Food Waste In America – The Monkeys Stole My Bananas!

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What? No bananas? Seriously? What happened? Was there a monkey convention or something we didn’t hear about? It’s been ages since we haven’t had at least 10 pounds of bananas in the free produce boxes Mr. Produce Guy sets aside for us each week.

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Shriveled mangos, soft grapes and super soft apples. Perfect for chickens, not so great for humans.


The asparagus was a wee bit past it’s prime. So we tossed it onto the compost heap.

Even though this lettuce was perfectly fine to eat, we gave it to the chickens. They LOVE their greens and when it comes down to it, we can really only eat so much lettuce ourselves. food waste in America

What we kept for ourselves this week:

  • 2 large fruit Bowls {retail $9.99}
  • 2 head of iceberg lettuce
  • 2 apples
  • 1 mango
  • 1 avocado

Not a bad deal if you ask me. :) What do you think?


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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  1. I’d have frozen at least some of the asparagus to use the next time I made chicken stock! Then you could compost it after.

  2. I bet everyone bought all the bananas to make banana bread for Christmas gifts.

  3. Random Person Named Melissa says:

    What? No pictures of the chickens enjoying themselves???…. For Shame!! heh

    Anyways I’ve noticed there are fewer bananas on the banana rack at the store and I live on the other side of the country from you. Maybe there’s a larger shortage this time of year then normal?

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