Fruit & Veg: When did they become so complicated?
I’m back from my one day retreat. Five of us regrouped and recharged before our semester starts next week. Usually when we see each other we are stressed out and tired and it was nice to connect in a more relaxed manner. We swam in a lake, ate cookies, and chatted half the night away. Besides the hostess’s cat chewing my yarn in two while I was knitting, it was a an all around success. Of course, I guess for the cat the yarn was a success too!
Back in the real world I spent a mad day dashing around, but did want to post about an article I recently perused in Vegetarian Times about organic produce. This is the type of article I’ve read in about 5 different places which always has good information that seems very familiar, but which the specifics of I never remember when I’m at the grocery store. I typically try to buy as much organic as I can, but sometimes I am torn, especially when, say, organic avocados are $1.50 each and traditional are 3 for a $1.00. I stand there and think, “How bad is that 33 cent avocado?” or rather, “How much better for my family is that $1.50 avocado?”. Then I read articles such as these where they tell me it is perfectly ok to buy that 33 cent avocado because they have thick skins and low pesticide residues. But will I remember that in the store next time?
Probably not. I started thinking about the handy-dandy wallet guide for making smart seafood choices that I’d picked up at the Monterey Bay Aquarium last year (it is available online as well and I believe updated often). I considered making myself my own wallet sized pesticide level list for my own grocery shopping, but first I Googled.
As with most things, other, smarter people than I, have already done this! I am so excited about my finds I thought I would share some of these links. Stonyfield’s has a printable wallet-sized Pesticide Guide. I found another printable purse-sized to take to the store here and there is a very deluxe wallet version that also takes into consideration of domestic vs. imported veggies & fruit at The Organic Center website (I found this one through www.ethicurean.com link that discusses this issue in length).
Thinking about grocery shopping, also got me thinking about grocery bags. Before I set about creating my own grocery bag pattern and tutorial I googled again. Lo and behold, more links to share! I found a great tutorial for making your own grocery shopping bag at wisdomofthemoon–out of used sheets nonetheless– but I especially loved her tutorial for making produce bags! Like one of her commentors, I usually throw my produce in the cart sans bag because I don’t want to use the plastic bag, only to have either small or skinny produce slip through the cart, or the checker or bagger put it into a plastic bag anyway!
Now I’ve got some printing to do (one I figure out which guide I like best) and some sewing! Those produce bags are just the thing for the bolt of tulle I took from somebody 5 years ago that I haven’t used yet!