OTFM is taking steps to reduce our environmental impact. We are always improving strategies and processes that result in continuous refinement of the plan and reduction of the Market’s footprint. This is evident in elements such as our paperless vendor application and operations management processes, collection and distribution of items for repurposing by Market vendors, and efforts to minimize waste at the Market.
1. Bins are placed at specific vendor booths to collect items to be re-purposed.
2. Bodacious Betty's has initiated a #FutureFriendlyBags program. Participating companies include Graze the Prairie grass fed beef and lamb, Belle and Buddy’s Kitchen and Kathy’s Quilts. Stop by and receive a FREE repurposed/reusuable bag.
3. Ongoing encouragement of shoppers to bring reusable bags.
4. Compost collection for on-site food waste sponsored by Nudge Compost.
5. Use of reusable or biodegradable tableware by In Season Bistro.
7. Additional Market promotion of vendors who accept empty jar returns for recycling.
8. Promotion of re-usable bottles for water. The sale of bottled water is not permitted.
9. Bring your own mug for a free cup of joe! Outdoor Market - Spring/Fall and throughout the indoor Market season. (Compostable, eco-conscious cups cost $1)
10. In Season Bistro uses fresh, local and organic foods with an emphasis on items purchased directly from producers at the Market.
11. Subsidized Community Booth space available for local, eco-conscious non-profits and civic organizations to showcase their work.
12. Encourage shoppers to take one of Wichita's Q-Line Trolley's or ride their bike to the Market instead of driving.
13. Market Priority is given to produce and meat/poultry products grown/raised using environmentally responsible, healthful and humane methods.
14. Market Priority is given to vendors who utilize sustainable and eco-friendly practices.
15. Welcome vendors who use re-purposed items or who create reusable items.
Wichitans are drawn to OTFM not only for the fun, historic atmosphere and great food choices, but because of the growing number of producers that have adopted sound practices that regenerate, rather than deplete, the environment.