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C.O.R.E. Promotes Buying Local

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As predicted by experts, "Staycations" are still the trend when it comes to celebrating holidays. KTEN Jhen Kordela went to one event Saturday that could coin the term and has more on the story.

Kicking off the first official day of Labor Day weekend, many residents opted to stick close to home. And, what better way to appreciate your immediate surroundings than with a local spot, local entertainment, as well as locally grown and prepared food.

The money spent at this "Staycation" Saturday in Fannin County filters right back into the place you call home.

"You're basically building your community's economic base by spending money locally, whether it be for farm products or lumber or hardware or whatever you're doing," says Nathan Melson, president of C.O.R.E., or Citizens Organizing for Resources and the Environment. 

Buying local. It's one of this non-profit's main priorities: to promote a Texoma-grown economy.

"We used local talent as part of our venue," says Faye Wedell, a C.O.R.E. member. 

It's a venue that included music and nature at Lake Fannin Historical Park. It even had activities for kids, raising money to keep the organization moving.

Lately, members have been trying to create a venue so farmers, growers and producers can get together to come up with places for buyers to go -- from maps of places you can drive to pick your own food, to farmer's markets.

"It's going to take time for people to catch on that this is something that little towns can do, and the farmers can be recognized," says Scott Lipsett, C.O.R.E. member. "So, people pop up that you've never met before and you go, 'oh, hey, what do you grow?'"

Adds Wedell: "Leonard -- it's a small town -- that's just a little bit south of Bonham -- has started a farmer's market that's being held on Saturday's and Tuesdays. It's very well done."

- Jhen Kordela, KTEN News.