Have you noticed that your daily drive through familiar towns has changed? A lot of small towns have seen businesses lock their doors, once-happy houses have big red For-Sale signs up, and people are scarce to be seen. This recession seems to have pinned the American people under it’s all-encompassing thumb, and it seems like there’s nothing we can do. Or, is there?

Even if there’s plenty of money in the bank (good for you!), the recession guilt is creeping up on everyone. Going out and buying something doesn’t quite hold the same allure it once did, and lavish shoppers and pennypinchers alike are keeping purchases to a minimum. When it comes to buying food, though, what’s the best course of action?

Just a few moments ago, I was hedging about my grocery list – what to buy, where to buy it, how much (or how little) to spend? As I was ruffling through my drawers for a pocket-sized notebook to scribble my thoughts in, I found fate in the form of a thin paper bookmark.
“The Ten Dollar Solution”, the Buy Fresh Buy Local PA bookmark reads. Intrigued, I read on.

“If every household in Pennsylvania spent $10 a week on regionally produced food, $48 million dollars would stay in the local economy each week.”

The well-placed piece of heavenly information goes on to extol the value of locally produced food – it’s tasty, safe, keeps our rolling farms beautifully endowed with veggies, and even generates job opportunities. Instead of scrimping on generic cans of green beans, why not grab the real thing and encourage your friends to do the same? When you go out to eat, dine at an establishment that uses meats and poultry from a farm down the road. Buy wine at that vineyard you always hear your farm friends chat about. Keep it local.

Check out the local chapter of Buy Fresh Buy Local and find great resources for farmers markets, restaurants, farms and wineries just minutes from your front step.