Purchasing gently used items (learn more here) is the best way to support the environment and your budget.
When food shopping, however, there are different ways to shop more sustainably. Try to buy local whenever possible. Local food is fresher and travels a shorter distance than other items, reducing emissions from transportation. Because it is picked recently, it also retains more nutrients. Some local produce is even fully organic!
Don’t forget to bring your reusable bagwith you when you shop!
Here are some more tips for buying food that is more sustainable:
Shop Fresh Produce by the Season
Fresh fruit and vegetables in season this May include strawberries, asparagus, broccoli, tomatoes, spinach, cauliflower, herbs, peas, kale, lettuce, mushrooms, onions, turnips, radishes, and more.
Check out which produce is in season with this interactive guide here!
Visit Farmer’s Markets to Directly Support Farmers
Montgomery County is home to many farmer’s markets every day of the week! Check out this guide to 2022 farmer’s markets in the County.
Read more about farmer’s markets on the Office of Agriculture’s webpage.
Buy a Local CSA Box
CSA stands for Community Supported Agriculture. For a certain weekly, monthly, or seasonal fee, you get a share of the harvest. At a predetermined date and time, you can pick up or have your produce delivered!
My Green Montgomery is a project of the Montgomery County Department of Environmental Protection. It is a service to help Montgomery County residents think and live in a way that safeguards and sustains the health of our people, our county, and the planet.