TOP SEVEN REASONS TO BUY LOCAL:
When you buy local, you support yourself: the money you spend at the market stays in the local community, supporting small business owners and area farmers, which ultimately strengthens the economic base of our community.
When you buy local, you keep our community unique: our one-of-a-kind market is an integral part of the distinctive character of Tulsa. This preserves our unique identity and boasts our ability to attract tourists and future citizens.
When you buy local, you reduce your environmental impact: the products sold at the market are locally grown and/or produced, so transportation—and thus pollution—is minimal. This also serves to protect local farmland and habitats.
When you buy local, you create more jobs for your community: the market is an unparalleled way in which to provide support for local farmers, ensuring that they, and the producers relying on their goods, will prosper and grow.
When you buy local, you get better service: buying directly from the farmer fosters a relationship you simply cannot get when buying from a corporation. The farmer or vendor knows their products intimately and can pass such knowledge onto the consumer, while the face-to-face interaction fosters empathy and trust.
When you buy local, you invest in your community: shopping at the market insures that local farms and businesses stay in business and creates an environment in which those farms and businesses are more likely to invest in their community.
When you buy local, you buy what you want, not what someone wants you to buy: the products you buy at the market are not based on a nation-wide sales plan or market research; those products are offered because of local interest and seasonal availability. Ultimately, this guarantees a broader range of choices for the local consumer and provides said consumer with the freshest, safest, and most sustainable products possible.