March 26, 2014
Why Buying Local Makes a Difference to Sonoma County
Double Your Impact. According to a 2011 analysis conducted by Sonoma State University, buying Sonoma County products from Oliver's Market benefits the Sonoma County economy TWICE as much as buying national brands from chain stores.
- Oliver's stocks about 5,250 products from Sonoma County growers and manufacturers. In fact, one out of every four dollars spent at Oliver's is for local products.
- "Oliver's sourcing of local goods supports over 150 jobs in Sonoma County in addition to its own workforce." – Rob Eyler, Director of the Economic Development and Innovation Accelerator at Sonoma State University
- "We all have to eat. If we localize this essential activity it can become an engine of job growth in Sonoma County. Working together we can literally eat our way to lower unemployment." – Derek Huntington, Sonoma County GoLocal Cooperative
- "You can lower your environmental footprint by eating locally owned and produced foods. It significantly reduces the average distance food has to travel to reach your plate from about 1,500 miles for a conventional meal to less than 100 miles for a meal sourced locally." – Derek Huntington, Sonoma County GoLocal Cooperative