BYOB Program


Ditch the paper and plastic

What the heck is BYOB?

We launched our Bring Your Own Bag program in 2016 as a way of encouraging our customers to bring their reusable bags when shopping at the Market.  For several years we charged $.05 for small and medium paper bags and $.10 for large paper bags and donated those funds to local organizations, including produce donations to the Woodstock Community Food Shelf.

At the time, we envisioned a day when reusable bags would be used exclusively for all shopping throughout the Upper Valley community. In 2020 we were thrilled to see Vermont’s Single-Use Products Law go into effect, banning the use of plastic carryout bags (and other products) in stores throughout the state. The law also requires that stores charge 10 cents per paper bag.

All bag fees collected at the Market will be donated to local nonprofits, such as the Woodstock Community Food Shelf. So if you forget your reusable bag when you shop with us, at least you know that your paper bag fee is going to a good cause.

What’s Our Goal

  • To eliminate the use of single use paper and plastic bags at the Farmers’ Market.
  • To support local organizations by donating the monies generated through paper bag fees.

How You Can Help

  • Bring reusable bags with you every time you shop! If you do need to use a plastic produce bag, make sure to save it and bring it with you next time. You could also purchase a mesh bag for veggies/fruit and use it over and over. Or … Shop Naked! Consider going without a bag at all! Let your produce go naked in your shopping bag. (not recommended for green beans, Bussels sprouts, peas and other small items).
  • Purchase our Farmers’ reusable bags and canvas totes. You’ll find them in the checkout area, across from the registers.
  • Buy a paper bag for $.10 cents and know the money goes directly to local nonprofits.

Paper Bag Fees Make a Difference

The first year (2016) we began charging for paper bags, we spent $10,066 on paper shopping bags, which equals 146,800 individual bags. The following year (2017) we reduced the bag usage to 66,300 – that’s 48% less paper bags! Paper bags are easy to recycle, but have a high environmental cost to manufacture, releasing heavy metals and greenhouse gasses into the environment.

We’re just one store. Imagine the exponential impact of Vermont’s new law. We’ll be watching closely!