Before I get to the 2nd Best way to support Local Food, let's see if we agree on number one-
"The best way to support local food is to BUY local food". Buying locally grown food is like voting. You're voting for local growers and voting against the large companies that produce the industrialized, processed foods that make us sick.
Realistically, there are so few us buying local that is really doesn't make any difference to the big companies. On the other hand, it means everything to a small farmer. They absolutely need us to support them. If you're reading this article, you most probably have a deep understanding of this concept.
So what is the 2nd Best thing you can do to support these small growers?
SIMPLE- Help spread the word about what a great job they are doing!
That is precisely what our website is here for. We make it easy for you to let all your friends (and maybe all their friends, and their friends, etc) know about these amazing farms, markets, restaurants, etc. By leveraging the power of the internet, especially Social Networking, we can help people think a lot more about the choices they make when it comes to food.
It's easy, it's fast and it's very effective. And it's important- here's why...
Top Reasons to Write a Review
1. Small growers depend on you to help
Small growers, Farmer's Markets and the most of the other business that deal with locally grown food do not have much in the way of advertising budgets. As a matter of fact, most of the small farmers we talk to tell us that they need at least one family member working "off the farm" in order to make ends meet. Advertising is just not an option. Instead, they rely on word-of-mouth.
2. Online Reviews are the new form of Tipping
When a taxi driver gets you to your destination on time, you give them a tip. When you get good service at a restaurant, you give the server a tip. The people behind the scenes at your local small farm or farmer's market are doing everything they can to make sure you get healthy nutritious food. The best way to tip them is to tell your friends. An online review does that and more!
3. 71% of shoppers are influenced by online reviews
A recent Gallup poll showed that more than 70% of people made buying decisions based on information they read in online reviews. That is powerful. Make your opinion known!
4. No one wants to go first
Remember those awkward school dances where everyone wanted to dance but no one wanted to go first? So for the few songs you all just stood around the outside of the dance floor. Finally, two brave souls went out there. By the end of the song, everyone was on the dance floor! Well, this is the same thing. No one wants to go first. Be the one that starts it! You might be surprised how many people follow you.
5. It's Free
Okay, it does cost you time. But other that that, it's free. And it helps so much. There are not many other things you can do in life that can mean so much to someone else yet cost you so little. We love leverage!
6. If you don't do it now, it might be too late
Honestly, many of these small businesses are struggling to stay afloat. They provide a fantastic service and don't ask for much in return. They need your help. Your review might be the one that brings the customer in and keeps the doors open for another day.
7. Reviews live for a long time
It should take you less than five minutes to write a nice review. It would take longer than that to tell 3 friends the same story. A review on our site could be read by hundreds, if not thousands of people! Again, its come back leverage.
Write a review. It's easy, it's fast and it's very effective.
How to WRITE A REVIEW