The Georgia Farmers Market Association (GFMA) is asking you to pledge to “Just Spend $10” at your local farmers market over the summer. Supporting your local farmers market is important because the money you spend shopping with local vendors is more likely to be reinvested in your local economy. In fact, The New Economics Foundation, a London-based think tank, compared what happens when people buy produce at a supermarket vs. a local farmer’s market and found that twice the money stayed in the community when folks bought locally. If you’re still unconvinced, research has shown that for every dollar spent with local businesses, 45 cents were reinvested in the local economy.
Imagine what spending $10 per week at the Lithonia Farmers Market can do for “A Place to Imagine.” Speaking in percentages, the multiplier effect holds that if everyone spends a greater percentage locally, the multiplier effect turns that into big bucks for the local economy. This is why supporting your local farmers market is a matter of economic viability.
So what can you get with this $10? The options are boundless at the Lithonia Farmers Market. Through a variety of vendors at the market, shoppers can choose from fresh produce, sustainable meat and dairy and much more. And, while you’re doing your part to help strengthen your local economy, you’ll also be building a sense of community as you meet the great folks responsible for providing a local option for fresh, sustainable food.
Go ahead, make the pledge to “Just Spend $10” and help your local economy thrive!
The Lithonia Farmers Market is open Sundays through Sept. 18, 1 to 5 p.m., at the Lithonia City Hall, 6920 Main Street.
The Lithonia Farmers Market is made possible by funding from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.