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Buy Local

The demand for local is here. Business owners and consumers alike (at least the smart ones) are dealing as much as possible with local, non-corporate stores.

I read a sign a few weeks ago outside of a store that simply read, “Friends don’t let friends shop chain stores.” Well said amigo, I like your style.

Here at Living Well Spine Center, we do our best to serve our neighbors in the Dayton area by providing the best healthcare we know to be available. The same healthcare we treat our own families with.

We also feel strongly about buying local particularly that of locally produced goods that are considered necessities, such as food, clothing, soap etc.

Rather than going into great detail about the financial and communal ramifications of spending your money in a corporate setting or with an online giant, I will simply place a link here for your reading pleasure.

Below is a small list of some of the local resources we utilize along with links to their websites and contact information.

We strongly urge you to ask them about their products and find out for yourself why it is so important to support these types of businesses.

  1. Fulton Farms in Troy, OH has excellent produce for sale in their market and also have an expansive delivery reach with their weekly organic “happy box”. (937) 339-6983)
  2. Full of Graze Farm in Xenia, OH raises animals the right way. No crowded feedlots. No GMO’s. Grassfed beef, pastured pork, non-GMO chickens, turkeys, and true free range eggs. (937) 352-6100
  3. Patchwork Gardens community supported agriculture (CSA) is an amazing place for Daytonians (I think that’s a word) to get their produce. They deliver to specific pick-up points and grow their food with the utmost care! No organic label from this crew means you aren’t paying for the label. They go above and beyond organic. Dayton, OH (937) 835-5807
  4. Quiet Creek Bison Farm. My boys and I visited this place last week. A very nice family and their bison burgers are fantastic. Located near Springfield, OH. (937) 964-9879)
  5. Burns Furniture in Medway, OH is the place where I grew up and learned how to do business. My grandpa, Jim and my uncle Bob treat people with great respect and offer the highest quality furniture available for a fraction of the cost as their competitors (really). Grandpa only sells furniture made in the U.S.A. and most of it comes directly from Ohio. (937) 849-1754
  6. Hartman Heimstytte Farm. I have not visited this farm, though I have spoken with a few of the family members. Homemade soaps and raw goats milk is a huge upside for them where you can join in a herdshare. They are located in Brookville, OH. (937) 884-9451 Find them on Facebook at Hartman Heimstytte.
  7. Homestead Raw Milk Herdshares in New Carlisle, OH is a family owned and operated business. John and Cathy Baumgardner are awesome people and as honest as the day is long. They treat their cattle with the utmost respect. Grassfed longhorn and a raw jersey dairy herdshares are available. (937) 845-9394) You can also find them on Facebook.  
  8. Mirabella Boutique is infinitely better than any major department store (according to my wife). Barbi Dewitt is always pleasant and helpful! She carries plenty of trendy clothing, both casual and dressy, as well as shoes and accessories (again, this is according to my wife, who married me, so obviously has exquisite taste!) Located in downtown Fairborn, OH. (937) 312-4059
  9. J&L Butcher Shop in Medway, OH is a throwback to the old way. They have an actual smokehouse for their meat and they don’t do what is typically done by injecting the meat with a liquid smoke flavor. They process all kinds of meat and are currently in the process of being set-up for retail. This will quickly become one of my favorites. (937) 475-4584.
  10. ReU Juice bar specializes in 3 day juice cleanses! Organic juices delivered right to your door steps that taste amazing. I can personally vouch for these and Amber Sowers is an awesome lady. She also sells Vitamixes (which are fantastic for making your own at home).
  11. Once a month meals. This a local blogger who took her game to a whole new level! She makes recipes for freezer meals no matter what kind of specialty diet you may be on, including paleo, vegan, vegetarian, traditional, etc!

There are many many others. If you have any suggestions, please add them to the comment section with their contact info so we (along with the other readers) can check them out!



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Victory Garden (War Garden)

During World War I and World War II industry in America faced a massive void in the manual labor workforce. Following the attack on Pearl Harbor, military recruiting stations began staying open 24 hours a day in order to accommodate the huge influx of patriotic recruits. Rural America was hit particularly hard as farmers traded in their plows and pitchforks for Enfield rifles and Colt 1911’s leaving behind a sizable gap in the proverbial elbow grease that powered the farming industry. In short, American’s needed help with food (among other things), but here is the kicker…

Instead of wildly borrowing, spending, and recklessly racking up insurmountable debt to acquire the needed food, the government went on a campaign to recruit those living in urban areas (who had no farm land to speak of) to begin their own small gardens. The gardens did not have to be elaborate, just something. A flower pot with basil on a window sill of a one bedroom apartment. A 1 foot by 1 foot wooden box with a tomato plant on the roof of a business. It did not matter how large or small the garden was because every little bit helped.

Fast forward 70+ years and here we are in a similar predicament although the reasons have changed. It is now cheaper (before your health fails miserably) for a family to gorge themselves on fast food and TV dinners than it is to buy and consume foods that come from the ground and can actually rot.  

If we step back and take a look at our own community, soup kitchens and food pantries can barely keep up with the demand. People gripe about the rising percentage of those on food stamps but choose to do nothing about it. Often times, those who cannot qualify for assistance may still be struggling to make ends meet and their best option is to buy cheap, non-nourishing foods. We all pay for this with rising health costs. In fact, the current healthcare cost is 17.9% of our gross domestic product. That is to say, almost 18 cents out of every dollar spent goes toward a failing health care system (which also happens to be the #3 leading cause of death in America).

Because of this, all of us at Living Well Spine Center would like to ask for your help. We want you to once again grow a Victory Garden. It can be as simple or as complex as you care to make it. Grandparents, get your grandchildren involved. Teachers, get your homeroom students involved. Businesses, throw out your fake tress that are collecting dust and plant some herbs and veggies. If you have knowledge in gardening, share this with your neighbors. Help us draw a connection to our own food supply once again. By growing our own we can cut down on costs for ourselves and others and reap the benefits of eating the freshest produce available! 

One final note I would be remiss if I did not mention. In 1887, President Grover Cleveland did something that is a shame never became a mainstay within the Washington D.C. elites. He vetoed a bill that came to his desk asking for $10,000 to purchase seed for Texas farmers facing a 2 year drought (and by the way, 10k was a drop in the bucket even by 19th century standards). The explanation the president gave was brilliant. “I can find no warrant for such appropriation in the Constitution, and…though the people support the government, the government should not support the people.” He believed that, “the friendliness and charity of our countrymen can always be relied on to relieve their fellow citizen’s misfortune…” Rather than receiving the 10 thousand in government assistance, the Texas farmers were given 20 thousand in charitable donations from neighbors and fellow countrymen. It is time our community began acting like one.