Don't forget to bring your reusable bags to the Farmers Market this year!
In support of the City of Iowa City's on-going sustainability efforts, single-use plastic shopping bags will no longer be provided by Iowa City Farmers Market vendors. Farmers Market staff encourage patrons to bring their own bags, baskets, or boxes to carry their goods.
To help launch this new policy, the Iowa City Farmers Market has purchased 1,500 cloth bags which will be given away at the first few markets, while supplies last. After these are gone, the market will sell bags for $3 each at the information table.
What’s wrong with plastic bags?
Supporting a sustainable food system is not just about the food, it's also important to have sustainable options for packaging the food. Plastic bags are one of the most widely used products in the world, however only 1 to 4 percent of bags in the U.S. are recycled (Center for Urban Education and Sustainable Agriculture).
In March 2016, Iowa City received a 4-STAR Community Rating for sustainability excellence, by being formally certified in the STAR Community Rating System.
The decision to no longer allow single-use plastic bags not only aligns with the goals of the City of Iowa City as a STAR community, but also with the mission of the Iowa City Farmers Market to provide an educational forum for consumers to learn the uses and benefits of quality, locally grown or prepared food products while supporting the Iowa City area's sustainable food system.
The Iowa City Farmers Market is a program provided by the Iowa City Parks and Recreation Department.
- Where? Chauncey Swan Park Farmers Market, 405 E. Washington St.
- When? Operates the beginning of May to the end of October
- Specifics? Wednesdays, 5-7 p.m. and Saturdays, 7:30 a.m.-12 p.m.