Chain restaurants have definitely taken over the United States, making it so you can get your favorite foods wherever you go, with little to no variety. However, the problem with these chain restaurants is that they do little to support the local community and the local economy. While they do provide employment for local citizens, their suppliers are generally from out of state and do not sustain the local community with their food. One of the ways that a community-minded individual can look to help out in their own city is to support their local food restaurants.
While chain restaurants may seem appealing, choosing a restaurant that patronizes local farms and businesses may actually be healthier for you. Statistically small local farms are less likely to use hormones and primarily have their animals grass fed and their vegetables grown organically. Restaurants, such as Communal in Provo, UT, are almost entirely sustained by food grown by local farmers, from meats and vegetables, all the way to their chocolaty desserts, which allows for a healthier menu.
Meats, produce, and other items from local farms, generally are sold and served within 24 hours. Which means that the food hasn’t been sitting very long, traveled a long distance, and been handled by lots of people. While, on the other hand, vegetables that have been shipped long distances can sit in storage for up to two weeks before being used, losing much of their nutritional value and affecting their overall taste.
Not only is the food healthier for you, and decreases your risk of food related illness, but supporting local restaurants in your community help to sustain your community’s economy. Projected statistics show that if each household were to spend ten dollars on a locally owned and operated restaurant, then the state economy would boost by almost two-billion dollars. Support your locally owned restaurants benefits a lot of people, yourself included.