Growing up in a small town you learn to meet and know your neighbors. As an adult, I have tried to maintain this habit. This includes purchasing home grown and home made items too. I go to the farmers market and purchase my fresh goods and baked items there, from the folks who grow them or bake them, not from some giant conglomerate that has no idea what has gone into these products.
We used to get all our meat directly from the farmers as a kid and have it taken to the butcher and have it cut.This aspect is missed these days as I haven't been back to the farm in years.
This personal touch assured I grew up healthy and had a good jump on the nutrition train my parents hoped I would ride into and through adulthood.It has.
I live in a city now that was built by the unions - Flint, Michigan. When GM pulled out of this city and gave all the jobs away to foreign countries I began to wonder how the loyalty Americans show purchasing American cars was returned.In my opinion, it hasn't been.
The people who have big money and are purchasing luxury vehicles show a trend toward European vehicles like Mercedes and BMW. It has always been the little guy who supported these large corporations, spending their hard earned cash at home with the thought of keeping the money close to home. Watching our country go through this current recession knowing that GM and many other financial giants are still going to create additional jobs elsewhere and ask us to buy their products with money from jobs that are no longer here, just seems ludicrous.
I am starting to rant so I will stop. Yes, I try to buy here and pay here, but like these secondary financial markets I am wondering if the interest is just out of reach...Thanks for asking this question though, ya got me to thinking about this.