Are you fair dinkum about local Aussie products? Do you know any true blue artisan battlers struggling to stay afloat during COVID? Do you want to give the underdog a fair go? Well throw a locally sourced shrimp on the barbie, tell the international big-dogs to hit the frog and toad and get around #AussieArtisanWeek.
We live in a retail environment where large supermarkets and multi-nation distributors control the majority of the products we see in shops, a reality that has been especially damaging for local boutique and artisan producers during the Covid-19 pandemic.
This has been a shock to many local crafters and producers, one that many businesses and traders haven't survived. In the spirit of helping out a struggling neighbour, iconic butter purveyor Pepe Saya is joining forces with a heap of other Aussie artisans for #AussieArtisanWeek and encourage buying local.
With fewer boots cruising through local markets and people going through financial stress, smaller, high-quality artisans have lost a large portion of their ability to connect to shoppers, but where there is a will there is a whey. Pepe Saya has managed to adapt to the Covid-19 situation and pivot towards online sales, as have many others—all they need now is for you to shop up a storm.
"We've been incredibly appreciative of all our customers who have supported us by buying Pepe Saya through our online store over the past four months," said butter maker and co-founder Pierre Issa. "Plus, when you buy small and buy local the product comes to you fresh, the process is more sustainable, and the money you spend goes directly back into the Australian economy."
To raise awareness of the importance of where and how we shop, Pepe Saya is banding together with other producers including Crumpets by Merna, Country Valley Dairy, Olsson's Sea Salt, Yarra Valley Caviar, Airgarden and Block 11 Organics to promote #AussieArtisanWeek. During this week, shoppers are encouraged to share pics and stories of their favourite local artisans with the hashtag #AussieArtisanWeek.
It's always a good time to be reminded to pause before you click 'dd to cart,' and to think about what we're buying, where it comes from and who we're supporting when we buy it. Check out the full list of local producers you can shop online as part of the event here, and don't forget to 'gram and hashtag.
If you've got more dollars to spend, this online art sale is donating all proceeds to First Nations organisations.
Image credit: Crumpets By Merna