Waste woes

11 Sep

Time to come clean. I did make that promise that this would be the place were we hold ourselves accountable. We have been working hard at making use of all of our farm veggies – cooking them, freezing them, baking with them, sharing them with friends. But over the past few weeks there have been some that have gotten lost in the back of the fridge or have left us uninspired as to how to prepare them. This unfortunate list includes: arugula, mustard greens, beets, corn, lettuce, cucumbers, and beans.

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One Response to “Waste woes”

  1. David Viale October 21, 2007 at 11:45 am #

    I applaud your effort to use all the veggies while they are still appetizing and fresh! But don’t get down if you can’t always do it. Here are some other options you and other folks may want to look into:

    Pre-emptive solutions:

    1)Donate some veggies to your local food bank…may be tough to do so own your own (because of limits on types of donations food banks can accept), but lots of CSA’s have an option to donate a portion (or entire thing if you are away) of your weekly harvest to a food bank. Ask your CSA if they do this, and if not, help start the program! Another option is to donate to a Food not Bombs or similar organization.

    2) Get Crafty – Dry your tears

    Dry peppers, herbs, flowers, etc for decorative yum yums. Also you could try making decorations or musical instruments from squashes, gourds, etc.

    Not too late solutions –

    For those hidden treasures in the back of the fridge, here are some ideas.

    1)Compost it! Composting saves space in landfills and produces great soil for your own garden or house plants, or even to donate to your local farm.

    Can’t have a compost because you live in an apartment? Try worm bins. They are great because they are constructed from tupperware bins, and can be kept inside during winter or year round. They are easy and inexpensive to build and maintain and they don’t smell or attract fruit flies! (I have good friends who keep their worm bin in their kitchen with the lid off and you don’t even notice its there). Lots of online how to sites are easy to find.

    2) Composting/Worm bin not an option? Find a Pig!

    Find a local farm / person who has a pig. Chances are, they love slop donations! (The good good pig is a fun book that describes this) You may want to organize a weekly slop bucket delivery with your neighbors to conserve fuel/make a trip worth while.

    Thats all I got.

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