February Groceries

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This is not going to be my entire month’s groceries. When I share pictures of my groceries, it is usually because I just happen to get a photo, or there happens to be natural light available still (I live in the north).

I also do this with hopes that there are ever people who live in my area who want to shop zero waste style and can find inspiration on where to get food.

One of my favorite places to get food is a couple blocks from my house at a Mexican grocery store. They don’t question my cloth bags and I don’t ask them if it’s going to be a problem. I have gotten beans, dried chilies, vegetables, herbs, and even some coconut desserts from there. And I don’t think I ever spent more than $10 at a time.

I went to Cliff’s Country Market specifically to get more half & half and yogurt in returnable bottles. I have been to Cloverleaf Creamery in Buhl, Idaho, and I know that they take care of their cows, but I still feel conflicted over my dairy consumption, which is very minimal I think. I also get my produce there when I can as it is usually local and quite often organic. Their entire store is all about non-GMO products. It’s the best. I wish everything else they had was in bulk bins and I talk to them about it whenever I visit.

Then I drove to my favorite winery to fill up a growler of wine. I figured I might as well get it in bulk because it will stay good in my Klean Kanteen growler.

After that, I stopped a few blocks from my house at a Mexican restaurant to ask for chips and salsa in my stainless steel.

I’ll try and take photos this whole month of any other groceries I buy and list where they came from to help out any local folks. 😉

Peace and love,

Kristan

More Zero Waste Wine in Idaho

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Fujishin family cellars is where I get my wine (except that one time). Fujishin is a local winery located about 20 minutes from my house. Idaho has a great wine region, but not many people know that. I do recall riding the trains and buses around Italy, seeing the vineyards, and thinking how much the countryside climate and vegetation reminded me so much of Idaho.

Technically the area I live in doesn’t recycle glass. There are collection bins around town, but the glass doesn’t actually get recycled – just collected somewhere. That isn’t much better than a landfill in my opinion, and hopefully soon there will be a recycling facility. Even then, I feel comfortable and happy that I have found a place that has refillable, delicious, inexpensive, local wine.

Peace and love

Kristan

Zero Waste Groceries October

It’s a slow, sunny Sunday at my house. I was born in autumn and an autumn baby I shall always be. The lighting is golden, the leaves are golden, and the end of a growing season marks another year lived fully. 

We took time today to clear our sunflower forest and I planted garlic. More on those later.

I want to showcase a quick grocery shopping trip that involves unconventional grocery stores.


Perhaps I’ve mentioned we have two hens. They are both beautiful and in good health, but have stopped laying eggs. They were molting, but they are getting older so I’m not sure if they are done laying for good or not. Either way, we love them. We will look into getting more next spring.

So I bought eggs. A store near me does sell eggs in bulk (from any broken / missing cartons) but they were out when I went there recently. I went to a local fruit stand that sells tons of local fruits and vegetables and also has dairy in returnable glass bottles. I buy half and half for my coffee. I haven’t found an acceptable dairy free replacement for use in coffee. I absolutely do not like sugary coffee, and there seems to always be added sweetener in vegan creamers. Also, the packaging is too much for me to deal with.

Pear sauce is next on my cooking + freezing list so I was in search of pears also. I got a mix of d’anjou and bosc since I don’t have a preference. A buttercup squash caught my eye and cost less than anything I know of. 

A quick drive down the road from the fruit stand is Fujishin winery where I refilled my red wine.

That’s all for today! Obviously the egg carton is a package, but can be reused, returned, or recycled.

Cheers to good, local food!

Peace and love,

Kristan