Community Agriculture Alliance: Shop local for the holidays
October 31, 2013
Steamboat Springs — Nov. 9 is the Hometown Holiday Local Products Shopping Gala sponsored by the Community Agriculture Alliance. This wonderful community event is the perfect opportunity to get a jump on holiday gift shopping and to treat yourself. More than 20 local producers will attend with their local products on display and for sale. Stop by, shop and meet the passionate, caring, talented local people who make, grow and bake local products. From soaps and lotions to jewelry and local food, there truly is something for everyone. And if that's not enough to get you motivated to come, here are the top 10 reasons to shop local:
• When you spend a dollar locally, it multiplies. Locally owned businesses tend to do business with other locally owned businesses. They bank locally, advertise in local newspapers and purchase local services such as accounting and printing. They hire local employees and pay local taxes. Each time a dollar is respent in the local economy, it's like new income, creating a multiplier effect, rather than leaking out of our community.
• Community ownership. Local business owners live and invest in their community. They care about our community where they live, produce and work.
• Local producers and owners are local contributors. These are the businesses and products that give back to our local nonprofits not only financially but with in-kind donations and their volunteer time. They support our schools, sports teams and countless other organizations. They serve as volunteers, on boards and attend our events.
• Maintain uniqueness. Our local businesses and products are an integral part of what makes our valley unique. It adds that special something extra and helps define who we are as a community.
• Know you producer, farmer and business owner. Talk directly with the person making, baking, growing and creating the product you are purchasing. Ask them questions, develop a relationship and learn what makes their products special. If you have a problem or question, they will fix it and stand behind their products.
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• Reduced environmental impact. When products are made or grown here, transportation costs are reduced, which is a win-win for economic and environmental impact.
• It's fun. Grab some friends, a neighbor or family member and have a good time shopping together. Meet the great local producers and talk, laugh and shop.
• A wide range of unique, affordable products. You'll be surprised at the diversity of local products and dispel the myth that they cost more.
• It's good for you. Get out from behind your computer, phone or tablet and walk around while shopping for local products. If nothing else, you'll feel good about supporting our local producers.
• It's easy. Mark your calendar, put it in your phone and don't miss this event from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Nov. 9 at Library Hall in Steamboat Springs.
For more information, call the Community Agriculture Alliance at 970-879-4370 or visit http://www.communityagalliance.org.
Michele Meyer is a local food and product coordinator for Community Agriculture Alliance.