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Ossining Farmers Market Strives To Be Plastic Bag-Free

Ossining's Down to Earth Market is phasing out the use of plastic bags at the market.
Ossining's Down to Earth Market is phasing out the use of plastic bags at the market. Photo Credit: File

OSSINING, N.Y. -- The Ossining Farmers Market will begin a new era with no plastic shopping bags on Saturday, Sept. 27.

Down to Earth Markets, the manager of this market and 18 others in the region, estimates that at least 64,000 single-use plastic bags leave the Ossining market every year.

The company encourages customers to Bring Your Own Bag. Market vendors will charge 10 cents for every point-of-sale shopping bag with handles, with the expectation to phase out plastic shopping bags with time. (Clear plastic produce bags will continue to be given out for fish, pickles and other foods with liquid). “Ossining is our longest-running farmers market and our home," said Frankie Rowland, community relations director at Down to Earth Markets. "The community here is telling us that they want to be at the forefront of the movement to reduce plastic waste,”  On Saturdays, Sept. 20 and Sept. 27, shoppers are invited to donate their extra reusable bags to the Ossining market manager. The manager will offer these bags for shoppers to use instead of plastic.

For every bag donated, the giver can enter a raffle for a $25 gift certificate to the Ossining Farmers Market. Also, Green Ossining plans to host a “T-Shirt to Tote” workshop at the market, teaching all how to transform old T-shirts into reusable bags. Visit the event calendar at DowntoEarthMarkets.com for full details. Ossining’s Down to Earth Farmers Market takes place every Saturday, at the corner of Spring and Main Streets, from 8:30 a.m.-1 p.m., all year-round. (Winter market opens at 9 a.m.)

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