Wednesday, October 30, 2013

Everything is better local!

There's a new trend going on that I've been following. I've lived in the same area for 25 years now, but I never explored it.Why go to the same old routine of life when there are exciting local things that may be happening around you?

I first started this journey with food (yum!). How about checking out local farmer's markets instead of our regular supermarket? Make sure you have time to research the things offered in different markets. They may have a website where you can see what local products are available in season. If local restaurants can do it, why can't we? You can also buy things in bulk, if you go through a specific fruit or vegetable really quickly. Plus, it's fun to bring your kids with you so they can choose what they'd like to try.

Store Front View
Sanwa Farmer's Market
Speaking of restaurants, what local restaurants are around you? Have you visited them? It fun to experience local treasures in the restaurant industry. The best local restaurants are usually family and/or pet friendly, and they offer vegan, vegetarian and gluten free options.

 Capdevila's Teresita Restaurant

Forget the music on the radio. Try finding local music in your area. You may not realize how much variety there is just in your area. You can most definitely find live local music at your local restaurant.

The Applebutter Expressed turned a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity, a gig at Bonnaroo, into big success back home in Tampa Bay.

Where can you find this information about all the local places in your area? Now with more access to the internet, you can google websites catered to your area. I usually look at Creative Loafing for local information. Livingsocial and Groupon also shares local events and businesses in your area to try, and they give discounts too!

Try something new in your area!

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