Don’t waste that produce!

by Melanie Stewart

We are definitely in the middle of summer and if you have planted a garden, participate in a CSA, or go to a farmers market, you (hopefully) know that that the harvest has been bountiful so far this year.  Given all of the energy and resources used to create that harvest it’s terrible to watch all that food go to waste.

Currently, it’s estimated that each U.S. household wastes over $900 in food each year; and that’s money from your pocket, it doesn’t count the waste of the resources used to produce that food or get it to your home.  Check out this article for a variety of little steps you can take to save food, money, and resources.

If you are like some of us, you end up with a lot of the same kind of vegetable or a lot of vegetables at once; which could be more than you can eat.

Not sure what to do with your extra zucchinis?

Don’t know how to preserve fruits to use later this winter?

What about all those tomatoes?

LiveGreen can help!

Visit our Recipe board on Pinterest for lots of new-to-you recipes that include fresh fruits, vegetables, and herbs.  There’s also meatless recipes, organic recipes, and light and fresh recipes that are perfect for those hot summer days!

You can also go to our Food board on Pinterest to find numerous resources on how different vegetables and fruits can be preserved for long periods of time including canning and freezing.

Not a good harvest? Our Garden board can help with common ailments or check out the Douglas/Sarpy County Extension; their master gardeners can help with lots of problems and questions, and their website has lost of topics…It’s not too late!

You may also be interested in Edible Omaha, a free publication that highlights clean eating, sustainable food sources and local and organic food.  They have a digital version of their publication and numerous recipes posted online.

If you have planted non-hybrid plants you may be interested in seed saving.  Saving seeds helps to preserve some of the genetic diversity of plants to increase qualities such as drought-tolerance, heat-and-cold-tolerance, and disease resistance. For information on how do so, check out this seed saving handbook.

Planted only hybrids this year?  Consider checking seeds out from the Benson Library or Seed Savers Exchange next year to start your crop.

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