New Year's Resolution: Be Less Wasteful

HAPPY NEW YEAR!!!!

We hope this year brings much joy to you and your family.

 I like to think of the New Year as a fresh start. One of my New Year's resolutions is to make a conscious effort to live in a less wasteful way.  Let's face it, our planet could use a little help and who else is going to do it.  So, with that in the fore front of my mind, I will be sharing with you throughout the year some ways we can ALL help our environment.

One of our biggest contributors to landfills is food waste.  Americans currently waste 40% of our annual food supply every year.  If you feel bad about food waste, there are plenty of ways you could resolve to reduce it in the New Year.  

  •  You could start with meal planning to make sure you're CSA share doesn't end up in the land fill.  If your stumped on how to turn your produce into healthy meals, check out our recipe section.  We are continually adding tasty new recipes for you to try.

 

 

  • Start composting.  Let those living food scraps replenish our soil.  You might want to visit Mother Earth News' article on composting.  They give details on many types of composting, but if you're interested in simple, easy methods, skip on down to the Small Scale Composting and Pit Composting sections. 

 

 

  • Learn to can or freeze your excess produce and/or buy in season fruits and veggies at their lower cost for this reason.  Visit pickyourown.org for step by step instructions on how to can or freeze literally every veggie or fruit you can think of.

 

 

  • Make delicious broth from those vegetable scraps.  Begin saving carrot peels, onion tops, potato peels in a freezer container until you've collected enough to make a batch of vegetable broth.  Or add, the carcasses of leftover roast chicken for a delicious chicken broth.  Visit Mother Earth News  for a simple recipe.                                    

                                                                                                                                                                                                                     

  •  Incorporate smoothies into your menu plans.  Plan for using excess produce. For instance, when your bananas start to age, peel them and put them in the freezer for use in smoothies or baking.  There are many recipes out there for delicious smoothies.  Here are 2 of my favorites which might get you started.  You'll be pleasantly surprised at how delicious these are.

Beet and  Carrot Smoothie

Green Smoothie

 

I hope you've taken away some ideas from this information on how to be kinder to our planet.  We'd love to hear what you're doing. 

From our farm to your household,

HAVE A WONDERFUL DAY! 

 

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