Greensburg Daily News, Greensburg, IN

Letters to the Editor

August 8, 2013

The importance of being local

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There are many opportunities for all of us Greensburg-ians to practice being local. First off, alternate hitting up the chained restaurants with the locally owned restaurants. Yes, you may be familiar with and know exactly what you want at a chained restaurant, but spending your money at a local restaurant keeps a majority of your dollar spent in the community. And who knows? Maybe you’ll find your new, favorite meal.

Second off, visit our Farmers’ Markets Fridays from 2 to 6 p.m. on the courthouse.

Yes, I’m a little bit biased since I work for the organization that puts this event on, but hear me out. When you buy something from one of the vendors at the Farmers’ Market, you can ask he or she questions about the product.

Try doing that at a supermarket. The food is generally fresher than if purchased at a supermarket. Most important of all, your dollar stays in the community! The Farmers’ Markets also now accepts SNAP Credits (food stamps) so no one is excluded from this community treasure.

Third, get involved! Join an organization. Volunteer at the animal shelter or the Bread of Life. Attend a gallery opening at Art on the Square, one of Main Street’s Second Fridays outdoor movies, or a festival downtown. Whatever you choose to do, you’re being local. Support your neighbors by shopping at their stores, eating at their restaurants, and volunteering side-by-side for organizations that benefit the community. Together, we can make an impact in our corner of the world by supporting our local businesses and charities. Don’t get me wrong, helping those in other parts of the country and world are very important, but don’t lose sight that you’re a member of this community.

Sincerely,

Jenn Meadows

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