Food Waste In America – Does One Bad Apple Really Spoil the Whole Bunch?

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One bad apple spoils the whole bunch, right?

What do you think, does all this food look like trash to you?

food waste moldy strawberries

Now I’m all for reclaiming free food, but there were multiple moldy strawberries in this 1 pound container of berries, and picking out the one or two good strawberries just wasn’t worth it to me. Mold on food is a bad thing, {unless we’re talking about cheese, which we’re not}  and I certainly don’t want to get anyone in my family sick. So I decided to toss all the free strawberries this week on to the compost heap rather than picking through them.

food waste

But tossing one tomato to save 3 others, well, that seemed totally acceptable to me.

I’m not sure if there are rules within grocery stores prohibiting them from removing damaged produce from packaged items and reselling them by the pound, {rather than by the container} but I’m guessing there is.

I can totally understand how doing so would mess with inventory controls, but still, tossing out 3 good tomatoes just because one of them is bad, seems like such a waste.

raspberries

And the bigger crime?

Tossing out perfectly good food that is one date past its so called “expiration date.”

how to find free food waste

Food waste in America totally stinks. So if you get the change to save just a little bit of it, go for it.

~Mavis

Would you like to see what else we have brought home over the past year?

Head on over HERE to read all the past stories and to see all the pictures.

If you have just stumbled upon this series and are wondering how I got all this food for free, you’ll want to read this story first.

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Mondays with Mavis – How to Feed Your Family for $100 a Month

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Albertons – $17.14

I went in for milk, and came out with 4 pints of Haggen Daz. Do you ever have shopping trips like that? NEVER go shopping when you are hungry {or have just had your teeth pulled and your mouth is sore}. ;) No excuses here people, and YES, they were all Delicious!

fresh produce

Local Fruit Stand $5.55

Avocados 3 for $1, bananas $0.59 a pound and Fiji apples $.50 a pound. Talk about some awesome prices. I think I’ll probably go back and get a few more apples.

Unusual Anniversary Gifts

Anniversary Gift – Free thanks to Farmer Ted

Not only did the HH present me with 2 giant boxes of fresh corn for on our anniversary last week, but he got them for FREE thanks to our friend Farmer Ted. Seriously, does it get any better than that? ;)

Feed Your Family for Free

Mr. Produce Guy – Free

Watermelons, radishes, apples, corn, grapes and even a few tomatoes were free last week.

heirloom tomatoes

Fresh heirloom tomatoes. Just one of the many things from our garden.

How did YOU do this past week? Any surprises? ;)

~Mavis

Total Spent This Week $22.69

Total Spent This Year $1,518.70- It’s official, I’m over for the year!

Total Spent This Year on Garden Seeds/Supplies $919.96{I bought a Meyer Lemon Tree, Rhubarb crowns, 6 Fruit Trees , 16 yards of soil}, Walla Walla Onions and 90 pounds of seed potatoesPlus, supplies to make my own potting soil. I also picked up a boatload of heirloom tomato plants at the Seattle Tilth sale.

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Food Waste In America – Those are Some Nice Melons

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This week when we picked up the “chicken scrap” boxes from Mr. Produce Guy, there were quite a few watermelons. And The Girl and I were VERY excited. We LOVE watermelon. And so do our pet chickens.

rotting food

Back in April of 2012 when I asked our local produce guy if we could collect extra scraps for our chickens, I wasn’t sure what to expect. But now I do. Although the food is different every week, it’s still pretty exciting to see what we can salvage from the boxes of discarded produce.

If I had to guess, most people don’t want to bother with sorting through damaged fruits and vegetables to find a few gems. But we don’t mind.

Feed Your Family for Free

After all, free food is free food, and not knowing what we are going to get each week, is just part of the adventure.

Life is good! :)

~Mavis

Would you like to see what else we have brought home over the past year?

Head on over HERE to read all the past stories and to see all the pictures.

If you have just stumbled upon this series and are wondering how I got all this food for free, you’ll want to read this story first.

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Mondays with Mavis – How to Feed Your Family for $100 a Month

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Albertsons $41.70

Last week I pretty much lounged around in bed because of my dental surgery.  So I decided to send The Girl Who Thinks She’s a Bird to Albertsons {with a small list} and this is what she came back with. Ha! Serves me right for sending a teenager to the grocery store alone.

She thought she scored the deal of the century when she was able to pick up 4 boxes of cereal and 2 gallons of milk for only $8. Although cereal was not on the list, she spotted $1.00/2 coupons on the cereal boxes and went wild.

The yogurt, cottage cheese, juice, soup {not chili} and Haggen Daz was for me and my soft foods diet. The canned chili was a surprise for her brother. Apparently she found a deal on breakfast sausages too because it looks like manager markdown stickers/coupons were removed from the packages.

For the most part, I think she did pretty good.

fresh corn

Garden Stand $3.00

The Girl and I were driving home and noticed someone had a sign for fresh corn at the end of their driveway. $0.50 an ear. I wasn’t able to have any but the HH said it was the best corn he had ever tasted. And I’m sure it was. Nothing beats fresh picked corn.

bartering basil

I did a bunch of bartering last week with friends and neighbors. You can see how all the deals played out HERE.

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Fresh from the Garden 

Let’s just say we are swimming in potatoes right now. ;) heirloom tomatoes

 Fresh from the Garden 

And tomatoes too. Wait until you see what I made with these beauties.

heirloom beets

Fresh from the Garden

Another thing we harvested a boatload of last week was beets. The are still chillin’ in the refrigerator and I’m not sure what I’m going to do with them yet. But once I figure it out, I’ll let you know.

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Mr. Produce Guy – FREE

And last but not least, this is what we salvaged from our free produce boxes from Mr. Produce Guy last week. I don’t know about you, but I love free food. :)

How did you do with your grocery budget this week? Did you stock up on anything exciting?

~Mavis

Total Spent This Week $44.70

Total Spent This Year $1,496.01 - It’s official, I’m over for the year!

Total Spent This Year on Garden Seeds/Supplies $919.96{I bought a Meyer Lemon Tree, Rhubarb crowns, 6 Fruit Trees , 16 yards of soil}, Walla Walla Onions and 90 pounds of seed potatoesPlus, supplies to make my own potting soil. I also picked up a boatload of heirloom tomato plants at the Seattle Tilth sale.

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Shopping Online with Mavis – My Recent Purchases

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dog treat bag

Remember a couple of weeks ago when I told you about how to get a FREE Happy Dog Box?

dog treat box box

All I did was complete a 3-question survey about my dog  and then I entered my contact info to score a FREE Happy Dog Box of Dog Treats and Toys worth $42. I did have to pay $9.99 shipping but let me tell you Bob, it was totally worth it.

dog treat box lucy

Lucy LOVED her treats! Especially that twisty chewy thing. She worked on that thing for a good 3 days!

shopping bras

The Maidenform Bra Sale. How could I pass up $10 bra’s people?

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I ended up purchasing 4 bras, for $10 each. The $10 sale is over now, but they are running a $15 Maidenform bra sale so you can still get a pretty good deal.

shopping sluggo

I think it’s a pretty well known fact that I love Amazon.com. And if I can get something delivered to my doorstep for less than it costs me to get in my car and drive to the big box store, I will always place an order online.

After all, the price of Sluggo is about 2 bucks less on Amazon right now than it is at The Home Depot.

shopping gap

Ahhh The Gap.

In case you didn’t know already, The Gap has all their “Favorite” short sleeved tee’s on sale for $10 each and their “Favorite” long sleeved tee’s on sale for $12.50 each with some select colors as low as $5.99 each. Giddy up!

*If you do plan on ordering anything from Maidenform or The Gap, be sure and go through Ebates first because you’ll score a 7% off rebate from Maidenform and a 2% rebate from The Gap.

** If you have not signed up for Ebates yet, GO HERE to find out how you can get a $10 gift card when you make your first purchase of $25 or more.

Saving money is cool, whether you do it in your pj’s or at the store. Wouldn’t you agree?

Have you purchased anything lately?

If so, what? Was it more exciting than bras and t- shirts?

Mavis wants to know! ;)

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Bartering with Mavis – Who Got the Better Deal?

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bartering with neighbors

Bartering wise, this has been a pretty busy week for us. After harvesting beets a few days ago I left a bundle of beets on my neighbors porch. I had never bartered with her before but had heard through the grapevine that she LOVED fresh beets so I said, what the heck, and put a few on her porch.

And then last night I found a package of Pete’s coffee, 2 Hubert’s Lemonades, 4 packs of trail mix and lychee and rambutan in a bag on our porch.

lycheeI have never tried lychee or rambutan before. Have you? What I’m suppose to do with them? The one on the left looks like a little sea urchin and I’m kind of afraid to open it.

heirloom beets
Anywho, I think I fared way better in the bartering department then my neighbor did {after all, she only received beets} so now I’m going to have to bring over some freshly dug potatoes tonight to even out the deal.

bartering basil

And then there is the barter I made with my buddy Selena. She stopped by the other day and when she did she brought along some lemon fizzy water, bay leaves, a canister of salt {how did she know I was out?} some piping bags and 3 cute little spice jars.

bartering veggies

I gave her some heirloom tomatoes, chard, pears, beets and potatoes.

I think that deal was pretty even wouldn’t you say?

organic vegetables

Here is the fresh vegetable box I put together fro my neighbor the Hunter. He’s a foodie and loves fresh vegetables. I’m hoping for some venison later this fall in return.

bartering

And last but not least, Girly Girl called and needed some yeast and tomatoes.

I went home with an 8-pack of sun dried mozzarella sausages {which I think we’ll have for dinner tonight}.

Do YOU barter with your neighbors? If so, what have you traded for in the past?

~Mavis

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Food Waste In America – I’ll Take What I Can Get

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This past week The Girl and I picked 5 boxes of chicken scraps from Mr. Produce Guy. At first glance it really looked like quite a haul of fresh fruits and vegetables. But we soon discovered otherwise as we started to unload the boxes.

food waste lettuce

We were able to reclaim 2 bunches of fresh cilantro which will totally come in handy for fresh salsa.

food waste fruit

But this box of fresh fruit was a total no go. Had the fruit still been left in it’s original containers I think we would have had ourselves a tropical feast. But since the fruit was just tossed into a box, I was a little uneasy about feeding it to my family.

food waste chickens

The chickens however, had no problem eating all fruit and lettuce scraps.

food waste chickens2

And a few ears of corn as well.

food waste vegetables

This weeks fresh produce freebies:

5 ears of corn
3 bunches spinach
2 bunches of cilantro, and
4 heads of broccoli

What can I say? Some weeks are better than others, but you know what? I’ll take what I can get.

After all, free is free. Thanks you Mr. Produce Guy,

~Mavis :)

Would you like to see what else we have brought home over the past year?

Head on over HERE to read all the past stories and to see all the pictures.

If you have just stumbled upon this series and are wondering how I got all this food for free, you’ll want to read this story first.

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Mondays with Mavis – How to Feed Your Family for $100 a Month

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Albertsons $15.54  {Toilet Paper not included}

Have you been to Albertsons lately? Oh my word are the prices dropping over there or what? Seriously, if Albertsons keeps lowering their prices like they have been, I think I’ll be shopping there a lot more often.

I don’t know about your Albertsons, but the produce department at mine keeps having manager specials for really random items. Last time around it was peaches for $.50 a pound, this time I was able to pick up 10 ounce tubs of salted almonds and chocolate covered peanuts for a buck. A buck! What a deal.

green vegetables

 Local Fruit Stand $3.84

3 peppers for $1, 3 cucumbers for $1, fresh spinach and broccoli for stir fry.

blackberries

Even though the HOA chopped down most of the blackberries in the neighborhood, The Girl and I were still able to find a few. Some people think blackberry bushes are a pain, but not me.garden produce

And last but not least, here is a sampling of what we picked from our backyard garden.

Life is good!

How did YOU do this week shopping for groceries? Find any great deals?

~Mavis

Total Spent This Week $19.38

Total Spent This Year $1,451.36 - It’s official, I’m over for the year!

Total Spent This Year on Garden Seeds/Supplies $893.99 {I bought a Meyer Lemon Tree, Rhubarb crowns, 6 Fruit Trees , 16 yards of soil}, Walla Walla Onions and 90 pounds of seed potatoesPlus, supplies to make my own potting soil. I also picked up a boatload of heirloom tomato plants at the Seattle Tilth sale.

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Mondays with Mavis

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road trip foodWe’ve been plugging away across the country with a junkload of gnomes in tow, and we’ve also been making quite a dent in our $125 we each have to spend. Amber found some of the most delicious french onion soup in Pigeon Forge.

free hotel breakfastWe all caught a break with a the free continental breakfast this morning at the Music Road Hotel before heading out to Dollywood. We didn’t notice it until we sat down to eat but the eggs were fake. Yep, instant eggs. {Gross!}

five Guys BurgersFive Guys burger hit the spot when we were famished & exhausted from traveling. Some of the best burgers ever!

spliting the checkWe ate Mexican food in Nashville. I know, I know. You’re wondering why we didn’t eat BBQ. Well we’re planning on stuffing our faces full of BBQ tomorrow in Memphis, so we held off.

subwayWe were so excited to see a Subway super late Friday night when we were on the road and still hours from our destination. Love Subway or hate it, when you’re starving and nothing is open for miles and miles, a Subway sandwich just might be the best thing you’ve ever tasted.

sweet tea

The Girl picked up some essentials when we hit Piggly Wiggly. The prices there were surprisingly good so it didn’t break her bank.

Overall I think we’re doing well. Here’s where we stand:

Lola has spent $50.50 just on food.
Amber has spent $83 on food and souvenirs.
The Girl has spent $52.51 just on food.
I have spent $61.12  just on food.

You think we’re going to make it? We have about 5 meals left and a day & a half of traveling. Can we do it?

~Mavis

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Food Waste In America – A Week’s Worth of Produce for Free

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This week we received 4 boxes of “chicken scraps” from Mr. Produce Guy.

Picking up produce that has been deemed “unsaleable” each week has been quite the adventure. Mostly because it’s totally hit and miss. Some weeks we find ourselves swimming in strawberries and other weeks all the reclaimed produce nearly all goes to the chickens. You just never know what you are going to get. And I think that’s what makes it so much fun.

So this week when I saw the boxes I immediately knew the chickens would be getting oodles of lettuce. But I wasn’t expecting them to get nearly a case of corn.

What? A case of corn? How can that be? Well, under the husks we found:

corn with mold

Moldy Corn.

dried corn

Dried corn.

mutant corn

Mutant corn.

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But hey, it wasn’t all bad. Check out all this fruitalicious goodness! Free bananas, free avocados, free tomatoes, free apples and yes, even a few ears of free corn. Life it good when you are eating scraps!

I’m thinking this is about $20 worth of free produce. Not to shabby if you ask me.

~Mavis

Would you like to see what else we have brought home over the past year?

Head on over HERE to read all the past stories and to see all the pictures.

If you have just stumbled upon this series and are wondering how I got all this food for free, you’ll want to read this story first.

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