Columbus Farmers Market offering ‘freecycling’ and DIY bug spray event 

Published 12:05 pm Friday, August 18, 2023

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COLUMBUS—The Columbus Farmers Market is offering a unique opportunity for customers to give and get items for free through their freecycling program. 

The program, which began as a grassroots movement, allows individuals to donate unwanted items and take items they need without any exchange of money. This initiative helps keep good items out of landfills and gives them a new home. 

The Farmers Market has set up a bin for customers to drop off items and take an item if they wish. Every two weeks, all items left in the bin are donated to a local nonprofit organization in the community. 

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The Farmers Market hopes this project will help people declutter their homes and possibly help others find treasures they are able to use. Customers are asked to follow specific guidelines to participate in freecycling at the market and are encouraged to bring one to three items smaller than a toaster such as kitchen items, records, CDs, tools and hardware. Other items that are requested are toys, games, crafts and decor.

They ask that participants do not include clothing, large electronics, books, liquid items or food. 

In addition to the freecycling program, the Columbus Farmers Market is also featuring a DIY Bug Spray event hosted by True To Your Roots. 

Customers can choose a unique blend of essential oils at the event and make their insect repellent. All ingredients and directions will be provided at the market event tent, and customers will have the opportunity to ask questions to the vendor. 

The Columbus Farmers Market is open every Saturday from May to October, from 8 a.m. to noon, on Courthouse St. in downtown Columbus.