We have eaten just a bit of everything so far, but haven’t been able to fully get through any produce from last week’s CSA box. I had a couple beet smoothies and made a big batch of roasted veggies to take for lunch this week. For dinner the other night, K made some omelets with a mish mosh of veggies folded inside.
As usual, I ate most of the fruit from last week, so popped over to the farmers market to get some more this weekend.
What We Bought:
Dozen eggs from Benton Harbor, MI
Raspberries from Benton Harbor, MI
Blueberries from Bangor, MI
What We Learned:
We are getting better at incorporating our produce into basically all of our meals. A piece of my breakfast, lunch, and dinner, can easily have something from our box in it.
Basically, any vegetable chopped up and added to an omelet is delicious!
K picked up our CSA box this week and he took a page out of my book by bringing a bag to transfer the produce so we don’t have to bring the box home. He also purposefully did not bring any cash to the farmers market so he would not be tempted to make any impulse buys.
This is K’s attempt at taking a cool artsy picture for me.
What We Bought (From the CSA):
New baby yukon potatoes
Parisian Market Carrots
What We Learned:
Since we failed on using the beets from the last box, K instantly used some of the gigantic beets we got to make a beet and berry smoothie and absolutely loved it
Blueberries and raspberries disappear just way too fast!
This may be the first box we actually fully finish!
I am back in the workplace now and no longer working from home, so it has been a bit of an adjustment. Unfortunately, I can’t just pop over to Green City Market on a Wednesday unless I go at 7 AM before work.
My biggest challenge right now is incorporating all our produce into my lunches.
Instead of hauling our box home this week, I brought a large canvas bag to transfer my produce into. This way I did not have to take the box back to the farmers market on Wednesday, I just left it with them to reuse again.
That will have to be my new routine because I am no longer going to be working from home anymore (I got a new job!) and can’t just pop over to the Wednesday market whenever I feel like it.
Although that is a bummer, I am excited to pack my lunches again and see what I can do with our produce.
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.