My one small change for January was to shop in season and local to the Western US.
I did well, I think. I’ve also managed to store some in-season produce (potatoes and apples and oranges.) I grated and froze carrots before they went bad. I plan to make carrot marmalade out of them!
Why is shopping in season important? What is the point of a small change like this?
My grocery store has cherries and pineapple from Mexico and plums from Chile for sale right now.
Those plums? They have to travel thousands of miles to get to my store. The cherries and pineapple came at least 1000 miles, and that’s conservative. That’s a lot of resources so that I can eat summer fruit in the dead of a mountain winter, isn’t it?
Thinking about the seasons, and what foods grow near me at this time of year has been a great exercise in mindfulness. I only focused on produce. But during this month I really thought about what it takes for food to get to my table.
I thought about the tricky ways that advertisers make me think that not only do I deserve cherries in winter, but that I deserve them. Who wants to be that manipulated?
Buying in season is less expensive, too. I was able to buy potatoes for 10 cents a pound and apples for 45 cents a pound.
Cherries cost $8 a pound in January.
In July they’ll cost less than $2 a pound. I think I’ll buy a case and learn how to can pie filling.
The next step, I believe, is to go beyond produce. I’m going to try to buy all food that’s produced in the Western US.
So what about February? I’ve put a lot of thought into this.
My change for February is to make and use natural cleaners.
I already know how to make my own laundry soap. It’s just a matter of doing it.
Baking soda and vinegar does as much to clean as 4o9. Right? I’ll have to convince Kevin of that.
I’m not sure how to make dish soap. We wash dishes by hand, so it has to be liquid. I’ll be researching that this weekend.
Head over to Hip Mountain Mama’s website and join the One Small Change party.