Buy Local

Back in San Diego, I used to love to go to the Hillcrest Farmers' Market on Sundays. I took pleasure in gourmet tamales, European pastries, and, of course, fresh produce. One of the feel-good aspects of going to the farmers' market was knowing that I was contributing to the local economy, helping the mom and pop businesses of the area.

Here in Switzerland, however, you don't have to wait until you have time to visit one of the farmers' markets to be able to buy locally produced goods. All you have to do is go to the Migros supermarket and look for products with the blue label: Aus der Region. Für die Region. (From the Region. For the Region.) You can purchase fruits, vegetables, meats, and dairy products from your region in Switzerland, for your region.

If you come to discover you like a certain product and want more from that particular farm, you needn't look any further than the label. Here you will find the name and location of the farm. In the photo above, you can see that we purchased some pears of the Kaiser Alexander variety and below that title is the company's name: Tobi Seeobst AG, located in Bischofszell.

One of our favorite local goodies is yogurt from a milk farm in Schaan, Liechtenstein, which is the same city where Isaiah works. The yogurt comes in a convenient tub that is recyclable and reusable. At the rate of one tub almost every week, we've accumulated about 20 tubs. Instead of using up valuable resources to recycle these tubs, we've found many creative uses for them around the house. They hold coins, coffee beans, and leftovers. I've even used them to organize the cupboard in our hallway.

Help the environment and local farmers, I say yes to that!


  1. that's a lot of tubs. haha :)

    Did you have to mention tamales - mmmm. I'm hungry.

  2. Have you ever tried a gourmet tamal from the Hillcrest Farmers' Market vendor? They make one with tomatillo sauce that is delish!


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