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From Grower to Grocery

S. Philly: Home of local grocers that source directly from nearby farms to sell fresh-farmed items in Urban Philly. If we follow the model of Green Aisle Grocery and Essene Market & Cafe in other cities, Urban consumption could be revolutionized.

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I am inspired by local grocers in my South Philadelphia community that directly source from local farmers in the Delaware Valley region. These grocers are supporting and encouraging consumption of locally produced food by simply selling these items in their stores. Without these small businesses, I would not have access to Lancaster dairy, Kennett Square mushroom varietals, South Jersey heirloom tomatoes and a plethora of other local consumables. I thank Green Aisle Grocery, Essene Market & Cafe, Reading Terminal's Fair Food Farmstand for opening my eyes to the bounty that comes from my very own Philadelphia region.



We should be invigorating more businesses, like the ones that I've mentioned above, to open. Founders of local grocery stores that source from local rural, suburban or even urban farms should receive tax incentives or governmental funding. As more government programs are cut, it is unrealistic to assume that government entities could provide aid to such sustainable small businesses. Instead, why not provide microloans or microcredits to grocers who source a certain percentage of their goods from local rural, suburban or urban farms.

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It's very important in this mass production areas to everyone support this kind of small business you mentioned. As you suggested government supporting is crucial but I customers can play more important roles in this vital game.
more customers for organic and rural products means more organic and rural producers.