Richfield Farmers Market
The Richfield Farmers Market is currently working on several sustainability-related projects.
All vendors are local – vendors’ place of production must be within 200 miles of Richfield. In 2018, all vendors were within 80 miles. Promoting local vendors creates fewer travel miles for products, cutting down on associated environmental and transportation costs.
- Reusable Bags: Both donated bags and Boomerang Bags will be part of our “take a bag, leave a bag” program at the Farmers Market. We are working to significantly reduce the use of plastic bags at the market, phasing them out completely in 2021.
- Boomerang Bags: The Richfield Farmers Market has teamed up with community members to create free reusable shopping bags, called Boomerang Bags. These bags will be distributed at the Richfield Farmers Market to help reduce the use of plastic bags. Boomerang Bags are free, reusable, and shareable shopping bags made by community members for all of the community to use. Boomerang Bag sewing bees will be held on the second Saturday of each month, 11:00 am – 3:00 pm at Mainstreet Village. If you have any questions or want to get involved, please contact Jessica Anderson at 612-861-9363, or sewing bee leader, Anne, at 612-965-8738.
- Tote Bag Donations: The Richfield Farmers Market is collecting and distributing reusable cloth bag donations at the Richfield Farmers Market.
- Organics Recycling: Since 2019, the Farmers Market has had Organics Recycling collection on-site for vendors and customers at the weekly markets. This helps divert organic and compostable waste from the landfill! Efforts are ongoing to ensure that food serveware at the Market is all compostable or recyclable.
- Produce Aggregation Project: The Richfield Farmers Market is participating in a long-term produce aggregation pilot program, designed to help local farmers sell excess produce to area institutions. As part of this project, the Richfield Farmers Market is licensed as a Wholesale Food Handler. Area restaurants and institutions can purchase locally grown produce in season, and other shelf-stable locally made products through the farmers market, at wholesale prices. Local produce being served in local restaurants reduces food miles and adds fresher food to local menus.
Check out more information (schedules, vendors, etc) about the market here!