The goal of the Green Cash Mobs are to support businesses that are doing their part for the environment by purchasing their goods and services. Whether you spend $1 or $100, we encourage you to show these local businesses that you appreciate their efforts
This month’s Cash Mob is the perfect chance to support multiple local businesses in one shot. One of the Valley’s most well-respected bakers, Tracy Dempsey, is opening up her Tempe bake shop/wine shop/local foods retail shop to become a CSA pick-up spot for Sun Produce Cooperative. Each week she’ll have a bag of in-season, Arizona grown produce from local farms for all who subscribe to the CSA (otherwise known as Community Supported Agriculture). CSAs are a great way to support local farmers and lessen the distance that your food has to travel to get to your plate. In order to participate, you just need to sign up online, choose the size you prefer and pick up on the designated days. Options are:
Le Grand Sac: $75 for three weeks
Le Grand Sac is loaded with locally grown produce for 4 – 6 people. Each week of your three-week session, you will receive a $25 bag of freshly harvested locally grown organic and some conventional produce. Each bag will contain 8 - 10 items and 1 – 2 recipes for using some of the items. Availability permitting, we may offer other produce for on-site purchase that you might wish to use to supplement your bag- think interesting items, Maya’s Farm flowers, etc.
Le Petit Sac: $45 for three weeks
Le Petit Sac is loaded with locally grown produce for 1 – 2 people. Each week of your three-week session, you will receive a $15 bag of freshly harvested locally grown organic and some conventional produce. Each bag will contain 5 - 7 items and 1 – 2 recipes for using some of the items. Availability permitting, we may offer other produce for on-site purchase that you might wish to use to supplement your bag.
The first three week session starts on Thursday, October 17th, and subscribers can pick up their bag of freshly harvested produce starting on Thursday (1 - 3 p.m.), Friday (10 a.m. -5 p.m.) OR Saturday (10 a.m. -4 p.m.). The second session will start on November 14th. The shop is located at 1325 W. University Dr, Tempe. You can sign up and pay online here.
If you are not ready to commit to a CSA purchase, you can still support Tracy Dempsey Originals by purchasing some of her out-of-this-world pastries, a bottle of wine from her handpicked selection (with plenty of Arizona varietals), or Arizona made provisions including Wonder Mustard, Cutino Hot Sauce, Sonoran Pasta and Noble Bread.
Sustainability at Tracy Dempsey Originals
Operating in an eco-friendly manner is natural to the TDO team. As participants in the Local First Arizona Green Business Program, we’ve recognized some of their best practices:
Creating a culture where sustainability is prioritized by including staff in implementing sustainability practices
Supporting Arizona-grown food community by sourcing from local food producers, providing a retail space for Arizona made food products and being engaged with nonprofits focusing on local foods
Energy conservation methods using Energy Star office equipment, measuring energy usage by monitoring monthly bills and sharing with staff, following a maintenance plan for AC and heating, keeping refrigerator coils free of dust
Pollution prevention methods including training employees on proper cleaning and spill prevention, opting for repurposed furniture and appliances, avoiding chemical weed killers, eliminating chemical air fresheners and having live plants in the shop
Solid waste management best practices including recycling all acceptable materials and collecting organic material to compost, training employees to properly recycle, donating items to second hand stores and excess food to feed the hungry, recycling soft plastics, reusing packaging, eliminating individually wrapped food service items, asking before giving out disposable items, opting for reusable dishware and cups, using recyclable or compostable to-go food service ware, employees use reusable drink cups instead of disposables, going paperless where possible, centralizing purchasing to avoid over-ordering, eliminating plastic water bottles, Styrofoam, balloons and plastic bags
Reducing pollution associated with transportation by carefully planning deliveries
Preventing stormwater pollution and sound wastewater practices by participating in the Tempe Grease Cooperative, avoiding use of enzymes to break down grease, cleaning kitchen exhaust filters properly, monitoring property for litter, keeping dumpsters impermeable to rainwater and avoiding washing equipment in areas where washwater can flow to storm drains
Conserving water by monitoring monthly bill, opting for dry sweeping methods, having a water audit performed