Sustainable summer highlight: Farmers Market
For the past three weeks, local farmers and campus organizations have gathered on the Gateway Plaza in front of the McNamara Alumni Center. At this market, local farmers set up tents and sell produce to the University community every Wednesday from 11 am -2 pm.
In addition to the farmers, there are food vendors and university programs there to talk and interact with the public. Our office, the Office of Sustainability is there every week making reusable bags out of recycled t-shirts. This serves the dual purpose of giving old shirts a new life and providing market-goers with sustainable, reusable bags to carry their groceries.
The t-shirts being made have been donated from Arc’s Value Village and the campus ReUse Program. We cut and tie the shirts to create a bag, so the scraps are recycled at the Hennepin County Textile Recycling Program.
The Farmers Market will continue this year until the end of September. Stop by to support Minneapolis’ local food system and local economy. If you can’t make it to the University’s Farmers Market, there are over 60 other markets in the Twin Cities for you to visit. Don’t forget to bring your reusable bag when you go to avoid plastic!