I have a complicated relationship with our dumpster and recycling bins. I love seeing farmers cleaning up the clutter around here, I love the thought of being able to recycle instead of "throw away." But at the same time, I am whole heartedly ashamed that we need to do either. Hearing the 5 a.m. garbage pickup sort of takes the 'sustainable' out of the sustainable farm each month. Research suggests that recycling offers only a mild placebo effect on our carbon foot-print: it's better than nothing but not nearly enough. The simplest answer is to reduce and reuse. So I am trying to look at our business through this lens and come up with new ways to work on my love-hate relationship with our kind garbage man. Here's this week's notion:
- If you have any vases for flower arrangements to spare that are cluttering your basement or cupboards, donate them here for re-use. We are going to start collecting vases from our community for flower arrangements in our Farm Store. The only hitch is that the containers must be glass so they can be properly sanitized as per USDA organic rules. So if someone gives you flowers (which I sure hope they do) save the vase from the recycling bin and bring it to The Farm Store!
In this week's share:
- lettuce x 2
- sugar snap peas
- swiss chard
- turnips OR radishes
- perennial herb bouquet (soup starter, or general meal enhancing aromatics)
The storm tonight promises to pack a punch and may cramp our pick your own experience. So, for this crazy week of weather, if it is raining when you come to pick up your share on your alotted day, feel free to come back on any CSA pickup day (M,W,F 2-7pm) and head to the fields to collect the pick-your-own portion of the share. We will lose the strawberries to the rain if we don't get them out of the patch! Have a great week.