Keeping it local in Our Town

SHERMAN, Ill. - SHERMAN -- For many people, it's important to support businesses right in your own backyard. People in Our Town don't have to drive to the city or find a big market for some fresh fruits and vegetables.

"We live close by so we can ride our bikes over which we enjoy get some exercise, be healthy."

Any chance Stephanie Laffey and her daughter, Eva, get they try to shop local.

"We like the Illinois produce because it's fresh and you know it's fresh. You know it's going to be ripe and good," said Stephanie.

Seaney Farms gives the village products all over the Land of Lincoln: sweet corn from Tallula; meats from Clinton and cheese from Normal.

"I like to normally just eat it, but sometimes I eat it with soda crackers," said Eva.

Store clerk Vickie Black also said sweet desserts come as far as Douglas and Moultrie counties.

"Also get baked goods from Arthur; go to the Homestead Bakery twice a week, Tuesdays and Fridays."

This not only gives the community an opportunity to learn where their food comes from, but it gives them a chance to support small businesses.

"Most of it is locally grown. We try to get Illinois products," said Black.

The shop opened in 2008. Sales begin in June, right around the time of harvest. Black said it's not just produce. Everything in the store is made in Illinois; from knitted potholders to jams.

"It's really important the 'mom and pops' need to stick around. They're the best."

As for customers like Laffey, they say the best part is knowing how safe breakfast, lunch and dinner are.

"Because here you do know that it's grown close by and it just seems healthier and it hasn't come as far or traveled as far. So it's better for the environment overall." 


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