Most of the time when we think of what goes into compost, we think of organic food waste and yard clippings.
While that is entirely correct, there are plenty of other natural items that can be added to your compost pile as well. Here are some other items you may have been tossing into a landfill that are perfectly acceptable to be returned back to the soil.
Crackers & pretzels
Pasta, rice, and grains
Loose leaf tea
Natural fibers (ie. cotton, hemp, silk, wool)
Human and pet hair
Lint from dryer and vacuum
Napkins, paper towels, and tissues
Wooden chopsticks and popsicle sticks
Brown paper bags
Expired jams and preserves
Cotton balls & cotton swabs (the cardboard kind)
Think of what will actually be left in your trash can! Probably not a lot!
All of this depends on if you are composting at home or using a service. If you have compost collection, your municipality or service will give you exact guidelines of what is and is not allowed.
I can’t believe it has been seven weeks since we have started this local journey.
Our refrigerator is full of so much green and our cabinets are looking more full of less processed products.
This week’s CSA box (photo by K since I was in Denver)
On Wednesday I brought my CSA box back to the farmers market and picked up some raspberries. Instead of taking the carton the raspberries came in, I brought my own produce bag and plopped them in my berries colander when I got home.
What We Bought (Almost All from CSA box):
Red frill mustard
Greenhouse Cherry tomatoes
Yellow Spring onions
Raspberries from Mick Klug Farm in St. Joseph, MI
What We Learned:
We still need to up our arsenal of recipes for veggie meals, often we are just cutting up a bunch of greens and tossing it in a pasta or salad
Smoothies aren’t so bad after all
K really did not like having to shell those English Peas
We had been waiting in anticipation for our first CSA share and oh boy it was a lot of greens! Our box was jam packed with goodies and I am excited to eat the produce that I know and the new ones as well.
What We Bought (all from CSA box):
Baby leaf Salonova Lettuce
Red rover radishes
Red spring onions
Rapini (Broccoli Raab)
Red Russian Kale
Earliglow Strawberries (plus an extra box because I love strawberries)
What We Learned:
I have gotten a little caught up in trying to get everything local that I really forget how I originally laid this challenge out. We were going to focus on produce, meat, dairy, and eggs, and I basically forgot that. Back to focusing on those main pieces from now on.
Is local olive oil even possible?
CSA shares are awesome
We are so glad we got the half CSA share, where we get a box every other week, instead of every week. We would need a bigger refrigerator!
We can bring back our CSA box to the farmers market for them to reuse #score
We are going to have to start making smoothies
Rapini tastes like leafy broccoli and we are in love!
Once again we were out of town and missed Saturday’s market, but this should be the last time we miss it for a bit, plus our CSA share starts on Saturday!
We got back from our Memorial Day weekend trip on Monday night, so I didn’t get to go shopping until Tuesday. I stopped at Local Foods and then picked up some strawberries from the farmers market on Wednesday. Those aren’t pictured because I immediately cut them up for breakfast.
Buying less processed milk lasts longer. I bought milk last Monday and its sell by date is not until June 6th.
Real strawberries are much tinier than your typical strawberries on steroids that you get at a standard grocery store, but they taste SO MUCH BETTER!
I have to do a lot of separate trips for our food instead of doing just one run every week. Sometimes Local Foods does not have what I need and Mariano’s does, or I would rather get produce at the farmers market.
Our own local food challenge started over the weekend. While we still have non-local food in our house, anything that we purchase from now on should be from within our radius.
For instance, right now I am snacking on some Wheat Thins, and once they are gone, they will be gone. Goodbye, my sweet, crunchy snacks.
We hit the ground running Saturday morning at Green City Market with an idea of what we needed. After an initial lap of checking out what vendors were there and what was available, we narrowed down what we were going to purchase based on what we already had at home.
Pork Country Sausage
For a grand total of $42.00….
We obviously have other food in the fridge to supplement our farmers market purchases, so do not think that is all we are eating for the week.