Grimsby Farmers Market goes green

Grimsby Farmers’ Market is going green with reusable shopping bags.

To reduce the use of plastics, the market has 2,500 shopping bags to distribute to shoppers to hold their weekly shopping. The bags are a promotional product that bears the “Shop Fresh, Shop Local” market logo on the front panel, with advertisers purchasing space on the back and side panels of the bags.

The bags are free and the market hopes to encourage people to support the many merchants and businesses who have paid for the bags. Bags are available on the market, and hundreds were distributed at the recent successful Happening in Grimsby.

There’s a bonus: bring your bag with you when you come to the market, and you’ll receive a ballot to enter a weekly draw for $25 in market dollars. Market dollars are common currency in the market, and every seller will accept them at face value. The winner of the first draw was Cathy Smart, a long-time market customer. The competition will last for the rest of the season.

August Restaurant’s Clayton Gillie (as well as You Had Me at Pizza and Smoke and Moonshine) is doing his own thing to reduce plastics, which joined the market this year. All of their takeout products are packaged in post-consumer cardboard containers. Gillie has outfitted a food truck to meet her ambitions of reaching more customers at Grimsby Farmers’ Market and other local events.

They were recently in St. Catharines for an event and will be at the Port Dalhousie Supper Market. When complete, the truck will be fully capable of delivering cooked-to-order meals, but for now they are offering some of August’s restaurant favorites including soups, freshly baked breads and scones. Lunches can be offered before the end of the season.

– Michelle Seaborn is the Grimsby Farmer’s Market Manager

James V. Payne