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Farmer’s Market Fare: Late Summer Menu (recipes)

By Green Diva Meg thegreendivas.com
August 22, 2012
File under: Diet, Food, Health, Shopping

I finally live in a town that has a farmer’s market – not that I lived so far from it before we moved a whole mile and a half to the new place, but there is something about being able to walk out the door with a couple of bags and walk down to the farmer’s market on a Saturday morning that is particularly awesome. I have never lived within reasonable walking distance of one either.

Neither of the two farmer’s that have stalls are certified organic, but they both claim to be using integrated pest control and are trying to minimize chemical fertilizers . . . not thrilled, but I want to do my part to help support them. You can be sure I made it clear that sustainably, responsibly grown food is important to me and many local folks I know. It is the perennial debate: if you HAD to choose between local and organic, which is better for you AND the environment. ugh. I’m polling people again on the Green Divas Radio Show FB page PLEASE weigh in!

Meanwhile, Here’s what we made this week
from the goodies you see in the picture

Carrot Juice w/ Beets & Kale – (GD Meg’s Recipe for Carrot Juice w/ Beets & Kale)

My favorite carrot juice recipe includes (per 1 cup serving):

  • about 6 carrots
  • 1 leaf kale
  • 1 celery stalk
  • 1 t fresh ginger
  • 1/4 of a medium raw beet

Farmer’s Market Fig Salad

The only things that didn’t come from the farmer’s market were the pistachios and the salad dressing! We gobbled this one up and can’t wait till next week’s market – hope they have more figs! (GD Meg’s Recipe for Farmer’s Market Fig Salad)

Vegan Roasted Beet & Cashew Cheese Tower

We love to roast beets and get creative with them in the summer. (GD Meg’s Recipe for Vegan Roasted Beet & Cashew Cheese Tower)

BBQ Corn

Not sure where we came up with this, but half the family loves this, the other half not so much, so we divide our corn catch and do half plain and half BBQ’d.

Ingredients

Locally Grown NON-GMO Corn (if you can find it!)

Your favorite BBQ sauce

Instructions

Cook all the corn as you normally would (we usually just cook in boiling water). Take out the ears you want to BBQ and cool a bit. When you can handle them, roll them in your favorite BBQ sauce and toss them on the grill, turning as they brown and blacken. YUM

 

 
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Shopping to Support the Environment

By Tara Alley ecomii.com
February 22, 2011
File under: Shopping, Waste Reduction

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Typically, the word “shopping” brings to mind hard-core consumerism, women strolling strip malls with arms loaded full of boxes and bags, wallets that grow lighter and lighter and carbon footprints that sink deeper and deeper.

But, for those of us interested in a sustainable lifestyle, there are actually ways in which shopping (as inevitable as it is on at least the basic levels) can be done in an eco-friendly manner. Even better, it’s often cheaper.

So, first off, where does one shop?

There’s been a lot of controversy lately about which is better for the environment: online vs. local. While many claim that the individualized packaging and shipping connected to online shopping outweighs the positive effects of staying home and not driving to the store, I’d say there’s stronger information to affirm that online shopping is a step ahead in terms of being more eco-friendly.

In case you need some convincing, here are some of the top benefits to online shopping, as well as some recommended sites to visit. …read more of Shopping to Support the Environment here

 
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Eco Fashion Goes Downhill

By Heather O'Neill ecomii.com
September 10, 2009
File under: Environmental Concerns, Fashion, Lifestyle, Products, Recycling, Shopping

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It may seem premature to think about right after Labor Day, but winter is coming. Depending on where you live, that may mean a new winter jacket. But materials that keep you toasty during the cold winter months don’t always make Mother Earth feel warm and fuzzy.

This ski season I plan to pick up one of Patagonia’s recycled jackets. Not only is Patagonia one of the good guys, ecologically-speaking, but the company’s Insulated Powder Bowl Jackets for men and women are pretty darn spiffy.

The waterproof shell is made from 100 percent recycled polyester, and insulated with Stuffable Thermogreen™, which is 90 percent recycled and quilted to prevent shifting inside the shell. …read more of Eco Fashion Goes Downhill here

 
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Top 5 Safest and Cheapest Sunscreens

By Allison Wentz ecomii.com
July 6, 2009
File under: Health, Personal Care, Products, Saving Money, Shopping

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A swimsuit, a pair of sandals and a bottle of sunscreen—key ingredients to a happy, healthy summer, right? Wrong.

The Environmental Working Group, a non-profit that works to protect public health and the environment, has recently found that 4 out of 5 name-brand sunscreen products don’t protect skin adequately from the sun or contain ingredients with serious safety concerns.

Out of the 1,234 products investigated, the EWG determined that only 14% of the sunscreens provided good sun protection without posing significant health risks. …read more of Top 5 Safest and Cheapest Sunscreens here

 
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Top 4 Green Father’s Day Ideas

By Cherl Petso ecomii.com
June 15, 2009
File under: Family, Gifts, Holidays, Lifestyle, Shopping

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Father’s Day is around the corner, do you have your gift ready?  I’ve always thought that father-figures are much harder to shop for than mothers.  Many mothers are made happy with little extravagances like flowers, chocolate, spa days, yoga gear, etc.

But when it comes to my dad, I’m stumped.  He golfs and that’s it.  I’ve gotten him every annoying golf accessory and gadget that ever existed and he hasn’t used one of them (not that I blame him).  It’s time to think outside the box; so here you go, my top five green gift ideas for Father’s Day: …read more of Top 4 Green Father’s Day Ideas here

 
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