As the parent of a young child, Allyn Richardson says she considers food one of her most important purchases. She appreciates the wholesome choices at Three Rivers Market in East Tennessee. “With the selection available at the new location, we have no reason to shop anywhere else (other than farmer direct). They offer just about everything we need, and at a better price than we would get from shopping around.” Richardson’s family not only shops the store, but invests in it, “And, as fair share members, we get a discount and have received rebate checks that paid for the shares many times over.”
|New Shopper Jessie Houston
|Outreach and Marketing Director Katie Ries
Three Rivers Market
I posed this common parenting quandary to Outreach and Marketing Director Katie Ries. We want to provide the best food possible, especially for our children, yet we don’t know where our budgets can stretch. Ries doesn’t dispute that organic, fair trade or otherwise sustainably produced foods can cost more than conventional foods. She suggests starting wherever your family is comfortable.
“We want everyone to eat well and healthily from a food system that is sustainable,” explains Ries. She suggests trying just certain organic fruits and vegetables that are more prone to carry pesticide loads when grown conventionally. Or trying some of the local meats. Or sampling the wide range of grains and nuts from the bulk foods section. Ries says cooking a few basic meals and using seasonal, local foods even part of the time can benefit your family and your community.
|Members Eileen Kogen, Jerry Bone,
with Tovah Greenwood
|Three Rivers Market Display explaining Local Shelf Tags|