For those of you who really don’t like to waste food (but maybe find yourselves doing so), I have one word for you: Chickens.
Giving them the leftovers makes you feel better about accidentally overbuying. You can compost, of course, but it’s not quite the same.
It’s so much fun to give my chickens treats that I found myself subconsciously buying too much organic arugula, romaine, carrots, peas, broccoli and more so I could share with them once it sort of started to go limp.
But then I started feeling guilty about it (it does get expensive) and decided to ask farmers for scraps–beet or carrot tops, wilted swiss chard, etc–at the bi-weekly market. What a joy to come home with bags of goodies for our girls! But that’s only once or twice a week. (I’ll share leaves of homegrown kale, at times, and never keep the grubs to myself.)
But, using my powers of justification (see previous post), I realize that we come out ahead even if I give them organic, store-bought vegetables. They cost less than the eggs I would otherwise been buying.
Here’s how it works in photos: