulates into the Canon City economy.
When you choose the big brands, you are enriching corporations and their shareholders. When you select local products—especially at locally owned food stores, you are creating local jobs.
When you purchase directly from the farmers market or farm stand, you are reducing our dependence on foreign oil and chemically addicted industrial agricultural corporations . . . and you are building community as you meet and establish ongoing relationships with those local vendors.
When you dine at one of our many independent restaurants—especially those who source local food—you are supporting the entire local food and supply chain. When you dine at chain restaurants, you are likely sending your dollars to some remote location for food and supplies that have traveled back and forth around the globe.
GROW YOUR LOCAL COMMUNITY