Five reasons to buy local

Lots of us are buying local these days, purchasing food from nearby farms and shopping in town rather than heading out to the mall. There seems to be a gut-level sense that buying from local businesses is the right thing to do, helping us eat healthier and perhaps even keep local businesses going during this fragile economy. But exactly what are we accomplishing with this form of localism? – Read more

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A Green (silver) lining?

The latter part of 2008 marked the beginning of the economic downturn. But was it also the dawn of something more positive? There’s growing evidence to suggest that just as the economy was cooling, demand for all things green-sustainable-and-local was heating up, taking a trend long in the making to a whole new level of success. – Read more

Fresh food

One manifestation of localism that clearly has taken off in the past few years is “locavorism.” The local food movement seems to be flourishing wherever there are affluent, discerning consumers, adventurous chefs and an ample supply of smallish, family-owned farms committed to diversified crops (and/or livestock) and direct-to-consumer marketing. – Read more

Green. Sustainable. Local.

Trees along the Delaware and Raritan near Lamb...

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These words are in danger of overuse (ok, maybe past the danger point). We know what each one means, references, infers. But what if the meaning and intent of all three words were combined? The definition might be: “To live in a manner that helps us sustain ourselves, our environment, our community, by choosing eco-friendly alternatives and supporting the economy in a geographic area that we consider ‘local.'” For lack of a better word, I choose “Fresh” to embody this approach to living. And because I live and work in the Delaware River Valley, the one that encompasses New Hope, PA, Lambertville, NJ, and the other “river towns,” it is this beautiful spot on the planet that comprises my definition of “local.”