This February and March, Stockbox is celebrating our Seattle and Pacific Northwest suppliers and producers. Stop by every week for new discounts on local products; several times a week for vendor sampling events; and every day to celebrate all the delicious ways that local vendors support our customers.
We all know why it’s important to Shop Local: the food is better, the economic impact stays in your community, you get to build relationships with the producers, and it leads to a much more interesting and diverse consumer experience.
We also know that shopping local can be more challenging, so we created a quick list of tips to make it easier:
- Shop in season: Produce that is in-season simply tastes better and it’s usually more affordable. So I no longer buy tomatoes or berries out of season and limit my vegetable purchases to what’s growing. This means a lot of kale, but it also means that I am gradually building a better relationship with my produce. And I have found a few ways to make it easier: I buy a lot of frozen fruit, allow myself to break the rules and buy avocados & bananas whenever I want (which is several times a week), and allow myself to get addicted to produce when it’s at peak production (I am famous for going through pretty intense cabbage periods).
- Step away from your computer: My New Year’s resolution for last year was to end my Amazon Prime membership, mostly because I felt that I had an unhealthy relationship with the service. I ordered everything from the site. But, when I broke free, I realized that I could almost everything from a nearby store and, shocker, didn’t always need all those items when I was forced to delay the purchase by shopping locally. I also learned that I could make well informed (and less stressed) decisions by myself, without a 1000 different customer comments pulling me a 1000 different directions.
- Get creative and be willing to substitute: Of course, the glory of buying on-line is that you can find anything you’ve every wanted. Shopping locally means you might have to find a creative work around or alter your plan slightly, to accommodate for a different product. But, just remember, that’s not a bad thing.