Environmental Sustainability – A Vital Part of Our Mission!
The Delmar Farmers Market is proud of our commitment to a cleaner, greener marketplace, which was a cornerstone of our founders’ vision for the marketplace since its humble beginnings in 2009. Our environmental committee establishes and implements programs/policies that strive to:
- Model sustainability practices within our farm market infrastructure;
- Reduce the amount of waste created at the market;
- Increase awareness of sustainability practices, and;
- Connect the market with environmental organizations for future collaboration.
The Delmar Farmers Market was the first market to ban single-use plastic bags, styrofoam containers, and plastic straws. Each year we sponsor and participate in the Town of Bethlehem’s “Recycle Fest” event and work with a host of environmental organizations to promote mutual sustainability goals like our Electric Vehicle (EV) events and demonstrations every fall.
We are also proud to support the Bethlehem Central School District’s environmental efforts, including funding of the middle schools Earth Tub composting systems. We’ve also partnered with BCSD and Bethlehem Tomorrow in a program with former Environmental Protection Agency administrator Judith Enck to raise awareness about plastic pollution and develop signage educating customers about waste reduction.
Please feel free to contact Mark Warford from our environmental committee with any questions regarding DFM’s sustainability guidelines and practices.