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Local First Vermont

Local First Vermont is a program of VBSR 

Our mission is to preserve and enhance the economic, human, and natural vitality of Vermont communities by promoting the importance of purchasing from locally-owned independent businesses. We achieve this through education of citizens, businesses and local governments.

About Us

Why Local First?


Buy Local Resource Guide and Coupon Book 

The Buy Local Book Resource Guide and Coupon Book is an annual project of VBSR. The goal is to incentivize Vermonters to support local businesses and strengthen local communities. The book includes two main sections:

1. A RESOURCE SECTION that features local stories, merchant profiles and pages that explain why it's important to buy local, eat local and invest locally.

2. A COUPON SECTION that includes 230+ coupons valued at more than $3,000 in savings at locally owned businesses throughout Vermont. The coupon section organized geographically:  Addison County, Chittenden County, Washington County and a new section called Explore Vermont (see below). All coupons are good for a full year (September 1, 2016 - September 1, 2017). 


Books are available at dozens of select retailers across Vermont for just $20.  


NEW FOR 2016-17



The NEW Local First Vermont Mobile App is for Vermonters who prefer using an phone or tablet to redeem coupons instead of carrying their book or paper coupons.

The app is available for on Google Play for Android devices​ and on the App Store for iOS devices. Click below to download the app at no charge.




There is a $20 fee to activate all of the coupons on the app.  People who purchase the book can get the app and activate another set of coupons for just $10 extra. See book for detaills.

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS about the Local First Vermont Mobile App




This NEW section features 50 new locally owned businesses in the six Vermont towns listed below.  We've included a list of things to do in each town plus a set of coupons to save money while you eat local, drink local, buy local and explore local!  

  • Brattleboro
  • The Champlain Islands
  • Manchester
  • Rutland
  • Stowe
  • Woodstock






The Buy Local Book makes a great school fundraiser! 

In 2015, VBSR helped Vermont school groups raise more than $26,000 using the Buy Local Book.

For infomation about how your school group can sign up, please contact Red Barn Fundraising or Local First Vermont.



Printed versions of the Buy Local Book make a great gift for everyone on your list!  Purchase 5 books and get a 6th book FREE.  This offer and deeper discounts on larger bulk purchases are available through VBSR's office in Burlington. Please CONTACT US for details.


TESTIMONIAL:  Click the image below to hear how one local business-owner benefits from being part of the Buy Local Book.


Champion Members!

Sponsor: All Earth Renewables Sponsor: Ben and Jerrys Sponsor: Dinse/Knapp/McAndrews Sponsor: Gardeners Supply Sponsor: Green Mountain Power Sponsor: Keurig Green Mountain Sponsor: Marketing Partners Sponsor: New Chapter Sponsor: NRG Systems Sponsor: Seventh Generation Sponsor: SunCommon Sponsor: Villanti & Sons, Printers, Inc. Sponsor: Vermont State Employees Credit Union