Farmers markets have so many positives that will help me in becoming a step closer to sustainable living. A personal goal of mine is to reach 0 single-use plastic consumption, as well as the reduction of plastic in the bathroom and kitchen. In many mainstream supermarkets plastic comes in abundance with produce that naturally has a protective layer like bananas coming wrapped in plastic! More often than not farmers markets make efforts to reduce their plastic and usually sell the produce fresh and raw - the way it should be. The produce being fresh is a plus for our health, but as it travels from the local farms, CO2 emissions are not as significant compared to what a regular supermarket are likely to produce. Additionally, you are supporting local farmers and their livelihoods, where they have much more flexibility in setting their own prices. Lastly, it brings together the community, where people are able to socialise, give each other sustainable tips and talk about what they have been working on - where healthy communities are vital in propelling a sustainable future! So in understanding the effects of all these positives I am eager to take this step and make time to go to my local farmers markets where I pledge to continue eliminating single-use plastics from my life
Monday, February 11, 2019 - 13:37
02/25/2019 - 22:08
Visited my local farmers market on the weekend - much less plastic used in produce, with the majority of stalls displaying products without plastic. I brought my own bags which were perfect for my bunch of fresh picks. Also brought bread from a local baker, this came in a paper bag but next time I'll definitely be bringing my own bread bag. Had a vibrant communal atmosphere fostering a climate to meet new people, and talk about all things sustainable!