January, 2016 will go down as the "great Canadian cauliflower crisis" due to the cascading Canadian dollar, tumbling oil prices and California's drought.
Maybe you're immune to the hysteria because:
- You prefer local, seasonal produce
- Your household is already saving about $700 per year by not wasting food
- You willingly pay higher prices for organic, local and fair trade
High food prices are likely here to stay. In fact, Canadians should expect to spend $345 more this year on food. Where will that extra dough come from?
A hard-core solution: join the Bathurst family of New Brunswick — start homesteading. (They're so brave!)
A soft-core solution: Create an "Eat-me-first" bin or basket for the fridge.
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I can't take credit for the "eat-me-first" bin featured in my Queen of Green Coaches video. I discovered this brilliant yet simple tip by watching Jen and Grant of the Just Eat It movie. They ate only rescued, discarded and surplus food for six months, spending $200 in that time yet acquiring $20,000 of food in their house — $13,000 of which was fair trade AND organic chocolate. (These are smart people! Let's be more like Jen and Grant.)
Step 1: Find a bin or basket
- Repurpose a plastic bin or basket
Step 2: Label it
- In bold letters write, "Eat-me-first"
Step 3: Add food
- Choose sad-looking produce and foods approaching their "best before" dates
Note: Do you know where to find the coldest and warmest parts of your fridge??
Step 4: Meal plan
- Find recipes that incorporate "Eat-me-first" bin items
This bin will help you save money and put valuable nutrients into you and your family and friends instead of into the compost.
It's simple, "See your food and eat your food!" (I mean that was the whole reason you bought it, right?)
What other tips do you have to eat what you buy?
Lindsay Coulter, a fellow Queen of Green