Shop Local and Save!


Posted by Annie in Organic, Political on November 1, 2012


When you live in the mountains you try to plan your trips. We try not to drive down the hill everyday, not only does it make good sense economically, it also make good ecological sense too.  I like to shop local and I like to save, we’ll just call it frugal to be nice.

Have you been in our local stores lately?  You might be surprised at how much money you save. Just this week the Twain Harte Market had apples for 89 cents.  I was shocked to find organic green grapes actually cheaper than the GMO ones. I find savings like this all the time.  I love this store. On those items which are more expensive I consider my time, the gas to drive to another store, and the amount on the item; most of the time, it just makes sense to go ahead and purchase the item.

I love that they buy local and their always improving. I don’t always like change, in fact I’m usually the first to complain about it, but just this week they added a refrigerated dog section. I was very surprised — I might even check it out some day. These are the kinds of things they do,  keeping up with the times.

I stopped in to the Twain Harte Kitchen Store today. I bought an apple peeler that will core, and slice the apples, if I want.  It was the same price as the one on Amazon that didn’t give you that option.  I was very pleased.  The prices were fair, I think I might have found one item cheaper someplace else but it was only $1 and they gave me a 15% discount on my order. (Hint: If your a regular customer, and the owners get to know you, they may give you a discount too. They are very nice people.)

I found good quality items, not like that discount stuff at Wal-mart, it was close to home and I didn’t pay more for it. It’s a win – win – win situation.  I have I mentioned that I love shopping local?

The pharmacy, don’t you just love to wander around that store. I could spent two or three hours in there easily.  It always amazes me what a variety of items can be found. They have everything. Even if you don’t buy, dreaming is nice.  I like to stop in once or twice a week just to see whats on sale, it’s the odd days when I don’t find something that I needed either real or imagined.

My point is as you think about doing your holiday shopping, don’t forget places like Ace Lumber (Twain Harte Lumber), even 7-11 has seasonal merchandise and it often priced to sell.

I know it seems like everything is made in China, but it’s not. You can find stuff Made In The USA, but you’ll have to look for it. Our local merchants know we want quality items at a fair price. Isn’t that what America is all about?  So remember, shop local and whenever possible, buy local.

Here’s a Directory for Twain Harte & Vicinity

I’m so sad Prop 37 did not win, but maybe now we can come together and get laws passed that actually protect our families.  I think this in an important issue and I will continue to fight to make sure our food supply is safe.  Eat Organic!

Prop 37 and GMO Foods: Yea or Nay?


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