Thursday, October 29, 2009

I'm back! Plus interesting article

Oh, dear blog, how I've missed you. Oh yes, I've missed my bloggy friends too. This past weekend turned into a busy, non-internet time for us. Well, we didn't really have a choice, as the Verizon guy couldn't come until yesterday. But we are all moved, settled, and mostly unpacked. Pictures of the new place to come later! Unfortunately, I don't have time for a real post today... i have a mountain of sewing projects hanging over me that I put on the back burner while the moving process occurred. So, i must go.

But I want to share this article. It's long, but a good read. The article shows that buying SOLE foods (Sustainable, Organic, Local, and Ethical) can be done on a food stamps budget. I am pretty conscious of what food I buy and eat, but I could do a much better job. Honestly, it's laziness- it takes more effort and time to go to the Farmer's market for a few items, and grocery store for others. And also, I do have it in my head that buying organic, free-range, healthy food items is for rich people. Guess not.

I also looked up CSAs- in the article, she talks about being a part of this "community supported agriculture." I didn't even know that existed until now, and I think it's a really great concept. Basically, you buy a "share" of the farm, and usually from June-October/November, you'll get a box of fresh fruits/veggies every week. Some require a few hours of work every season, but you get to know the farmer and even the cows. I looked it up and there are actually a lot of farms around me that do it. I might think about it for next year. Have any of you joined a CSA or know anyone that has? Am I the last person in the world who has never heard of it?? (I'm always afraid that I'm the last person to hear about things, and then when I talk about it, you are all bored.)

Ok, I must end this non-post post. Will be back tomorrow... hopefully.


Tania-Dreams2009 said...

Welcome back! Glad to hear you are all moved in too! :)

adelheide said...

A friend did this and her two complaints were getting that much fresh food at once was hard to process so it didn't spoil and some weeks the selection wasn't great based on what was in season. As long as you are aware of when certain fruits and veggies are in season and don't mind freezing a few items every week to enjoy later on in the year, should be a blast. Getting outside and playing in the dirt is always good for the soul.

Abby said...

adelheide- thanks for the comment, good to know! eating in season was one of the things the article talked about, something i've been trying to do more of to save money!

Bekah said...

you can ask Laura (E) about that too, Snails, cuz I think that she knows about it and/or it happens in her hood

love the new place. especially the organization of the kitchen. Minus that one cabinet where when you open it the sprinkles fall out. my bad