This is another short post that will go right to the point – buy local. As obvious as this is, it’s good to be reminded of basic principles/truthisms from time to time. This post was sparked by a recent experience that I wanted to share. There’s a food stand on the highway about 2-3 blocks from us. We go past it every day. I noticed they had some rather unusual looking mangoes for sale, but never stopped for a close look. The other day my girlfriend bought some and said they were really good even though the peels are partially green. (Normally a sign they’re not ripe.) I wasn’t expecting much because they’re not nearly as perfect looking as commercially available mangoes, which are delicious. [I confess to being fooled by appearances.] The mango I tried was about half the size of store-bought. Little did I know I was in for the best mango of my life.
After cutting it open I knew right away it was going to be a treat. The fruit inside was a deep orange color, in contrast to pale yellow commercial mangoes, and quite aromatic. The flavor was rich and very sweet — absolutely the best mango ever for me. Needless to say we’ve stocked up on mangoes from this food stand. Not only are they the best tasting mangoes, they’re also far less expensive. They’re half the cost of supermarket mangoes, and one-third less than mangoes from farmer’s markets. Buying local means we’re getting fresh picked produce with all the nutrients intact. Produce is highly perishable and quickly loses nutrients. Who knows where the store-bought mangoes came from and how they were grown. Most everything is sprayed and grown with chemical fertilizers nowadays. And, think of all the energy wasted in transporting food from afar. Plus, we’re supporting our neighbors and keeping our money circulating in the community tax free. Buying locally means our neighbors, who we get to know better in the process, will be inclined to grow and sell more produce in the future. Same is true with buying building materials and other items if possible. We all benefit by being happier and healthier. Buying local is the right thing to do.
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