This page seems to be getting a fair bit of traffic even though it doesn’t say anything. Guess I better fix that! 🙂
I’ve lived in Skagit County (Anacortes) since 1972 and Upriver (outside of Concrete) since the summer of 2003. I’ve lived a few other places in between, of course, and also traveled a fair bit abroad, but I’ve always come back to the valley. This is an incredible area and we residents can all consider ourselves fortunate to live here.
I’ve been a small business owner since 1995. When I learned that my work could be out-sourced and many other jobs were as well, I decided that I would do my best to not contribute to that problem. That was when I began considering not only what I was buying but from whom.
While living in Anacortes, the grocery store was never farther than a 10 minute walk away from home so shopping would happen whenever it was convenient. Now there’s a small grocery a couple of miles away, but the co-op and the other Downriver conveniences are 35 miles away! Needless to say, a full blown grocery run now takes pretty much all day so it gets carefully planned and usually happens every other week or so.
Of course, as I find more and more local sources for foods shopping becomes more rewarding. It often involves a short visit with a farmer or a merchant. Everything is fresh and of the best quality. I know it was grown and handled with care. If I have a question, I can just ask. It beats having young checkers asking me what an eggplant is!
I also know that my food dollar is going to the producer – the whole thing. On average in the US, a farmer only gets 8 cents per food dollar spent. Bringing the Food Economy Home is a good article on why it’s important to localize our food systems. It’s not like our local farmers are getting any farm subsidies to augment that 8 cents either!
Anyway, I hope you find something useful in these pages even if you don’t live in the Skagit Valley.