Looking to live a slower, more well-rounded sustainable life? Then Springfield Mercantile Co. is for you. This modern general store located on Commercial Street sells plastic-free, chemical-free, zero waste items such as beeswax wraps, reusable produce bags, kitchen items such as scrub brushes, soaps, candles and more.
This little market located near the intersection of Pickwick Avenue and Cherry Street provides shoppers with organically grown, ethically sourced and local foods out of its market, cafe and community space. If you’re comfortable bringing in your own containers, this market also offers customers to shop in bulk. While you’re there, don’t forget to try the homemade ice cream.
Join a CSA
Once summer comes around, look into joining a CSA program, otherwise known as community supported agriculture. It works like this: For a fee, customers receive a share of the farm’s produce each week. These goods are often produce, mostly veggies, and they’re delivered straight to you door. Millsap Farm, Urban Roots Farm and Green Thicket Farm all have a CSA program. Research which option would be the best for your lifestyle and plan to participate during peak season next year.
Looking to get involved now? According to its website, Millsap Farm has a “Fall Festival Share” this year which runs from late October to mid-December. And Urban Roots Farm has its own farmstand that operates on a cash honor system. It’s available throughout the year and regularly stocked.