The grocery store is not the only option for getting your weekly food supplies.
Here you can buy local items like fruits and veggies that are not stored in plastic. Depending on which one you attend they have different vendors that sell different items. Handmade jewelry, oils, soaps, skin care solutions, and of course food from local farms. If you do a search online for one near you, they will tell you the days and times they are open. Most are dog friendly as well, so I use it as an opportunity to take my dog, Lexie out for a stroll while I check out the merchandise.
In Tucson, I visit the Food in Root farmer’s market. These markets take place on different days around town. It is nice to see that even those on food programs like Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) can get fresh food at these markets. If heading out to a Farmer’s Market here is what I recommend you take with you:
- Water bottle (bowl for the dog)
- Reusable bags
- Reusable produce bags/cloth snack bags
- Empty egg or berry cartons you can give a vendor to reuse
Community Supported Agriculture (CSA)
If you have a full house at home to feed, CSA’s can be a good option to consider. You can sign up for weekly boxes of things like produce, meats, cheese and eggs. You normally get whatever is in season so if you are open to that, it can be a great way to support local and go plastic free. I personally have not done this, as my household tends to be too small for this and last thing I want to do is waste food. But you never know, I might find a fit down the road. Tucson Foodie has a great article about this: https://tucsonfoodie.com/2014/07/04/csa-in-tucson/
Co-ops are run and managed by those that use the services. This allows you to have a say in how you would prefer things to be done. If this interests you a great example is Food Conspiracy Co-op and you can learn all about them on their website.