Shopping locally is a movement that is sweeping across the community. Local shoppers are taking a step back from market-dominating chain stores and instead opting for a more personal and engaging experience in local stores. This change in shopping behaviours has risen as consumers continue to gain knowledge about the benefits of shopping local. Whilst the benefits are innumerable, the top five benefits of shopping locally can be seen below.
1. Fresh Seasonal Produce
Fresh, seasonal produce comes with a range of health benefits. Firstly the nutritional value of fresh produce is always higher in seasonal fruit and vegetables, since they are grown in optimal conditions and are picked at peak time in the growth cycle. Furthermore, seasonal produce provides your body with what it actually needs during that time of year. Winter produce contains the necessary vitamins and minerals to survive cold weather and sickness that comes with it. Whilst summer produce contains nutrients that hydrates your body and alkalise your systems.
2. Better For The Environment
Shopping at local fruit stores means most of what you’re buying is locally grown. This results in fewer emissions from long-haul transport, reduced packaging waste, fewer chemicals and less fuel consumption. All of this helps to improve our environmental footprint on the planet.
3. Support Your Local Community
By shopping locally you are supporting the local economy. The money you spend will go to local businesses whose revenue will be injected back into your community. Furthermore, by keeping local stores in business you are helping create jobs for local citizens. On top of this, many local stores are a communal hub for events and activities. Supporting your local ensures your community stays engaged and vibrant.
4. Better For Your Family’s Health
With less time spent travelling, local produce requires less chemical additives. Reduced travel time also means produce can be harvested closer to peak growth making them more nutritious. Produce travelling further is usually harvested early to avoid it ripening before hitting the shelves. There’s a lower chance of contamination during travel and often, local producers enforce much harsher regulations and standards. Local stores focus on seasonal vegetables which are more nutrient dense due to being grown in prime conditions.
Seasonal produce means fruit and veg can be sold at a lower price due to high supply levels. Furthermore, local stores are at liberty to offer discounts of their choice to regular customers. A greater number of local stores drives up the competition which results in cheaper produce as individual owners try to draw customers into their respective stores.
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