Food Waste In America – Free Fruit? Heck Ya I’ll Take it.

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I don’t know about you, but I think it’s totally worth it to stop by my local grocery store once a week to pick up “scrap produce.” Even if we do end up giving most of it to our flock of backyard chickens, I still think it’s kind of fun.

spotted bananas

One of these days I’m going to ask Mr. Produce Guy why they don’t put all the spotted bananas in a box and sell them for $0.19 a pound or something. My grandfather would ONLY EAT bananas if they were covered in spots. I’m pretty sure there is someone out there who would love to have them.

bruised apple

Bruised apples with nicks might be a harder sell though.

red grapes

There were 9 bad grapes in this bag. That’s it. The other 100+ tasted just fine.small peppers

There were also 7 bags of mini peppers this week. We sorted though those too. I highly doubt anyone would have bought the bags at a discount and sorted through them though, out of 7 bags, these were the only salvageable ones.

food waste in America

Free fruit and vegetables? Heck yeah I’ll take it.

Wouldn’t you?

~Mavis

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

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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 Shopping Trip – $15.61

Is it just me, or is stocking up on basics like milk, sugar, yogurt, cottage cheese and beans boring? It makes me think about how boring it would have been for the pioneer ladies to go to the store for only flour, sugar and coffee. But then again, they probably grew {or made} everything they needed.

vitacost

Vitacost – $3.29

I had some Vitacost credit so I placed an order for a few goodies like Clif Bars, Tea and Rice. You can learn more about Vitacost HERE. I also ordered the HH some coffee K-Cups, but they have’t arrived yet.

harbor greens produce

Local Produce Market – $13.56

Our local produce market had black forest deli ham on sale for $3.99 a pound. My kids LOVE that stuff, so I bought a pound for ham and cheese sandwiches. Avocados were 2 for $1 and bananas were $0.59 a pound. Oh and Fiji apples, were only $0.49 a pound {a pretty awesome deal if you ask me}.

kroger crispy rice

Fred Meyer – $1.88

I made the kids a batch of Homemade Granola Bars so they could pack them in their lunch for school.

food waste in America

Mr. Produce Guy – FREE

I didn’t keep much from the free produce boxes last week  but I did save a few apples and strawberries for lunch snacks and avocados for homemade guacamole. Talk about exciting stuff, huh? ;)

How did you do this week? Did you find any good sales?

~Mavis

Total Spent This Week $34.34
Total Spent This Year $1,665.59 - 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 – I Think I’ll Pass on the Corn This Time

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In April of 2012 I started collecting weekly boxes of food scraps from my local grocery store, and over the past year and a half I’ve noticed there is a seasonal roller coaster effect as to what gets but in those scrap boxes.

mutant corn

Fresh corn for instance. There is always plenty of it during the summer months. Corn is cheap, easy to ship and stores probably sell a lot of it. But the thing is, corn breaks down pretty fast. It get’s moldy, and when refrigerated too long, it starts to get slimey and gross.

food scraps

Now I’m all for salvaging what I can from the free produce boxes, but I’m certainly not going to feed my family slimey corn. If this were the depression, I might cut out the 25% of the corn that was still good, but it’s not. And I’m thankful for the luxury.

chicken scraps

Luckily we have a compost bin and chickens to feed our food scraps too.

Chickens eat bugs, so a little corn slim isn’t going to bother them.

blue cochin chickens

Even the fancy smancy chickens will eat it.

food waste in America

So is reclaiming food the grocery stores won’t sell really worth it?

Well for me it is because it cuts down on my feed bill. And anything else I can salvage, is just a bonus.

Life is good.

~Mavis

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

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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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Fred Meyer $3.00 

Do you ever feel like your the most boring shopper ever? Well that’s how I feel about my grocery store purchases last week. The HH had been out of town on a business trip, and with school and fall sports in full swing, I barely had to buy anything.

albertsons sour cream

Albertsons $5.49

Cream cheese, cheddar cheese and sour cream. Now that’s exciting isn’t it?

With so much food the freezer and the garden still producing, it’s hard to make time to grocery shopping, whether we need something or not.

potatoes

But one thing I did make time for, was donating 3 boxes of homegrown potatoes to our local food bank.

So far this year we have harvested over 250 pounds of red, white and blue potatoes. And yes, there are still more to dig up. ;) Now, as much as we all like potatoes, we grew way more than we could eat and giving them away seemed like the right thing to do.

swiss chard

I also dropped off a couple bags of Swiss chard as well. The lady at the food bank didn’t want to take too much of the leafy greens in case people didn’t take it. And I don’t blame her. I think I’ll give her a jingle today and see she had any takers, and if so, I’ll drop off a few more bags while I’m out running errands this week.

And last but not least…

food waste in america

Mr. Produce Guy – FREE

Free watermelon, apples, kiwis and grapes for lunch snacks and a boatload of lettuce for taco night and dinner salads. Free food is cool. Whether you are giving it away or receiving it.

How about you?

Did you buy a bunch of groceries last week? Get any awesome deals? Or maybe you donated your extra garden produce to the food bank? Either way, Mavis wants to know. :)

Total Spent This Week $8.49
Total Spent This Year $1,631.25 - 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 – Free Lunch Snacks

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This weeks “scrap boxes” were filled with a bunch of produce that was still edible {imagine that!}. Some weeks there is a lot of variety, and other’s it’s like hitting the mushroom lotto or something and I have to scramble to figure out what to with mass quantities of one item. It’s fun, but sometimes it can be a bit of a challenge. But not this week.

radishes

Radishes. I think the only thing that was wrong with these radishes was that they were too small. The smallest being the size of a dime. Clearly, if given the chose, a consumer is going to pick a bundle of large radishes over a small cluster, because bigger is always better, right?

puggle puppy

Ahh But guess who loves bite size radishes?

lucy the puggle dog

Miss Lucy Puggle that’s who! :)

food waste in america

Free watermelon, apples, kiwis and grapes for lunch snacks and a boatload of lettuce for taco night and dinner salads. Gitty up. Free food is awesome!

~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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Fred Meyer – $26.50

Fred Meyer is hopping with deals this week! 2 pounds of our favorite Tillamook cheese for only $3.99, butter 3 for $5, peanut butter $1.25 each, milk $.99 for a half gallon and local Foster Farms whole chickens are on sale for $.99 a pound. Sweet Diggety! Oh and I almost forgot, Tillamook yogurt is on sale for $.33 each, and I had B1G1 coupons. Yee-Haw!

free produce

Mr. Produce Guy- FREE

Between our garden and all the free produce we get from Mr. Produce Guy each week, I hardly had to buy anything!

heirloom tomatoes

We have so many tomatoes sitting on the kitchen counter and on the back deck right now it’s crazy! I can barely keep up. This has been such a great year for tomatoes that it’s been a little overwhelming at times. I can only imagine what it must have been like for the pilgrims to have such a short window of time to preserve a years worth of food.

How did you do this week? Did you find any awesome deals at the grocery store?

~Mavis

Total Spent This Week $26.50
Total Spent This Year $1,622.76 - 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 – Chickens Love Produce Scraps

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When we went to pick up our boxes of “chicken scraps” this week there were only 3 boxes. And you know what? It was kind of a relief. After having to process 20 pounds of peppers the other day, we were kind of exhausted. ;)

chickens

As usual we gave almost all of the greens to our pet chickens. They LOVE having lettuce and cabbage leaves to snack on. With the exception of citrus, they’ll pretty much eat anything we give them.

chickens

Our hens even like mushrooms! free produce

This week were salvaged 3 heads of organic romaine lettuce, 7 apples, 2 carrots, 3 heads of iceberg lettuce and a handful of mushrooms. Not to shabby if you ask me.

Life if good!

Peace Out Girl Scouts, have a great day.

~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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milk and bananas

Albertsons $6.74

Milk and bananas baby, it doesn’t get anymore exciting than that! ;)

Twinnings K cups

Amazon $1.12

I traded in my Swagbucks credit and for an Amazon gift card and bought Decaffeinated Twinings  Tea, Chinese Five Spice and Backyard Winter Gardening by Caleb Warnock. Since I just got the book I haven’t read it yet but the pictures are gorgeous!

scotts toilet paper

Amazon 

My Scott’s Toilet Paper also arrived last week. I’m not counting it in my grocery total though because we don’t eat toilet paper. ;)
vitacost

Vitacost $18.20

I had a wee bit of Vitacost credit so I placed an order for a few essentials like Bob’s Red Mill Pancake Mix, Baking Cocoa, plus got a few goodies for the kids like Nutella for the Girl and Chips for Monkey Boy.

buy local produce

Wilco Feed Store – $25

I still can’t believe what a great deal this was. I was able to pick up 24 pounds of pears for my kids sports team {I am snack mom and I get reimbursed so I’m not including it in my total}, 20 pounds of peppers and 25 pounds of onions.

The Girl and I spent yesterday chopping and freezing all the peppers and the onions went to the pantry to use over the winter months. I love stocking up on produce!

how to find free food waste

Mr. Produce Guy – FREE

Last week we were able to reclaim a good variety of free produce thanks to Mr. Produce Guy. I’ll be sharing what I did with all those bananas later this week.

Even though I went way over budget this past week, I feel like I stocked up on some pretty great deals so I’m okay with it. After all, our eating habits have changed significantly over the past year or two.

How did you do this past week? Did you find any super awesome deals?

~Mavis

Total Spent This Week $51.06

Total Spent This Year $1,569.76- 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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Stock Up on Produce When the Prices are Low – Wilco Case Sale

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This morning there was an email from Wilco {our local feed store} letting me know they were having a 50% off sale on their cases of fresh, local produce today.

So what do you think I did?

wilco western washington

Hmmm. Yeah, I was there at 9 am when the doors opened. ;)

  • 24 Pounds of Pears $12 = $0.50 a pound
  • 10 pounds of Red and Yellow Peppers $8.50 = $0.25 each!
  • 25 pounds of Yellow Onions $4.50 = $0.18 a pound
  • 10 pounds of Anaheim Peppers $8.50 = $0.85 a pound.

Total Spent $33.50.

lucy the puggle dog

Heck yeah I think that was worth getting out of bed early for.

What do you think? Do those look like stock up prices to you?

~Mavis

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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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