Happy Earth Day!

Happy Thursday, friends, and Happy Earth Day! Every year on April 22nd, we celebrate our Earth with Earth Day, an annual event since 1970 to demonstrate support for environmental protection. We like to think Earth Day is every day, but it's also great to have one dedicated day, too. As a farmers' market, we love celebrating our earth - it's where everything starts. Rain falls, the earth opens, plants grow, we eat. We live. We flourish. We always say: no farmers, no food. Well: no Earth, no food. Just as we're thankful for the people who grow, raise, make and bake our food, we're also thankful for the Earth whose bounty we enjoy! Protecting our Earth and using sustainable practices of growing, cooking, eating, and living are great ways to be thankful!

Farmers’ Markets and Sustainability

Farmers’ Markets and sustainability go hand in hand.

For example, those who sell directly at farmers’ markets cut down on “food miles.” The distance food has to travel is related to the amount of fossil fuels required to get to the destination! On average, food travels about 1600 kilometers (1000 miles) to get from the place of production to the point of sale. Dave and Dominga from Greystead Gardens, for example, travel about 30 kilometers (20 miles) to get from their farm to the market on Saturdays. That’s one fiftieth of the distance, and one fiftieth of the impact on our earth! Farmers’ Markets usually have a set local boundary, so vendors only come from inside that boundary. Our local boundary is 250 kilometers to allow for a rich selection of food from across Southern Ontario, but most of our vendors live and work much closer.

Vendors who sell at Farmers’ Markets are important members of local communities; they are a part of those communities and care for them! More and more vendors who sell at farmers’ markets adopt environmentally sound farming practices and production practices that improve, rather than degrade, the natural environment.

Our journey

We’re all part of the same circle that ties us to the earth. I’m sure you agree that it can be overwhelming to think about the many suggestions we hear every day for how we can take better care of her, but there is always a small place to start!

Here are some small ways you can incorporate protecting your earth into your farmers’ market routine:

  • Bring and use a reusable bag!
      • You’ll have to carry your fresh goods home somehow, and we love nothing better than a durable, handy, and cute reusable bag! A good reusable bag is much more efficient than a single use bag, and they look much better too!
      • If you happen to forget yours, don’t fret! We have some for sale both Inside the Market and Outside at the Farmers’ Market!
  • Return produce cartons!
      • Those little green produce cartons that fresh goods often come in? If you take it home, you can return it the following week!
      • These little plastic containers are pretty handy, but even more so when they can be reused more than once!
  • Re-use and Recycle!
      • If your baked goods come in a container or a bag, try to recycle it when you’re done.
      • Your empty jars of preserves are great for lots of things! Don’t get rid of them too quick. I use mine to store leftovers in the fridge or as small vases for flowers. What do you use your jars for?

In a time of COVID-19, recycling and re-using and multi-use items become more tricky because we want to keep everyone safe. But it’s wonderful if we can find a way to do this safely.

We’ve been having difficulties with this as well – we are allowed to have and encourage reusable bags, but reusable containers and dishes aren’t suggested by health officials. We miss getting our coffee at the market in our own mugs but hopefully we can do so again soon!!

So, happy Earth Day friends! Take a walk, breathe fresh air, and dig your hands in some soil.

Here's Who You'll Find at the Farmers' Market!

This is the list, folks! See who you can find at the Farmers’ Market this Saturday, April 24th! Click on their names to find information on pre-orders and to learn more about their farms and businesses!

Check out their websites for more information about their products and to see what’s in season/currently available!