Buying local products can benefit your community in quite a few ways. Aside from recirculating money within your local economy, buying local goods can also reduce your carbon footprint. How so? It’s because the logistics of getting products from the farm or factory to your home can take a lot of transport and can require lots of packaging. This means more carbon emissions.
The San Joaquin Valley provides fresh produce for many Californians. Due to the Valley’s proximity to the Monterey Peninsula, there are plenty of opportunities for RENEW customers to buy locally here. Here is a list of top local farmers’ markets where you can pick up some fresh, locally grown produce, or goods to help reduce your carbon footprint along the coast.
WHEN: Every Saturday from 10 AM to 2 PM
WHERE: 656 Broadway, Seaside, CA, 93955
WHAT: The Seaside Certified Farmers’ Market which recently became a year-round market, provides fresh food & fun for all. Produce such as fruits and veggies are available, as well as freshly picked flowers. Activities include cooking classes and healthy living activities.
WHEN: Every Monday from 3 PM to 6 PM during the winter months
WHERE: Downtown Pacific Grove on Central and Grand Ave (in front of Jewell Park).
WHAT: In Pacific Grove, you can find fresh fruits and veggies such as broccoli, artichokes, snap peas, cabbage, plums, grapefruit, cilantro, and cauliflower. There is also an assortment of food vendors and several local artists will have their work on display and up for sale. Free parking is also available!
WHEN: Every Sunday from 10 AM to 2 PM
WHERE: Marina Village Shopping Center, 215 Reservation Rd., Marina, CA, 93933
WHAT: At the Marina Farmers’ Market, several crops are in season right now. You can find fresh basil, avocados, carrots, roses, kale, onion, oranges, peaches, strawberries, potatoes and spinach! Oh my!
WHEN: Every Tuesday during the winter months from 4 to 7 PM
WHERE: The Old Monterey Marketplace on Alvarado Street between Del Monte and Pearl, Monterey, CA 93940
WHAT: Anything you can imagine is here: handmade arts and crafts, furniture, clothing, local homegrown produce, and flowers. Food vendors featuring various international foods will also be on the scene. If you have a sweet tooth then you’re in luck! Homemade goodies such as baklava, cookies, pies, and other pastries are also available at the market. Additionally, you are even able to donate blood, adopt pets, register to vote, and enjoy live performances by local musicians at the market.
Along with being able to fill up with RENEW, which reduces your tailpipe emissions by up to 30%, you can utilize these opportunities to buy local products to further reduce your carbon footprint.