In the past, I've quoted research studies that have shown the following:
When you shop at a big-box store, $14 out of $100 stays in the community.When you shop at a locally-owned store, $45 out of $100 stays in the community.
That's wonderful, right? Three times the money stays in our communities. But it gets better.
It wasn't until today that I found the stats for what is returned to the community when you buy direct from the farmer.
When you buy direct from your farmer, $62 out of $100 stays in the community!
That's 4.5 times that of buying at a big box store and 1.4 times that of buying at a locally owned store.
Want a healthy local economy? Buy locally (and direct from the farmer as often as you can)!
A big THANKS to Crunchy Chicken who posted the stat on her website. I was able to contact the Eat Local for Thanksgiving campaign contact for a copy of the full report. Check it out here.