Now that the turkey (or tofurkey) has been put away, and the holiday decorations are coming out of the attic, it's time to look at how we can keep sustainable food a part of this holiday season. Here are five surefire ways to do just that!
1. Support your local farmers this season by shopping at the farmers' market for cheeses, fresh veggies, and more to make the upcoming festivities especially meaningful (not to mention delicious).
2. Think about food when donating to charity. Whether that means you write a check to your area food centers, volunteer time working at the farmers' market or a local farm, or donate healthy, organic non-perishable goods to a food bank, be sure to encourage your own sustainable food habits throughout the community.
3. Turn to local resources for perfect gifts for hosts, friends, foodies, and more. Local honey, jam, olive oil, wine, beer, and more make for perfect gifts!
4. Waste not, want not. Bear in mind that while the holidays are a time for lavish celebration, it's not an excuse for wasting food. Be mindful of consumption in the kitchen: share extras with those in need, don't cook far more than you'll need, and perhaps try jump-starting your compost pile with any extra scraps.
5. Opt for home-made! While it takes a little more work, you will be able to offer more healthy foods to your guests or friends. We're big fans of edible gifts, and we bake with organic ingredients, even en masse. Despite the temptation to cut corners, hold to your sustainable food choices even at this busy time of year.
How will you celebrate sustainably this season?
• Holiday Giving: Help Those in Need
• Celebrate World Food Day!
&bull: How to Join a CSA
• Work For Food: Volunteering at Your CSA
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