Help answer questions...

Tonight, as I write this, it is late. I am too tired to put words together, as to what we have accomplished this past week/weekend. Lately, I have been pondering a few questions, and would like to ask my visitors to help educate me

For readers out of the United States here is your question:

What country do most of the items you purchase come from? (Items like food, clothing, household products, etc.)

Please be sure to make note what country you are writing from. (Canada, Australia, Netherlands, etc.)

For United States readers:

Do you ever look at the country of orgin (where it was made) before you purchase the item?

Thank you for your time.

I hope to have a farm update shortly.

Have a great day.


Larissa said...

Hi Farmstead Pilgrimage
I found you on May Farm Cottage and found her from Rhonda Jean at Down to Earth as well!
I'm in Australia and it seems most things I pick up (and often put back down again) are from China. I was disgusted to see some frozen cauliflower and broccoli from there! Competing with perfectly good (although more expensive) Australian produce. I want to save money but at what cost? I try to buy Australian made but it is becoming harder and harder. I know for a fact that I could NOT buy EVERYTHING I need and get it all Australian, probably haven't been able to for many years. Hope this helps your quiz. I look forward to reading more!

Carla said...

Hi, Kris - I think I, too, came over from Rhonda's blog, a few months ago. So I've been a 'silent follower' for a while.
I'm in northern Idaho. I almost always look to see where something is from.

With food, I usually just check where the produce is from - if it has too many "food-miles", I don't buy it.

I don't buy fresh/frozen shrimp at all any more.

A Farmstead Pilgrimage... said...

Thank You, Larissa & Carla for taking the time to comment. Time I know is precious.

I have been curious if other countries get products from other countries --other than their own country. Living in 'my world', I don't pay attention to too much mainstream media anymore... Thankgoodness!

It appears Australia is also faced with the same choices we have here in the USA.

I fall into the same mindset as Larissa & Carla in purchasing local- or at at least seeking same origin of country.

Thank you both again for sharing.

Have a great day!

Anonymous said...

I am from Buenos Aires, Argentina. Most all food is Argentine except bananas and coffee. But other things are sometimes Argentine and sometimes Brazilian, and lots of times Chinese.
You have a lovely blog. Keep it up. God bless you Ana

Hedy King said...

Hello Kris, I am from Indiana and have spoken with you on occasion. I stopped shopping at WalMArt when Sam Walton died and all their goods starting coming from China. It is my small protest to giant boxstores pushing out small, local owners. I always look to see where my purchases were produced and am dismayed it is becoming difficult to find anything not made in China. I do not purchase unless it is at least made in the US. Produce items are shipped here from all across the world and I try to buy as locally as possible. We are members of a local Market Co-op and buy from it and the farmers market in season. My husband grows much of what we eat and together we preserve it. I admired what you and others across the world are doing. God be with your efforts Hedy King

A Farmstead Pilgrimage... said...

Hi Ana!

Thank you for your comment. I do not know too much about Buenos Aires, or Argentina for that fact, but find what you have shared to be interesting.

Now, I will be adding Buenos Aires to my list to learn about the culture there.

Have a blessed day! ~Kris

A Farmstead Pilgrimage... said...


I meant to say:

Now, I will be adding Buenos Aires to my list to learn about 'AND' the culture there.

A Farmstead Pilgrimage... said...

Hi Hedy!

Yes, I remember you. How are you?

I did not know about 'Walmart' stores, until about five years ago, when it finally arrived in our town. I guess we were lucky, our town held out against it coming in for that long.

I think local purchases are the best for any city. Much better for the person, if it's food purchases, as your more apt to receive a better quality fruits or produce.

I like your 'protest' ways. Anything helps, I think.

Blessings on your day,

William Cross said...

Hi Kris,

I almost always check place of origin anymore. A lot of the items we buy now are from the local stores and especially the amish ones, so we know we are at least getting as much as possible thats american made. You folks didn't miss much by not having a walmart around until recently. I doubt anything in that store will last any time at all under normal use. I surely can't see wasting my families money on any of it anymore.

God bless.


A Farmstead Pilgrimage... said...

Hi William!

I think your blessed to be living where to have so many 'other options' to be able to purchase items needed.

I agree with purchasing items and having them last. Money is tight, and to have to re-purchase something because it breaks or wears out quickly, due to it being made at a lessor quality is very frustrating.

Thanks for your comment, Willam. I'll be over to see ya soon.


Tracy said...

Hi Kris, I am from Australia and find that it is very misleading in the supermarket. Labelling sometimes looks like it is trying to disguise the fact that is imported. I try to buy from Australia only. It is difficult to comprehend that alot of our fresh produce travels thousands of kilometres from overseas and is still sold cheaper than local produce.

A Farmstead Pilgrimage... said...

Hi Tracy! Thank you for adding your comment.

I'm glad to hear you also are aware and try to purcahse locally.

The pricing does not make sense to me either.

I find your comment about the labeling to be appearing like it is disguising being imported facinating. Sounds like people are catching on and not purchasing as much.

Have a great day!