As I learn and evolve more towards the low waste lifestyle, I am determined to avoid and not contribute to the plastic waste that ends up in our landfills and other natural environments.
I have made it a priority to reanalyze the way I pack my backpack/purse/tote for my everyday errands.
While at work, I carry a lunch bag with bamboo cutlery, a cloth napkin and a reusable water container.
When I run errands (grocery shopping, visiting family, weekly library visits, etc.), I also carry my reusable water container, my Cal-Tiffin, for take-out or leftovers, reusable produce bags and totes and I started thinking how much more I could be doing when visiting the Farmer’s Market.
Now when I visit the farmers market, I take my own basket and sturdy canvas tote, reusable produce bags, a reusable berry basket and my Cal-Tiffin for pastries or for breakfast from the local vendors.
If you’re ever visiting the Dallas area, I highly recommend visiting the Farmers Market downtown.
Here are a few highlights:
Proper Baking Co. ‘traditionally handcrafts and creates authentic British Baked Goods’ and their selection is amazing but my favorite treat is “The Victoria Sponge.”
It’s a layered sponge cake with strawberry jam and vanilla buttercream, dusted with confectioners sugar. Seriously, the best treat from the farmers market.
Folklore & Tradition is also another one of my favorite stops to shop. Traditional artisan boutique, ethically sourced. Beautiful textiles, quality fabrics and affordable prices. Being a Mexican American, I always hate seeing traditional Mexican clothing or decor priced way higher than it would be straight from the motherland in Mexico.
I try to buy what’s in season and fresh herbs when I find them. I hand the vendors my reusable produce bags before they reach for a plastic bag and they are always happy to see a different alternative people use.
You can find just about everything at farmers markets these days but the most important reason I shop my local farmers market is to help the local farmers and vendors.
My father owns a farm in Mexico and I know what it is when it has been a good season and when it has been a bad season, how many things can go wrong with your crops, the extreme measurements you have to take to ensure your fields reach their full potential, the inclement weather you sometimes endure to make sure animals keep out of your vegetation, etc.
These farmers put their entire lives into their work and without them, what kind of fruit and vegetables would we have?
Really think about that. We would probably still have fruits and vegetables but not natural ones grown in the ground.
When we support our local farmers we:
- Taste real flavors. Produce is brought straight to us. There is no long distance shipping, no gassing to stimulate the ripening process and no sitting in storage for a long time period.
- Provide for family farmers for years to come.
- Help protect the environment by buying locally and avoid using large amounts of natural resources.
- We take care of our health. Grocery store produce contains pesticides, hormones, antibiotics and some genetic modification. Who wants to consume any of that?
- We connect with our community. We build relationships with local vendors and farmers who help support us as much as we help support them.
When is the last time you visited your local farmers market? Click here to find a farmers market near you.
From the daughter of a farmer & agriculturist,