Shopping Sustainably At the Farmers Market

Heirloom Farmers Markets is on a mission to make shopping at the farmers market a more sustainable act. There are many ways to live more sustainably and make a conscious effort to reduce our waste and take care of our planet everyday. Check out our list of simple sustainable farmers market tips:

  • Bring your own bags and baskets for carrying your market bounty. We also have beautiful and sturdy HeirloomFM canvas tote bags for purchase at the Market Information Booth. You can also decline a bag.
  • Bring glass storage containers and cloth produce bags and ask that your items be packaged in these more sustainable options.
  • Bring your own reusable napkins, utensils, bottles and straws. You can also decline these items if they aren’t needed.
  • Ask vendors if they can reuse containers, as many will. Otherwise repurpose the container at home.
  • Buy vegetable starts and native plants for your home gardens.
  • Bike or walk whenever you can.
  • Take home your recyclables if recycle bins are not available.
  • Shop local and support farmers. Many farmers use regenerative farming practices which leave the earth in better shape than when they began. Get your produce from the farmers market for a healthier earth and more vibrant food system.
  • Join one of our farmer’s CSAs (Community Supported Agriculture). A CSA is a weekly produce subscription, which is both a direct way to support farmers and have guaranteed seasonal produce each week. Famers who offer a CSA pick-up at the farmers market:

Show your support to these vendors who are working hard to make their small businesses more sustainable. We appreciate their efforts!

If your favorite vendors aren’t on this list, you can ask them how they can help make your shopping trip a more sustainable act. They may just learn something from you! Small changes can add up to make a big difference!