PHOTO ESSAY: Small Business Saturday, Bloomington Indiana

Even though I’ve never heard of “Small Business Saturday,” I spent today in much the same way as Ann, though three hours north. Our Farmers Market features about equal numbers of artists and farmers at this time of year — everything from homemade soaps to handgrown and woven willow to knit goods, lotions, jewelry and some delightfully artistic clothes. I walked there and stopped by several local businesses on the way home, including our local bookstore and food co-op. Our garden continues to produce kale, collards, beets, carrots, and more. A lift of the AGRIBON row cover revealed that we still have lettuce, even after nights in the teens! I prefer to shop local whenever I can, but I hope Small Business Saturday turned out well for local entrepreneurs, farmers and artists everywhere. Love and blessings from the Land of Goshen!

2 responses to this post.

  1. Posted by Kieron on November 30, 2014 at 2:47 pm

    Likewise for me. I heard of Buy Nothing Day about 5 years ago, and it has been my day to stay home or just not buy anything, including gasoline. Indeed I stayed home Friday, went shopping Saturday for necessities as well as for some fun, enjoyable things or experiences, making sure it was a small or local business each time. It’s not hard if we just apply ourselves.

    Initially it seems like small, local, handmade, artisanal, organic, what-have-you is indeed more costly, which puts off people accustomed to CCC (Cheap Chinese Crap). I have this unproven theory that shopping at Mall-Wart and places like that leeches life and energy out of people in subtle ways, encouraging a poverty mentality. I’ve been sneered at for spending a small fortune in my purchasing habits, again by people who will burn a small fortune in gasoline to go across town just to save 9 cents on cheap bread from a chain supermarket. But somehow, despite paying a bit more for small or local or family-owned, the ends always meet, the bills get paid, and we have a little left over for something pleasant to do or see or visit.

    I wish people would just try it and see what happens.


  2. So true, Kieron, and when one considers that anyone who pays taxes or even just lives in America and shops at Walmart is subsidizing via massive taxes paying for Obamacare, food stamps, and the employee-welfare-requiring corporation of Walmart, along with public enslavement and the degradation of so much value, freedom and beauty in life … well, how does one calculate the TRUE cost of goods and services?


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