CSA Box Waste

CSA Food Waste and How to Avoid It

Of course you love the idea of joining a CSA (Community Supported Agriculture) who wouldn’t? Fresh, local produce straight from the farmer conveniently delivered twice a month and also probably cheaper than picking it up at the farmer’s market every week. The problem is, last time you tried it you ended up with clumps of soggy Swiss chard and moldy tomatillos in the back of your fridge because you simply couldn’t get through everything before it spoiled. It was a waste of money and a waste of good food!

You’d like to think that you’ll do a better job this time around of cooking your way through that perpetual box of greens but the reality is there’s always going to be times where, for whatever reason, you just can’t. Fortunately, this is exactly what Ripelist was built for.

Those who are familiar with Ripelist know it works great for sharing surplus from the garden or homemade Kombucha with neighbors but it’s also a perfect solution for the CSA blues. Too much Kale? Post it on Ripelist for sale or trade. Is that bulk meat order from your local ranch a little too much for your freezer? Put it on Ripelist and see what your neighbors have to trade! It’s not only a solution to food waste but if you offer your extra for sale or trade, it will actually save you money and help you connect with like-minded neighbors to boot!

If you are considering signing up again this year for a CSA, don’t hesitate. It’s still the best way to get fresh food while supporting your local farm. Just make sure you’ve downloaded Ripelist if you do. It just may be the answer to your CSA blues.

Visit www.ripelist.com for more information or download Ripelist now for free from the App Store.

Fire Cider Fermentation

A life Changed with Fermentation

Cody visited the doctor frequently growing up in Dallas, Texas.  She remembers always feeling “crummy” but no one ever being able to tell her why. She says, “although it was hard, I just sort of accepted that’s how It was always going to be. I normalized it.” Cody and her siblings were raised on mostly processed and fast food but explains, “It was standard. It was what we knew.   Continue reading →

Cottage Food Map

Cottage Food Operations, The New Rules

In the last five years or so, there has been a relatively quiet movement taking place in the halls of U.S. state governments. A small but growing minority are being granted special exceptions to long-established laws. This group, in all their spicy, smoked, pickled, baked and otherwise flavor-bursting varieties, are cottage food operations (CFOs), or put more simply, homemade food businesses. Continue reading →

Stinging Nettle

Stinging Nettle, A Backyard Weed That Cures Allergies?

A few weeks ago, in a miserable fit of sneezing and itchy red eyes, I came across a homespun remedy for seasonal allergies I hadn’t heard of before; Stinging Nettle tea. That’s right. It’s that annoying weed your dad warned you about on camping trips in the woods. After some more, ahem… rigorous research (there’s a lot of mommy blogs out there) I decided to give it a shot. Continue reading →

Is an Affordable Local Food Diet Possible?

Well, it’s now been confirmed. There’s enough local food for everyone! That’s right, according to a UC study put out this last month, there is enough locally grown and raised food for 90% of Americans to eat 100% local (food produced within 100 miles). That’s an encouraging statistic to be sure but, before I put on my party hat and partake of the locally sourced vegetable platter I have one aching question. Why does it feel like we’re still a far cry from that reality? I ask this because yes, despite the growing number of local food choices available today, my squash does occasionally have a Mexico sticker slapped on it and my Florida Orange juice well, I think it’s from Florida. The simple truth is, eating 100% affordable local food diet is still not convenient for most folks.
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A Mobile Local Food App for Portland

So yesterday we finally plopped down the hundred bucks for an Apple developer’s license so we could finally see how Ripelist looks and functions on an actual phone (up until now we’ve relied on a desktop simulator to view it while being built). Although plenty of bugs remain to be dealt with and features still need to be added, it was great to see something we’ve dreamed of for years, a mobile local food app, actually working and functioning on a mobile device!  Aaron has done a fantastic job of single-handedly building this app from an idea that only existed on Post-its a few months ago! Continue reading →

Good Egg Bad Egg

Good Eggs, Bad Eggs

I was in a large warehouse store a few weeks ago standing in the giant refrigerator that houses the eggs and dairy and I was faced with a choice. In front of me were two different cartons of eggs. One contained regular large chicken eggs and the other, for a few dollars more, contained the same thing except it had that seductive FDA Certified Organic stamp of health prominently displayed on it’s label. Continue reading →