The Community Market Co-op is built on the premise that each of us can make healthier choices for ourselves, our families, our local environment and our world. The phrase “Think Global, Act Local” fits right into this philosophy! The origin of this famous mantra is debatable, with credit being given to the Scottish town planner and social activist, Patrick Geddes in 1915, founder of Friends of the Earth David Brower in 1969, U.N. advisor Rene Dubos in 1972, and Canadian futurist Frank Feather in 1979. No matter who first coined the term, this environmental call to action is relevant for us today in regards to where and how we purchase our food.
Restaurants are being designed around this idea of “Think Global, Act Local” and are not only providing delicious, healthy food for their customers, they are providing support for local members of our community by purchasing their food items from local farmers and producers. Food production in this country does not always result in providing the healthiest food choices for purchase. That is a global problem with negative global consequences, such as malnutrition, increasing levels of obesity and chemically tainted crops. But if you know where your food comes from, how it is grown and who is providing it – you can make healthier, more educated choices for yourself and no longer support the unhealthy options. That’s one of the ways The Community Market Co-op will benefit our local economy as well! We want individual consumers to have access to local, competitively priced foodsevery day so that we can provide our families with the freshest, healthiest food available.
“I am only one, but still I am one; I cannot do everything, but still I can do something; And just because I cannot do everything, I will not refuse to do the something that I can do.” (Helen Keller ,1880-1968)
We may not feel like our personal choices have much of an impact on our community or the world. However,when we remember that the world is an integrated whole, the improvement of which depends entirely on the sum total of all the individual, small acts combined, then we are encouraged to each do our part. Buying locally grown food is a “ win – win” for everyone in our local community and can also impact the larger global community if we change our food purchasing habits to focus on our local producers and encourage others to do the same. We should be celebrating our local community food system and supporting it with each food dollar we spend. The Community Market Co-op will make that possible! What are you waiting for? Join today and “Think Globally, Act Locally!”
[author] [author_image timthumb=’on’]http://thecommunitymarketcoop.coop/wp-content/uploads/2015/10/blog-photo-e1444308911600.jpg[/author_image] [author_info]Colleen Williams moved to Apex from Maryland in 1991, was widowed in 2003 and moved to Fuquay Varina 10 years ago with her new husband, Myers. She has 5 grown children, 2 grown step-children and together they share 9 grandchildren. Colleen wanted to get more involved with the community now that she has time since retiring from 40 years as a high school math teacher, and because she and her husband enjoy eating the food they grow and the eggs their chickens provide, the Community Market Co-Op seemed like a great place to get involved![/author_info] [/author]