Thursday, May 9, 2013

Buy Local guru tells why it matters

Samantha Ricker talks about buying local.
If buying local matters to you mark your calendar. Samantha Ricker, Bath resident, will discuss her book, The Maine Conscious Consumer Tuesday, May 14 at 6 p.m. at Shift, 56 Maine Street, Brunswick and Thursday, May 16 at 2:30 p.m. at J. R. Maxwell’s, 155 Front St., Bath.

Ricker is a proponent of why buying local matters. Ricker knows what she’s talking about when she says, “Shifting our consumer habits away from mega retailers and a global marketplace and toward small businesses and our local marketplace boosts our own economy and helps slow global climate change.”

Ricker completed her Master’s Degree thesis in Sustainable Business and Communities from Goddard College in Vermont. She walks her talk. She uses two Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) shares, is an active member of the local group, serves as the assistant to the Bath Main Street group and consults with land trusts and other organization working on sustainability. 

In The Maine Conscious Consumer Ricker tells consumers how to shop locally within their communities and why it is important. It lists organizations and programs that can help them along the way. While it may be more broadly applicable, it also includes resources created for Maine residents to find local foods, and even more specifically for southern midcoast Maine residents to find local independent businesses.

Samantha Ricker is available for interviews. Call her at (207) 504-2362 or email. Her website:

Her book is available at local bookstores and for your convenience through the Topsham publisher’s website: Buy the book from the Maine publisher

For more information contact:
Just Write Books at 729-3600 or or

Buy Local
Buy the book at your local bookstore.

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