farmer’s market time!

farmer’s market time!
Farmer’s Market Time!
 

 

It’s that time of year!  For the past few weeks, we’ve been going to the Farmer’s Market here in Boulder.  Above is our haul from last Saturday, minus all the lovely cherries we got.  I have tons of good ideas for recipes this week.  We already made big salads with baked tofu strips (actually good!).  I think we’re going to make something with greens too.  There is nothing I like more than steamed greens this time of year.  Oh, and I got some delicious local goat cheese rolled in herbes de provence.  
 
I love going to the Farmer’s Market because we can bring our shoulder grocery bag, everything is fresh and local, there aren’t any pesticides, waxes, etc. and you don’t have to worry about excess packaging.  Plus, you can always ask how to use all the ingredients and ask how everything was grown or raised.  
 
Granted, everything tastes delicious, but I’ve started trying to cut back on packaging lately, so this helps a lot.  
 
Here are some interesting statistics:  
 
  • Of the 66 million tons of solid waste generated by Californians each year, approximately one third is packaging—California Integrated Waste Management Board
  • 38 billion water bottles enter U.S. landfills every year—Fast Company
  • Containers and packaging account for 31.6 percent by weight and 29.6 percent by volume of the municipal solid waste (MSW) in the United States—US EPA
  • Our landfills contain thirty percent paperboard—American Chemistry
  • Over 6.4 billion cardboard boxes were used to ship items via ground or air in 2007 alone—Rapioli
Sure, you can use statistics to support anything…  but I think that some of these things are just a little taste of what it feels like when you grocery shop.  What ARE all these boxes for anyway?  And how do I crack into them??
 
Extra packaging is not only a difficult environmental issue, but it also a no-no when it comes to Micro Living.  Sometimes it’s unavoidable.  For example, it’s FAR cheaper for me to buy disposable razors than disposable blades (seriously, I just found 4 blades for $13.49).  But I like to make the effort so that we have fewer things to recycle, fewer things to throw away, and fewer things to store.  I especially like refillable soap and shampoo containers.  They’re sort of hard to find, but really great if you can.  
 
Don’t get me wrong…  this is an issue I’m definitely struggling with.  But I think we should all make an effort!  Our grand-parents would be proud.  Talk about no-packaging!  Girls in the Great Depression frequently made dresses out of flour sacks.  And they were cute!  
 
So, aside from fresh ingredients, a fun stroll in the sunshine, and something to do on a Saturday, your local Farmer’s Market is a great way to reduce our packaging footprint.
 
Here’s a link that I liked:
http://planetgreen.discovery.com/tech-transport/mysterious-carbon-footprint-packaging.html
 
 


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