Hermosa Beach Farmers' Market is making it easier to make the city a little cleaner when it launches its monthly initiative “Bucks for Buckets” on Wednesday, May 1.
Offered every first Wednesday of the month, from 1 to 6 p.m., on Pier Plaza, Bucks for Buckets offers a $1 market buck, redeemable with any vendor, for every bucket, which is provided by the market, filled with trash from the beach and streets.
“We are really hoping it will take off and that it will be a quick and convenient way for community members to come down pick up some trash on the beach,” said market manager Aubrey Yarbrough.
Smaller buckets are offered for those picking up smaller pieces of trash.
“Hermosa Beach, it looks pristine and then you start looking closer in the soil and there's really fine plastic matter,” Yarbrough said. “For people who are picking up really tiny pieces of trash, we will not force them to fill the whole bucket. We have smaller type buckets because a lot of the trash problem at the beach is really tiny pieces.”
The Farmers' Market also offers a “Take a Bag, Leave a Bag” program which provides reusable bags for shoppers who have left or forgot theirs at home. They have also hosted pop-up zero waste refill stations to support efforts to reduce single-use plastic consumption.
“Farmers Markets are intrinsically health focus, not just people are buying local, but because they're outside in the sun, shopping in a positive environment, running into neighbors,” Yarbrough said.
The market also hosts free yoga every week from 2 to 3 p.m.
For more information, visit farmermark.com/hermosabeach.