Cultivating a new mindset in the New Year!
A turn into a new year is an opportunity for us to evaluate habits, goals, and changes we want to adopt. Since Farmers Market is in our name, we are always looking for ways to practice sustainability and have cultivated a list on how to make small changes towards this theme.
1. Compost because, science! We like to see food break it down just like dance floor moves. Invest in a sturdy bin and stick food scraps, eggshells, coffee grounds, and much more to decompose and then use in your garden. Pro tip: stay away from adding citrus to your compost if you plan on vermicomposting with wiggly, wormy friends.
2. Gardening! Even the smallest spaces can produce significant yields. From herbs in a jar on a window sill inside, to an outdoor, vertical terrace, growing food can provide an understanding of nature in multiple ways. Find a DIY project that works with your space and budget and maybe even re-purposes old containers and shelves.
3. Less plastic! Reduce is the first "R" in the the well-known Reduce, Reuse, Recycle mantra. Shop bulk with glass jars or forgo plastic produce bags altogether in the grocery stores. Purchase a sturdy fabric tote or reuse a cardboard box for your Market haul. Pro tip: Did you know we also have two Vendors that upcycle large feed bags into beautiful totes, bags, and wallets? Activate the third and final "R" by bringing such bags directly to these Vendors for them to recycle and transform.
The new year also brings a host of information on Craft & Food Juries, Friendship Square Performances, and the beloved Poster Art opportunity. Read on to stay up-to-date on these announcements and deadlines!
-Amanda Argona, Community Events Manager