*Read this first before moving onto the main post. In the article I list a few different farmers markets currently scheduled to open over the next couple of months. If you are someone who attends these or knows a local business who does, please feel free to list that company, the company website, and/or any other farmers markets we should be aware of in 2021. I know there are lot, help us all be aware of them.
The first quarter of 2021 is already at an end. Spring is around the corner and optimism remains high. What did I learn from last year? Too many “hindsight is 2020” clichés from the Year of the Crap. I will not attempt anything new or clever. None of us want to relive last year. I wonder though if we are hyper aware of what we need to take with us. We crammed 5 years of life experience into a 12-month period. With so many lives and business lessons in such a brief period of time, it’s hard to know what to reflect on. Supporting local business is even more important. I’ll touch on that, but what else?
Here are a few things that I learned from last year.
Look out your front door. Which neighbor is no longer with us? Remember, that missing neighbor was loved by someone. Chances are that neighbor is loved by many. Which one of your business neighbors is not here? If you haven’t returned to the workplace, there’s a good chance at least one business isn’t there who was there a year ago.
Pay attention to whose around us. In the entire time you’ve lived there, did you take time to introduce yourself to people around you? I wish I could tell you I know which one of my neighbors is no longer here and which business is no longer around. I did not pay that close attention. I’ve made it a point to change. With businesses and neighbors gone, I’ve made it a point to pay attention.
Supporting Local Business
Supporting local businesses is important to me, like it is to a lot of us. Those of us who own or work at a locally owned business, we know the importance of this statement.
We can do better. We need to do better.
I haven’t appreciated the many small business owners there were until COVID-19. Watching them leave and hearing about others losing jobs all from local businesses. I think I fully understand the importance of supporting local. I will do better. We at North American Printing will do better. Next time you order supplies, or food, or business cards or anything, find a local business to supply you with the same. It will take some effort, more effort than you’d like to give. I bet it’s the same amount of effort you’d hope someone else would give to find and use your business.
We all want to help, we just need to be told how to help. I’m telling you how you can help.
I’ve listed 3 different farmers markets that are currently scheduled to be open for 2021. These are real opportunities for you to get out, show your support, enjoy locally grown food, and other locally created/crafted items from small businesses around the Salt Lake City area. Most of these businesses rely heavily on farmers marekts to sustain their business. Some of them travel the state to different farmers markets as part of their business model. For these businesess, 2020 was devastating losing that revenue source. Do what you can by showing up and buying something. Every little bit helps.
Salt Lake City Farmers Markets
Murray and South Jordan Farmers Market
Ogden Farmers Market
My father-in-law passed from COVID-19 in December. My mother-in-law isn’t the same. That’s ok, I understand. With COVID-19, somethings will return to the way they were, other things and other people won’t.
We all want business to be where it once was. Remember, some businesses aren’t around anymore. Some businesses have been forced to find new suppliers. Suppliers have been forced to find new suppliers. There have been a lot of changes in a lot of different supply chains. Remember that please, especially the next time something takes 1 or 2 days longer than it used to. Let’s give each other the benefit of the doubt.
It’s said that if you want to travel fast, go alone. If you want to travel far, travel together. We definitely want to travel far. We only get there together. Look for ways to help and encourage others to do the same. I believe that everyone wants to help, most of us just don’t know how. If you know how, tell a friend and encourage them to do so as well.
We look forward to seeing all of you again soon.
-Chris Grimm, North American Printing