On Saturday, November 2, Austin’s premiere, zero-waste grocer in.gredients hosted a Fall Harvest Festival to celebrate the impending season by creating a space for the community to come together through music, art, and, of course, local food. The UT Micro Farm was grateful to be a part of such a vibrant event.
The UT Micro Farm hosted a table where children were able to engage with food and art through the use of “veggie stamps,” stamps made by green beans and potatoes when dipped in washable paint and placed on colorful construction paper that allowed children to creatively explore the textures of local food, learn about the farm, and, of course, have fun!
In.gredients’ mission of zero-waste is indicative of a larger trend in Austin to eliminate container waste from grocery stores, most notably by enacting a disposable bag ban in March which prohibits all businesses from providing single-use bags to its customers. However, most grocery items are pre-packaged in plastic, which adds to the waste during shopping.
One way to combat this is to bring your own containers to shop with, particularly when buying items that can be purchased in bulk. Many Austin grocery stores are equipped with bulk food sections and encourage customers to use their own containers to shop. While this requires some foresight and extra effort, it is one of the most impactful means of reducing the production and disposal of plastic.
Whether you shop at a farm, a local grocer, or a larger chain, keep in mind the amount of waste from bags and other packaging that accumulates daily. Shop with a purpose and get in the habit of recycling containers for future use.
Stay tuned for more updates from the farm and make sure to check out what we have growin’ at our weekly farm stand on Saturdays from 10a-12p!