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The How and Why of Locating a Farmer’s Market Near yOu!

For most, grocery shopping entails pushing a cart at your local supermarket. Just because the store may be nearby, the food itself is often hardly local. On average, the typical American meal comprises ingredients from at least five different countries, travelling about 1,500 miles. This shipping uses fossil fuels, contributes to pollution, and creates extra waste for packaging the food. By buying food locally sourced you can reduce your carbon footprint. One way to do this is by frequenting a farmer’s market.

One of the biggest perks of farmers’ markets is that they promote sustainability. Because the foods are locally sourced, food travels less miles, meaning less usage of resources like fossil fuels. Furthermore, produce that is shipped often uses more packaging to protect itself on its journey. Food at the farmers’ markets usually uses less packaging because it does not travel as far.

Farmers’ markets not only reduce the impact on our environment, but also provide more nutritious food. When produce is transported from farther distances, it is picked before its peak and often processed with wax or gasses—all to ensure that it is still good when it arrives to the consumer.

Because produce at farmers’ markets is locally sourced, the food is minimally processed and harvested closer to its peak, meaning that the consumer reaps the maximum nutritional value.

Lastly, farmers’ markets support your local community. They help smaller businesses—specifically family farmers. In the era of globalization, most agriculture is dominated by large corporate farms. Shopping at your local farmers’ markets supports these families.

Visit a farmers’ market near you and experience the sun on your neck, open air aisles, the smells that beckon you to various booths, and the mosaic of colors that greet you. Don’t forget your reusable bags! Visit Walnut for a tote or try out their new reusable produce bags and reduce your carbon footprint by wasting less in your life.

Some markets in the Pasadena area are listed below:

Pasadena/South Pasadena

Sundays, 9:00am – 2:00pm

Holly Street at Fair Oaks   Avenue

Tuesdays, 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

363 East Villa Street at Garfield Avenue

Tuesdays, 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.

Corporate Center Pasadena located at 251 S. Lake Avenue

Wednesdays, 3:30-7:30 p.m.

500 block of Union Street

2 blocks East of Los Robles

Thursdays, 4 p.m. to 8 p.m.

Located at Meridian Ave. and El Centro on the Metro Gold Line at South Pasadena Station.

Saturdays, 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

Victory Park


Wednesdays, 4:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.

600 W. Palm Avenue, Altadena, CA




You can also use the US Department of Agriculture’s Farmers’ Markets Search to easily find a market near you.




Local Eco-Event Coverage: July 2013!

Local Eco-Events/Eco-Party Write-Up

by Waste Less Living, Inc.


Mary and Ted’s Wedding Reception

July 2013

Elegant and light-hearted and simple, it was a perfect, sunny California day for a reception honoring a beautiful couple! And it was such a dear and precious moment as the couple addressed the crowd and spoke on the miracle of their meeting and relationship. Their testimony instilled hope and wonder and laughter and faith in all who attended.

My Personal Ingredients for an event that “Wastes-Less”:

  • I found tea plates at a local thrift store for prices ranging from thirty cents to one dollar per plate. Each guest was invited to take their plate home as party favors and use it for the small breakfast foods made available. A sink was also available for immediate washing.
  • Used natural twigs, branches and leaves as the major elements of the centerpieces
  • Created additional décor out of printed paper that could be composted
  • Borrowed cloth napkins and cloth tablecloths (such a blessing!)
  • Used glass jars for the centerpieces and used their tops as additional candle holders (gave both away along with the entire centerpiece designs to attendees who wanted them)
  • Created “Thyme Lime” party favors: limes were cut in half, scooped out, the shells filled with Waste Less Living’s brand of compost and sprigs of thyme planted in each. Little paper butterflies were attached to wooden (compostable) toothpicks and stuck into the soil. The lime shell and everything in it can be planted right into the ground; the lime fruit that was scooped out helped make a simple, lime flavored drink.

We used the following compostable items from Waste Less Living, Inc. : sugar plates for the cake, as well as the corn-based forks & wooden stirrers for our food and drink.

Once the fact was announced that all food scraps and tableware could be composted, the attendees reacted with a little bit of “aahing” at the idea. And, surprisingly, were quick to understand and endeavor to respect the request to reuse their utensils, versus throwing them away and getting new ones.

It felt like a great accomplishment—and pretty innovative—to end up putting most of what was left over (food, plates, utensils, unclaimed party favors, décor, etc) into the compost receptacle!

Overall it was an event that, in every detail, thoroughly endeavored to honor the couple and each of the attendees for whom they care so much.

~ Event Coordinator: Quoleshna Elbert

Waste Less Living, Inc. would like to hear from you!

If you are a Waste Less Living client and would like to share tips and ideas about your event with us, contact us!

Every Second Thursday of the month, at 6pm, Waste Less Living, Inc. and Walnut is hosting a Zero-Waste Eco-Party of their own. Visit Walnut at 2104 East Walnut Street every second Thursday of the month to learn how to host your own zero-waste eco-party, share ideas with others and learn about our other services and opportunities that help “close the loop” on wasting less!