Regular readers know that I place a high value on supporting LOCAL businesses, events, non-profits, shops, artists, wineries, restaurants, and LOCAL everything.
When it comes to my personal spending habits, I put my money where my mouth is and purchase LOCAL goods and services from independent business owners, many of whom are my neighbors and many of whom are supporters of this publication.
I shop close-to-home and avoid online shopping whenever possible. When looking for a product or service, I favor Jacksonville businesses first, then Rogue Valley ones, and finally those based in Oregon. One caveat: I’m willing to pay a LOCAL “fair” price for everything from gasoline to groceries to keep my LOCAL dollars circulating in my community so long as the price tag is not totally out of whack. Supporting out-of-state corporate-owned stores does very little to help the LOCAL economy, job market and overall health of the Rogue Valley.
As always, I urge my readers to join me by dining in LOCAL restaurants, shopping in LOCAL stores, drinking wines from LOCAL wineries, purchasing gifts from LOCAL gift shops and buying fresh produce from LOCAL farmers. Yes, I said LOCAL farmers – like the ones at the Jacksonville Farmers Market every Sunday on the Courthouse lawn.
Supporting our local farmers is essential to preserving our quality of life. Visitors and locals often remark that the most charming things about Jacksonville are the farms and vineyards ringing the town in a sea of green. I call Jacksonville “The Nest,” and acknowledge that the state’s commitment to preserving farmland is largely responsible for our “green buffer” from the greater Rogue Valley.
If you agree, I encourage you to add LOCAL farm stands, Farmers Markets, CSA’s and Co-ops to your support list. At the J’Ville Market, you’ll find delicious vegetables, breads, baked goods, eggs, meats and other goods at or below retail prices. Really, the prices are fantastic and the products are grown and/or produced right here by your neighbor-farmers. Click here for great article & photos about the Farmer’s Market!
Best of all, supporting LOCAL farmers keeps the agricultural heritage of our area alive and viable and preserves the “nest-like” feel of our Small Town with Big Atmosphere!