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Free reusable produce bags will be given to the first 500 people who come to the Davis Farmers Market shed on Wednesday, Aug. 6, starting at 5 p.m. The giveaway is part of the market's "Go Green, Feed Good" campaign that promotes reducing the use of plastic bags at the market. Courtesy photo

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Farmers Market shoppers can pick up free reusable produce bags

As part of its “Go Green, Feel Good” campaign, the Davis Farmers Market will give away 500 three-packs of reusable produce bags to the first 500 customers who stop by the market shed on Wednesday, Aug. 6, beginning at 5 p.m. in Central Park, Third and C streets.

The campaign is in response to Davis’ new plastic bag ordinance, which took effect July 1. The ordinance prohibits single-use plastic bags at all retail, restaurant and city facilities in Davis. However, it does not ban plastic produce bags or plastic bags used for bulk items — candy, nuts, cereals, doughnuts, cookies, etc. — and for meat, frozen food and potted plants.

Randi MacNear, market manager, says the idea to purchase and give away reusable produce bags came from the market’s board last year.

“When we heard about the Davis City Council’s move toward a plastic bag ordinance, our board members started thinking about how the market might respond,” she said. “We saw this as an opportunity for the market to help reduce plastic bag use among our customers. That means shopping without using plastic bags whenever you can.”

The Davis Farmers Market purchased 7,000 three-packs of reusable produce bags — with packaging and labels branded with the market’s name — for the “Go Green, Feel Good” campaign. Thousands of the bags will be given to vendors to give to their customers, and directly to shoppers.

Shoppers also may purchase the bags in packages of three (three bags for $3) at the market shed while supplies last. The market also is offering a free three-pack of reusable produce bags with the purchase of any market basket until supplies of the reusable bags run out.

“Davis is a pretty green community and the market wants to help people see how easy it is to use fewer plastic bags when they shop the Farmers Market,” MacNear said. “It’s all about changing our habits and our reliance on plastic bags.”

Additional bag giveaways are also planned for upcoming Wednesday and Saturday markets. Dates will be announced soon.

The “Go Green, Feel Good” campaign builds on the market’s zero-waste program at Picnic in the Park, launched in 2010, that diverts more than 90 percent of trash and garbage generated at the 33-week concert series that runs from mid-March through October.

The market has diverted from landfills more than 56,000 pounds (28 tons) of waste since 2010 when the program began, MacNear said.

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