This past week there were quite a few strawberries, melons and grapes to sort through. Unfortunately, the melons were a little past their prime to feed to my family but our flock of backyard chickens sure loved them.
Out of the 3 boxes of produce scraps Mr. Produce Guy gave us, this is what we kept. If I had to guess this is probably a weeks worth of fruit for most families. Lucky for us, we didn’t have to pay a dime for it.
In case you are wondering what we did with all the produce, I took all the apples and made 2 batches of dehydrated apple chips. With the reclaimed stuff from the grocery department and the produce we have growing in the backyard I thought it would be nice to make a few batches and tuck them away for my kids lunches this fall. And when I say tuck them away I mean HIDE them. Shhh. Don’t tell my teens or they’ll go looking for them.
The strawberries were washed, trimmed and tossed into the freezer to use later in the year in smoothies.
And the grapes? Well most of them went in a glass refrigerator container for easy snacking, but I did put a few in zip baggies for the HH’s lunch.
And last but not least, I chopped up the broccoli, red pepper and lone carrot for an easy stir fry dinner.
Waste not, want not.
I thought it was a great week for free produce, don’t you?
Have you tried talking to your local grocery, CSA or favorite farmer yet about getting a deal or possibly picking up FREE discarded produce yet? Well you should. After all, the worst someone can do is tell you know.
Peace Out Girl Scouts, I’m off to go water the garden.
Would you like to see what else we have brought home over the past year?
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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