Monday, April 21, 2008

Earth Day Post

In celebration of Earth Day, I have decided to stop eating meat, throw away all my leather shoes and purses, and no longer shave my pits. HA! Yeah-effing-right! I'd be one stinky, hungry, barefoot b-word.

Seriously, I love me some meat. And I don't mean the hunky-telephone-repair guy kind of meat, though I'd take some of him on a plate with gravy please. I do enjoy lean beef, fish and poultry, and try and buy organic/free-range when I can. And I've written about how my husband and I take a lot of steps to being green on my other blog. But because today IS Earth Day, I thought we should take a look at some things you can do in regard to eating "greener" and healthier.

One of the things we did this year was participate in a CSA (community-supported agriculture) where you essentially buy a share of a local farm, and during the growing season you get a portion of their harvest. This is a great way to get locally grown, organic produce as well as support your local agriculture community, which unfortunately is suffering across the nation. And it's a lot cheaper than you think. I'm gonna spill: For a full share, which feeds four-six adults, the cost for the May-October growing season was $570 for us. We split it with another family, meaning it cost us $285 dollars for fresh produce FOR THE WHOLE SUMMER. This share not only includes vegetables, but fruits, flowers, and herbs. Some of these CSAs also give you eggs and sometimes meat. Prices will or course be different in all parts of the country, but I am lucky (read that sarcastically) to live in one of the most expensive counties in our country and it it sill affordable. So, you do the math. Considering I spent over 150$/week at the local market to get decent produce, this will pay for itself within two weeks. And it doesn't get any fresher than 10 miles away. To find one in your area, or learn more about them, go to Local Harvest.

There are also many other ways you can help "greenify" (Yes, that is a word. I made it up.) your diets, the way you eat, and the way you live (in your kitchen).

-Here are some tips on how to have an eco-friendly picnic.
-Don't know what to do with all those greens you bought at the market? Click here.
-Seen those root vegetables but don't know what to do with them? or even what they are? Click here.
-Is organic wine really better for you and the envirnonment?
-Is all that Tupperware you have in your house safe?
-When should you run your dishwasher? Learn some energy-saving dishwasher tips.

So tell us: What do YOU do to be green in your kitchen? What are your tips, hints, and tricks to make your footprint on this earth a little smaller (and yummier?) Got any great "green" recipes? Let us know!


beach mama said...

I love meat too! I just had a nice prime rib at Charlie Browns tonight. :)

As for Earth Day, I try to do little things everyday. We recycle everything we can (papers, cardboard, glass, plastic, cans)
I also despise plastic bags. I will carry out piles of stuff from the store to my car to avoid one. We only use them for the garbage and the cat litter, because, really what else can you use? I have some really great reusable bags that I do my food shopping in. I also try to hit up the local farmers markets. We also grow our own tomatoes, cucumbers and other stuff in the summer. I also try to ride my bike (until the belly is too big) as much as I can to not have to use my car.
I am also *thinking* about trying the cloth diapering thing. At least when we are home. A few friends of mine do it, one full time and one just at home, and both love it.
This is a great idea. I think I will also do a post tomorrow for Earth day with more details and webs sites too! :)

Cass said...

This earth day I didn't turn the tv on all day and I didn't use the heat or lights. I'm cooking on the grill tonight and keeping it really healthy...i may have carvel cake for desert. Is carvel cake Green?