RYAN’S TABLE BY Ryan Tatsumoto

For the past several years, I have been making a concerted effort to purchase my food ingredients from local purveyors so that more of my hard-earned dollars remain in the 50th. I realize that some of my money stays in Hawai‘i even if the produce I purchased was grown on the continent. That purchase still supports the local employee who works in that produce section or the local cashier who processed my purchase. But if you purchase local products, everyone local benefits — the employees working for that company; the grower or farmer who produced the product; and even the company managers, executives and owners return some of the dollars to the local economy by spending locally for their own personal needs.

I had this epiphany recently following a totally unrelated experience. If you recall, I enjoy a nice glass of vino. In fact, after the Hawai‘i Legislature approved direct wine shipments to the 50th, I created my fair share of accounts at various wineries in California and Washington. If you’re lucky, you are immediately offered wine directly from the winery — if not, the winery places you on a wait list.

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