You know you're supposed to buy local and keep your purchases as close to home as you can. There are many obvious benefits to buying local produce....it'll be fresher, you know your neighbors have grown it, you'll help support family farms, keep farmers from leaving and selling the land to developers.. However there are many more things...in fact most things...that you should buy locally.
Several studies have shown that when you buy from an independent, locally owned business, rather than a nationally owned businesses, significantly more of your money is used to make purchases from other local businesses, service providers and farms -- this strengthens the economic base of the community. Locally owned businesses buy stuff locally, which requires less transportation.
Local businesses are owned by people who live in this community, are less likely to leave, and are more invested in the community’s future. Local business owners donate more to local charities than non-local owners.
I don't need to demonize the huge "box" stores or tell you why you SHOULDN'T buy there. Horrible treatment of employees, shuttering and boarding up of small town downtowns, Importing goods made in sweat shops to keep prices down. And despite all that, sometimes you just gotta shop there...it's hard to resist when something costs half as much. But try & minimize it. Even if you have to pay more, it's worth it in Karma dollars.
Local businesses I really try to patronize constantly:
Gay's True Value, Tunkhannock
House of Nutrition, Luzerne
Affordable Tree Cutting, Falls
Shapes Fitness (gym), Dallas
Dymond's Farm Market, Shavertown
Back Mountain Natural Heat (coal), Beaumont
Wayne's World Music, Dallas & Pittston
Power Chiropractic, Hanover Township
Hoof 'n Paw Feed, Shavertown