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How to Buy Local 2022

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Buying locally is great for your whole town—it helps boost the local economy, and even makes your community more sustainable. Don't worry—there are tons of ways you can support your local businesses. We've put together some ideas and hacks to help you on your next shopping trip.

Steps

Method 1 of 9:Stop by a farmer's market.

21224COMING SOON1Check online to see which farmer's markets are in your area. These shops are a great way to enjoy fresh produce while also supporting your local farming community. Double-check when the marketplace opens and closes, as some shops are only open on the weekend.

Bring cash with you whenever you shop at a farmer's market, since they might not accept card.

Method 2 of 9:Buy seasonal produce.

27286COMING SOON1Seasonal produce is more likely to come from a local seller. Check online to see which fruits and veggies are in season; this way, you'll have a better shot at supporting a local business. Feel free to reference this site for help: https://www.seasonalfoodguide.org.

Method 3 of 9:Eat at farm-to-table restaurants.

23248COMING SOON1Farm-to-table restaurants get their ingredients from local farms. So, whenever you eat at this kind of restaurant, you're actually supporting multiple local businesses! Check online to see what farm-to-table eateries are near you.

Method 4 of 9:Pick up fresh seafood.

16171COMING SOON1You can get lots of fresh fish from local fishermen. If you live near the coast, see if your local fishing community holds any special fishermen's markets. Other locals may sell their fish and seafood directly off the boat.

Method 5 of 9:Sign up for Community Supported Agriculture (CSA).

21223COMING SOON1CSA lets you get weekly produce from local farms. Sign up with a local CSA so you can enjoy fresh produce frequently. You'll also be supporting your local community!

You can find a nearby CSA here: https://www.localharvest.org.

Local fishing communities have a similar program known as a Community Supported Fishery (CSF).

Method 6 of 9:Frequent a local bookstore.

12135COMING SOON1Shop at an independent bookstore instead of a big-name one. Look online to see what kinds of bookstores are near you. When you have some free time, stop by the bookshop and see if any titles strike your fancy.

Method 7 of 9:Use eBay.

161710COMING SOON1Narrow down your search via your zip code. This is a great way to see what's being sold in your community. If you can, buy something from a local seller instead of a more popular store.

Method 8 of 9:Check Craigslist.

39406COMING SOON1Select your location by state, region, or city. Then, type in whatever product you're searching for. Lots of local people post listings on Craigslist every day, so this is a great place to check.

Method 9 of 9:Browse Facebook Marketplace.

36375COMING SOON1Hit the “Marketplace” tab on Facebook. Then, specify the category, location, and price range you'd prefer. Use these search terms to find local sellers and goods in your community!