I was busy again today finishing up the sewing projects I had, and now two packages are ready to be mailed later this afternoon.
Wednesday is our day for the farmers’ market. I returned my empty honey jar (glass) and purchased another bottle, I had my reusable produce bags made from a set of sheer curtains which were filled with broccoli, lettuce, and potatoes. The eggs were less than half the price the stores want so a dozen came home with me too. The woman selling fruit insisted I had to have a paper bag, I’ll return them to her next week. I brought home red raspberries, blueberries and these cherries.
I had to purchase an item from one woman there whose son went to school with mine. While my boys aren’t vegetarian I love being able to offer them something better than they can get elsewhere, like this raw Havarti cheese.
On the other hand, the garden is being attacked by pests. Every book I read said not to worry about squashes as deer won’t eat them. Tell that to my deer, they seem to love spaghetti squash. I don’t think I’ll be getting any this year now.
And the Zinnias were covered with Japanese beetles. My granddaughter removed them but as fast as she could pick them off they were back. To say she’s not happy is an understatement. She’s announced she doesn’t like deer or beetles and won’t leave food out for the deer. (She often leaves a pile of greens for the deer away from the garden).
With the gardens becoming a real challenge let’s move indoors for our weekly challenge with Reduce Footprints. This week it’s all about our kitchen.
My kitchen is pretty good at the moment. I recently went through everything and donated or gave away anything I hadn’t used in a while. A couple items stayed such as the potato peeler (I usually use a knife instead) because the little ones bring clay and play doh over from time to time and raid the kitchen for utensils they can use.
I’m not sure what I can do to green my kitchen this week. For those of you who are new, here’s a short rundown of what I’ve accomplished in the last couple of years.
Things I don’t have
- Neither a stove or refrigerator
- Non-stick cookware
- Multiple utensils
- Meats of any kind
- Plastic containers or dishes
- Junk foods and processed foods
- any chemical cleaners
- Paper towels or napkins
What I do have
- Small chest freezer
- Stick blender or immersion blender
- Pur faucet mount water filter
- Metal dish rack
- Slow cooker
- Stainless steel rice cooker
- All stainless steel utensils
- Lots of organic produce
- Mason jars filled with dried beans and legumes
- Only enough dishes for everyday use
- Two plants (ivy and aloe) to keep the air clean
- All natural cleaners (baking soda and vinegar)
- Plenty of rags for messes that do happen
- Cloth napkins in place of paper
- Stainless steel, glass or locally made pottery for dishes and glassware
- Small metal pot for heating water
Things I’ve already taken on
- All light bulbs in my home are LED
- Faucet is low-flow
- Watch the water usage, washing dishes I use a small bowl and wash each item one at a time as that’s all that will fit.
- Wash dishes with baking soda
- I have one outlet in the kitchen area. In this I have a power strip which only has items plugged in when in use.
- I did upgrade the paint on the cabinets and used a low-VOC paint that was given to me.