A while back my dear friend Natalie introduced me to a blog called the Zero Waste Home. Author of the blog Bea Johnson and her family live so carefully and thoughtfully that they only produce enough waste to fit in a one quart jar each year. They follow principles to reduce their waste that include buying from their local farmer's market. The author has found that not only does this reduce the amount of trash that they produce, but this style of living is overall cleaner, simpler and more fulfilling. Reducing the minutes we spend on waste management in our homes helps to conserve personal resources that include money as well as time.
Though I do not have aspirations (at present) to live a zero waste lifestyle, I've been tremendously inspired to think carefully about the environmental impact I make with my choices, and delighted anew with how shopping at a local farmer's market makes that easy for me. The following are some of the ways that shopping this way has helped me to reduce waste in my home, save time and money, and live a richer life. What are some ways that shopping at our local market has enriched your life?