our area for food. I often forget, or
think that the grocery store is where I have to get my food, mainly out of
convenience. But, when summer comes,
that is the time that I am reminded of the bounty that Maine provides. This past weekend we had the opportunity to
fully engage in the local lifestyle that I love.
environment. They encourage community
and local everything!
our family something fun to do that is inexpensive, and we can also spend time
getting food that we will need for the week.
love to get my seedlings. Since I am notplanting a garden this year, I am decidedly visiting the greenhouse more
often to see everything that they have, and to think about next year’s garden!
nephew and niece, so it was a big family affair.
dessert. I was able to purchase some
honey that I needed, and look at all the local greens available right now.
grass, and listened to the musical entertainment. It was fun to just be able to relax in the
shade, watch the kids play, and eat delicious food.
is healthy, but beyond that it creates relationships and community. We live in a society where everyone wants to
be left alone to do their own thing (I am included in this statement!), and
often community building is left to few.
our community; if we shopped downtown instead of going to the big red bullseye
the next city over. What would happen if
we were less concerned about everything going on in our individual family, and
we made it a point to step out into our communities to support the local
artisans, and to engage in community with those around us?
I like to run to the grocery store and grab what I need and then get out
and get home to continue on with whatever I
need to do.
fully available to build relationships.
communities, building those relationships, instead of staying at home trying to
get stuff done around the house, or doing something only with our family?
because who doesn’t love Target!? But,
then I realize I probably could have gotten what I needed from the downtown
store instead of driving to Target.
I want to shop at the co-op and farmers’ markets, and I don’t want to run to
the big box stores as soon as I think we “need” something. Will I be 100% local? No. I’m
not sure how realistic that is these days, but it would definitely be a fun and
challenging project! I do want to try
harder at seeking out local first though; keeping our local economy strong.
lifestyle? Do you seek our local shops
over the big box stores? How about food,
do you have a farmers’ market in your area?