Rising food costs are big news these days, and news stories like this one are looking at the losses big restaurant chains are suffering as a result. If you’re a small restaurant buying from local producers in your community, this might be a chance to get even more attention for what you do.

You already pay more for your ingredients, and you have relationships with your suppliers and customers that big chains can’t compete with. So when you find yourself faced with raising the price on a menu item, you can come out of the kitchen and explain why to your guests.

It might seem like a simplified look at a complex issue, but while chains are struggling as a result of their participation in a busted industrial food system, small-scale, community-oriented food businesses have an opportunity to shine a light on their work–the work that might endure our current economy and inform our future.