Every Saturday from August to October, my friends and I visit the Cheyenne Farmer’s Market to pick up fresh produce. It’s seriously such a treat – definitely one of the highlights of my week!
The market is a blast, and features more than 40 vendors from throughout Wyoming and Colorado. So far, we’ve been able to find organic fruits and vegetables, artisan breads, local honey, speciality foods like salsa and hot sauce, flowers, herbs, and even some native trees!
And bonus: all market proceeds benefit Community Action of Laramie County. Cool right?
Not only does this farmer’s market have tons of fresh, in-season goodies, but it is also less expensive than shopping at a conventional supermarket. And the community environment is so much better! Shopping local also helps me align my meal planning with what’s in season, creating natural diversity in my diet. It encourages me to try new things.
How to Shop Zero Waste at the Farmer’s Market
Every time I visit the farmer’s market I bring:
- My vintage wicker picnic basket (similar here)
- A selection of reusable cloth baggies (for loose produce)
- My favorite to-go mug (to sample coffees)
This preparation means I can purchase all my produce for the week, without creating any trash in the process. It takes a little bit to get used to the habit, but bringing a shopping kit is so worth it! I feel good, knowing my environmental impact is minimal, that I’ve contributed to the community, and that I can enjoy local goods every week.
I also make it a point to avoid common market pitfalls like:
- Free samples in plastic cups
- Throwaway coffees
- Plastic bags at market stands
- Rubber bands
While these make sampling farmer’s market goodies convenient, they contribute to the sort of unnecessary waste we’ve grown so accustomed to. Still want to enjoy the taste tests? Pack your own washable napkin, cup, and small dish. I guarantee those farmer’s market sellers would be happy to treat you to that local salsa you’ve been eyeing. Just be polite!
What’s your favorite part about your town’s farmer’s market? Let me know in the comments!
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