It’s that time of year again! The Christmas tree is up, the lights are twinkling, and you are trying to figure out what to get the special ones in your life for Christmas. While your first inkling may be to start browsing online or visiting big box stores like Walmart & Macy’s, we have a better idea – shop local! There are so many benefits to supporting local small businesses and producers, and we would like to highlight just a few this holiday season.
1) Support the Local Economy
One of the biggest benefits to shopping local is you are pouring your dollars back into YOUR local economy. What this does is provide more jobs and long-term sustainability for the economy, as well as enable your tax dollars to actually benefit you because the bulk of what you spend will stay local.
2) Know Where & Who You Are Purchasing From
Shopping locally allows you to better understand the products you are purchasing. You can ask questions, find out more about how products were made, grown, or sourced and hear more of the heart behind these local businesses. You can be proud of the purchases you are making because you get to develop an actual relationship with your small business owners and vendors and know the processes behind the products that you buy.
3) Product Variety & Quality
Let’s be honest – they just don’t make ‘em like they used to! Supporting local artisans and craftsman allows your gifts not only have a story, but also be individual and of the highest quality. When you buy handmade spoons or original pottery, you know that there is not another piece in the world like it because it was carefully and intentionally made by hand. There is also more variety at the local level, because local businesses are more in touch with what you actually want, whereas big box retailers purchase and sell the same merchandise all over the country regardless of what region you are in.
We hope you will consider shopping locally with us this holiday season! Farmer’s Market of the Ozarks is open year-round and we have tons of local products and produce to meet all of your holiday needs.