Dandelion Foods is a local, independently-owned business, owned by its workers. We strongly support other local business, farmers and producers in an effort to strengthen the economic, social and environmental fabric of our community.
There are lots of great reasons to shop locally. Here are just a few*:
Buy Local — Support yourself: When you buy from an independent, locally owned business, more of your money is used to make purchases from other local businesses, service providers and farms — continuing to strengthen the economic base of the community.
Support community groups: Non-profit organizations receive an average 250% more support from smaller business owners than they do from large businesses.
Keep our community unique: Where we shop, where we eat and have fun — all of it makes our community home. Our one-of-a-kind businesses are an integral part of the distinctive character of this place. Our tourism businesses also benefit.
Reduce environmental impact: Locally owned businesses can make more local purchases requiring less transportation and generally set up shop in town or city centers as opposed to developing on the fringe. This generally means contributing less to sprawl, congestion, habitat loss and pollution.
Create more good jobs: Small local businesses are the largest employer nationally and in our community, provide the most jobs to residents.
Get better service: Local businesses often hire people with a better understanding of the products they are selling and take more time to get to know customers.
Invest in community: Local businesses are owned by people who live in this community, are less likely to leave, and are more invested in the community’s future.
Put your taxes to good use: Local businesses in town centers require comparatively little infrastructure investment and make more efficient use of public services as compared to nationally owned stores entering the community.
Buy what you want, not what someone wants you to buy: A marketplace small businesses, each selecting products based, not on a national sales plan but, on their own interests and the needs of their local customers, guarantees a much broader range of product choices.
Encourage local prosperity: Research shows that, in an increasingly homogenized world, entrepreneurs and skilled workers are more likely to invest and settle in communities that preserve their one-of-a-kind businesses and distinctive character.
* content adapted from Sustainable Connections