My first few days of eating local.
We began the journey of buying local a few days ago. We were hesitant on where to start, we had no groceries and typically shop at Meijer. After a quick Twitter survey and debate, and looking at Local First’s Member Directory we decided Meijer is in fact a local business, although it is in multiple states. While we were shopping we focused on buying Meijer products, which are mostly packed and distributed in Grand Rapids, and other Grand Rapids made products.
In the picture you can see the meal we made of grilled pastrami sandwiches and chips. Everything on the plate is a Meijer product. The El Matador tortilla chips are my favorite and are made in Grand Rapids too.
Shopping at Meijer was easy, it’s where we typically shop. Buying mostly Meijer products was a little challenging, but the hardest part was not buying our produce and meat there. I decided it would be a bigger impact to buy both our produce and meat at smaller local shops.
Today, I took off to visit the Fulton Street Farmers Market for the first time. I have been to many farmers markets, but haven’t visited this one yet. Much to my surprise there were no stands set up when I got there at 3:00 pm, although the website says it doesn’t close until 4:00 pm. It’s just going to take time to get used to the flow of local businesses. Any tips on when to go and what booths to visit would be much appreciated.
Although there was no one at the Fulton Street Farmers Market, the day wasn’t a total loss. I had time to browse a few shops in the East Hills Business District and finally found my wedding thank yous. I made the great find below at Yours Truly!
More stories of my local buying journey coming soon. If you are looking for a local business to buy that special something, check out the Local First Member Directory.