Produce Project

I’ve been troubled lately by my produce consumption.  Not only do I worry about where my produce comes from (how far it has to travel, etc.) but I also throw away a lot of produce because I never get around to using it. I hope to enhance sustainability through the produce I use in two ways.

First, my aim will be to use only local, seasonal produce.  Doing so will ensure that the fruits and vegetables didn’t have to travel long distances to get to my plate, which will reduce the pollution produced by their transportation. Second, I will grow my own herbs, at least the ones that I use most often, such as rosemary, thyme, chives, and basil.  I will water these plants with rain water that I collect on my porch and with the cold water that comes out of the faucet before the water warms up.  By thoughtfully choosing and growing local, sustainable produce I hope to not only reduce my carbon footprint but also reduce the amount of produce I throw away.  

The posts and photos below are a record of my progress.  

May 2, 2017

I thought I'd take a moment to reflect on my progress with this endeavor so far. For those of you just checking in, for the past few months I have been attempting to eat only local produce. Here are some things I've learned during this experiment:

"Local" can mean a bunch of different things


Check out my previous post if you want to know about all the different definitions of "local" that exist, according to...

March 16, 2017

You guys you guys guess what! I was finally able to use some of my home-grown herbs in a recipe that I made! The growing process has taken so much longer than I thought it would and frankly I'm not sure if the chives or rosemary will ever grow but the basil and the thyme are going strong! Look! 

This is tomato tortellini soup and that little green basil leaf you see is the result of a lot of plant love and attention.  The...

March 16, 2017

When I began this project, I pledged to eat only local produce.  Through this process, however, I have come to the realization that "local" means a lot of different things to a lot of different people and companies.

I mentioned in a previous post that it is incredibly difficult to find produce in grocery stores that was grown around Seattle, where I live, or in Washington in general.  Granted, I am not shopping exclusively at f...

March 9, 2017

I repotted the herbs today! They were getting far too big for their small egg carton-sized homes so I replanted them with new soil in larger pots that I had on hand.  I was worried that they had used up all of the nutrients from the original soil.  The basil and the thyme are doing very well but I am not seeing a lot of progress from the chives or the rosemary.  Maybe the transition to new, larger pots will help with their gro...

February 24, 2017

Just a quick update today about my produce progress.  First, I realized while grocery shopping today that my produce consumption is not limited to the produce section.  I also occasionally buy fruits and vegetables in cans and jars. After some thought, I am not going to include cans and jars in my challenge to eat local produce.  Hopefully I can work up to that level eventually but for now, I will confine my local produce pled...

February 16, 2017

Besides buying local, seasonal produce, I have pledged to grow my own herbs instead and use those.  Not only will I know exactly where they came from but I will also avoid the waste that often accompanies buying herbs in a bunch.  I don't know about you but generally the recipes I make only call for a small quantity of herbs like rosemary and I find that the rest of the rosemary goes to waste.  

I have planted the her...

February 2, 2017

I made my first foray into the world of local produce while looking for an onion.  On this particular grocery trip, the onion was the only produce item I needed, so it was a good way to start simple.  

I went straight for the onions that I would normally buy - the nonorganic, inexpensive ones. However, as you might have predicted, these onions were not local.  They were grown in and shipped from Mexico.  So I went to...

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