Buy Local (Food) Month
What is Buy Local Month?
Local First Arizona’s Buy Local Month celebrates the importance of buying local for the holidays through a month long social impact campaign all across Arizona. From November 27th to December 24th, 2015, all Arizonans have an opportunity to give unique gifts to loved ones while keeping money in the local economy to build vibrant communities. Buy Local Month encourages people to purchase from local businesses during this time, rather than solely focusing on the days immediately after Thanksgiving.
Good Food AZ Instagram Takeover
In support of Local First Arizona’s Buy Local Month, Good Food Finder AZ is hosting an Instagram Takeover to spread the local message. We are handing over our account for the entire month to showcase the dynamic array of good food endeavors that makes Arizona so fetching. It’s about creating a network and opening lines of communication for a stronger Localist community. We want to share a behind-the-scenes look at what some of our favorite local businesses are up to, and offer an insider’s guide to local gift sourcing.
Good Food AZ Instagram Takeover Guest Line Up
November 28th – December 4th
Everyone can shop. Anyone can join.
Food Conspiracy is a natural foods market, cooperatively owned by its members and open to the public. Since 1971 they've been committed to providing the highest quality natural and organic foods and products to the Tucson community. The produce department is entirely organic, and the product line-up is Non-GMO. Food Conspiracy Co-op is committed to offering certified organic products whenever possible, and has the most extensive bulk selection in Tucson. In alignment with their commitment to environmentalism, social justice, and education, they are constantly expanding their line of local, fair trade, and independently produced items.
December 5th – December 11th
Your Voice for the Heart of Flagstaff...Our Historic Downtown.
The Flagstaff Downtown Business Alliance (FDBA) is a non-profit, volunteer organization dedicated to the preservation and promotion of Historic Downtown Flagstaff. FDBA sponsors free family events to encourage visitation to downtown businesses. Through these activities, they strive to add to the economic viability of the area, and the community in general. FDBA also advocates for important business issues, providing education to the public and a strong voice to the City of Flagstaff regarding the health of our economy.
December 12th – December 18th
Steadfast Farm at Agritopia is a 18 acre USDA Certified Organic urban farm in the heart of the Agritopia community. Founded on ecological farming principles, they grow a variety of fruits and vegetables year round and offer their produce through a CSA program, farmers markets, self-serve farm stand, and several local restaurants. Their goal is to feed the community the finest quality, organic produce, grains, eggs and sustainably raised meat. In addition to 100+ vegetable crops grown, their pigs, chickens, ducks, trukeys and honeybees also play an integral role in the ecology of the farm, acting as cultivators, fertilizers, and pollinators.
You are welcome to visit and walk the pathways to see the farm in production. They also offer group tours and u-pick events throughout the year.
December 19th – December 25th
Brendan McCaskey, owner of local button business Jar of Buttons is a creative thinker, committed to collaboration and forward motion. He's a man who understands "community". There is no question that there is more to this man than just buttons. From coffee shops to fine dining and vintage stores to urban retail, the man has done it all. Among his carefully crafted interests, this Instagram-famous character is a chef and lover of good food. His affinity for food is apparent in his pictures, it's no wonder his follow count continues to grow. He's the man about Phoenix, and he loves sharing his good food ventures with us. “Jar Of Buttons isn’t just that anymore,” he said. “Its become an umbrella and a brand of my personal self where everything I do has become a part of that.”
CHANGE STARTS LOCALLY
The Localist community is a large network of like-minded individuals working towards establishing a new economy approach in the United States. “This is not a trendy pastime,” says LFA founder, Kimber Lanning, of the momentum sweeping the nation to go local. “Localism is an idea whose time has come.”
This Instagram Takeover is a fun way for us to celebrate and support, not only Buy Local Month, but also the Localist movement as a whole. On behalf of Local First Arizona and Good Food Finder AZ, we hope you’ll join us in this social impact campaign!