Buying Local at First Alternative Co-op
Buying local builds community and develops the local economy, while at the same time, it reduces environmental impact by reducing the carbon emissions and other energy usage inherent in transporting goods over long distances.
Each step towards sustainability should be celebrated. These designations do just that. By labeling groceries that meet the below standards we can encourage & educate people on where their food comes from.
First Alternative has three categories for groceries sourced locally:
Designates groceries that are grown, made, or processed by an Oregon business and shipped directly to us, rather than through a distributor.
Local 6 Counties
Designates groceries that are grown, made, or processed by a business owned and operated in Benton, Linn, Lane, Lincoln, Polk, or Marion County.
Designates groceries that are grown, made, or processed by a business owned and operated in the state of Oregon.