Yes - when applying the mantra 'time is money' most people don't have time to make more than one or two stops to purchase local food....the baker, butcher, green-grocer, service station, pharmacy, newsagent or hardware store. How convenient to park once, pay once and acquire all you need in one location.
BUT - the longer term consequences toll the death knell for small town economies........ unless......an alternative is created.
EAT LOCAL THURSDAY is an iniative to bring locally owned businesses, growers, cooks, backyard gardeners and EATERS to the one location one day for four hours one day every week; think of a Farmers Market one a week instead of only once a fortnight or month.
The difference between a Farmers Market and EAT LOCAL THURSDAY is that existing local food enterprises are included so their support of local produce and goods can be displayed in another forum, too.
Open from 2.00pm until 6.00pm, mums can shop for dinner before picking the children up from school and people who work in the town can buy local tucker for dinner instead of calling in to the supermarket.
The most important element is the organisation of the back-end.... co-ordination, perfect location, acquire the necessary council approval (if required), contacting the suppliers, and promotion and marketing of the event to possibly the most important people -
This isn't difficult, it simply takes a person with excellent organising skills, a welcoming smile and attention to detail. Promoting via social media, leaflets to work places and schools, arranging to meet friends there, liaising with suppliers and creating a special dish from the available ingredients and radio, TV and newspaper interviews uploaded onto You Tube are all doable and effective.
The website www.eat-local-thursday.org.au is (at this stage) mythical, and will be the point where all locations will be recorded. Each location is unique, specific, important and, dare I say it, has its own flavour :-)
EAT LOCAL THURSDAY is a simple, inexpensive and effective way to commence Our Local Food Economy, a few mouthfuls at a time.
Thanks to the fabulous Joel Salatin who has a knack of wiring words together in his indefatigable manner.........
YOU, AS A FOOD BUYER, HAVE THE DISTINCT PRIVILEGE OF PROACTIVELY
PARTICIPATING IN SHAPING THE WORLD YOUR CHILDREN WILL INHERIT.
Please contact me for assistance in creating EAT LOCAL THURSDAY in YOUR town.
Feast locally, and often.....your economic future depends on it.