story & photos: CARLA CAMERIERI, THIRSTY CAMEL COCKTAILS
It’s a fairly popular notion these days that buying locally made products makes sense for a multitude of reasons. First of all, by supporting our local economy, we keep more money in the community, which has a positive overall effect on our tax base and that is never a bad thing. Secondly, because locally crafted products are not being shipped to us, they have far less of an impact on environmental resources. It’s an easy way to support the idea of being as “green” as possible. Additionally, buying products where you can actually talk to the people who made them gives you the opportunity to know the exact ingredients and process that went into them.