Last year, Local First in Grand Rapids convinced one thousand people to move $10 of their food budgets to local foods, every week for 10 weeks. That’s $100,000 more in our local economy, and this year they’re shooting for double – $200,000 added to local farms, restaurants, and small shops.
If you’re in West Michigan, sign the 10×10 Pledge and start brainstorming how you’ll spend money locally that you usually spend at a supermarket (or wherever):
- More Farmer’s Market purchases
- Seeking out local eggs or meat
- Finding a new locally-owned restaurant, or better yet, one that serves locally produced food (Marie Catrib’s and Bistro Bella Vita are two of MANY in our area)
- Shop at a small health food store rather than Amazon or Vitacost for specialty ingredients
- Buy local craft beer instead of a big brand
- Buy something you don’t usually buy a the Farmer’s Market, maybe honey or maple syrup, maybe herbs or even bread
You can check out my whole list of Grand Rapids local real food resources for some of my favorite producers and markets – feel free to leave your favs in the comments.
If you’re not in the area, don’t sign the pledge here, but consider how you might keep more of your own food dollars local, or better yet, how you can inspire others to take a similar challenge in your neck of the woods!
What would you like to source locally that you currently do not?
If you missed the last Monday Mission, click here.
Disclosure: I am a sponsor for the Local First 10×10 challenge and will receive a ticket to Fork Fest in exchange for promotion. See you there! See my full disclosure statement here.