We live in an age that provides opportunities to support and fight for social justice causes at every turn. Signing a petition online is often as easy as entering your name, zip code, and email address. Stories of injustice and outrage can be exposed and shared with a click on all social media and blogging platforms. Twibbons, hashtags, and viral challenges sweep through our communities in a matter of minutes.
Many of us like putting our money where our mouth is. So what if you can support your cause and support your local economy at the same time? Here are a few places around Knoxville that let you shop for a cause while also keeping your dollars local:
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If you live in the area, you’ve probably already heard about Yassin’s Falafel House. It was featured nationally by SquareUp (with a visit from Jack Dorsey, CEO of Square and Twitter ) and locally on WBIR. With the spotlight on immigration reform and the refugee crisis, many Knoxvillians are looking for a way to show their support for refugees struggling to find a home away from home. Yassin Terou, a Syrian refugee, built the business on memories from home and the American dream. The menu features traditional favorites from Middle Eastern cuisine like chicken shawarma, hummus, baba ghanoush, baklava, and of course, falafel.
More and more industrial farming has taken over in the United States leaving local farmers with the tough choice to sell their land and seek new employment. Shopping for produce at your local farmers market provides an income for local growers while giving shoppers the chance to interact with farmers, learn more about the growth processes, and have a little fun at the same time.
The Market Square Farmers Market interestingly operates in the same place as the old Market House which served as the marketplace for local farmers as early as the 1850s. The market is open from 9:00am – 2:00pm every Wednesday and Saturday, May through November, with special Winter and a holiday market to provide more year-round opportunities. Between local food trucks and farmers, you can purchase everything from eggs to lavender, dog biscuits to potatoes, buttermilk to bacon.
Location: Market Square Knoxville (Downtown)