Why Buy Local? The Benefits of Buying Missouri-Made

Often touted as the best way to support your community, buying local means just that – purchasing items grown or manufactured in Missouri. In today’s world of “makers” it is easy for consumers to venture away from mass-produced products and enjoy the benefits of purchasing quality, locally made items.

Whether you are buying a product from the farmers’ market or a local business, you are not only supporting the local economy, but also supporting your community. Your support helps their businesses survive.

Buying locally also presents a special networking opportunity among businesses and strengthens communities. Choosing to buy from other businesses within your community or state can lead to new connections, special discounts, and the chance to collaborate and support one another’s brands.

Smockingbird’s offers a variety of local, Missouri-made goods available for purchase both in store and online. Check out these makers and their products! 

Wind & Willow, Inc is a family-owned business located in the Ozarks of southwest Missouri in operation since 1991. Wind & Willow cheeseball and dip mixes are easy to prepare and share – the perfect addition to any party or addition to a gift basket.

Messner Bee Farm is in Raytown, just outside of Kansas City. Made from locally sourced wax and all-natural ingredients, these beeswax lip balms are simple yet moisturizing and come in a variety of flavors and tints.

Made in Springfield and inspired by family float trips, Float Trip Pickles are a delicious combination of homemade sweet pickles and spicy jalapenos. Float Trip Pickles will be the hit of your next BBQ, tailgate or of course, float trip.

The War for Missouri 1861-1862, written by local Fulton author (and favoritehusband) Joseph W. McCoskrie Jr., details the fight for the Show-Me State. Pick up an autographed copy and begin exploring Missouri’s tumultuous history during the Civil War.

Raw Buzz Natural Skin Care & Candles are products handmade in Kansas City with all-natural ingredients for beauty, bath, and personal care. The charcoal goat’s milk soap is an amazing choice for people with dry or sensitive skin and is great for conditions such as psoriasis and eczema.

Local Missouri Honey is proven to have healing properties and help with seasonal allergies. Honeysuckle Acres is in Hickory Hills and produce flavored honey and bath products.

Epsom Salt Soaks by Heartland Fragrance are made in Tipton and come in a variety of fragrances. Magnesium sulfate, better known as Epsom salt, has been used for ages for beauty, health, and wellness.


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