I would rather have a little bit of wonderful local food than a lot of mass-produced food.
On Friday after school, me and the kids went to Golden Ears Cheese Works in search of local, zero-waste cheese. Coming prepared for zero, or close to zero, waste shopping is essential. We had three clean Rubbermaid containers and a cloth. I let the employees know what my goal is. That is very much the key to whether I will be successful in reducing waste. Then comes the fun part – cheese shopping! When deciding what cheese to buy I mentioned about being interested in the quark but thought I probably couldn’t get it in my container. My friend described quark like as if sour cream and cream cheese had a baby. They came up with an idea to help me get the quark (I love saying the name out loud). Quark had just been made so they measured it into their own containers and transferred it into mine. My belief is that they refilled the containers for future use. I hope… I also chose a cranberry gouda and a jalapeno jack goat cheese. The waste for those was two pieces of wax paper and two price stickers. This cheese shop makes its cheese from local milk. That’s what I came for but I because easily distracted by all their other stuff. I ended up also buying a baguette in a paper-only sleeve and two banana chocolate chip gluten-free muffins. All of it was fantastic. There was some packaging but very little. Next time I hope to avoid the wax paper.Mmm… Friday night I dined on cheese and bread. Super delicious. Yum Yum!Then on Saturday after the farmers market I made some french toast using some of my local ingredients. Eggs from Never Say Die Nursery and that awesome loaf of bread.I’m never stingy with the vanilla in any recipe. I used this one… http://simplycooking.wordpress.com/2009/02/22/how-to-make-french-toast/.I topped our french toast with cinnamon and real maple syrup!On Earth day I made Leek soup with zero waste leeks and potatoes. Topped it with the quark.Here’s how I like eating my leek soup – with a bit of bacon! Also, I made whole wheat cheddar cheese biscuit.After my husband came home with packaged Rice Krispy treats a few weeks ago I vowed to make my own. They are really simple to make. Instead of using parchment paper I used natural soy wax paper.Next I will be making homemade granola bars. Wish me luck!
“But nothing worth having comes without some kind of fight. / Got to kick at the darkness until it bleeds daylight.” – Bruce Cockburn (Lovers in a dangerous time)