I understand the "Shop Local" theme. It should be the first thing you think of when you live in small towns and/or rural areas. It makes all the difference in the world when you spend your hard-earned dollars at the the local stores.
What's one of the first things you do when you're in the grocery store shopping for items that you know you want the freshet date or the most-further-out expiration date? You pick up up that item and look for the numbers.