We as eaters are not the only ones throwing our food away. Grocery stores and other retailers toss quite a bit in the trash as well, including 12% of their fruits and vegetables. Bruised bananas, oddly shaped tomatoes, and slightly wilted basil are deemed unfit for the shelves.
Some grocery stores have helped save the poor lumpy tomatoes from the perils of the landfill by creating imperfect, discount produce shelves–a haven for we food savers! Does your store have one? The Acme where I do most of my shopping does not. However, the produce stand at Reading Terminal Market does and I took full advantage this weekend.
For the dirt cheap price of one dollar, I got a goodie bag containing a grapefruit (skin was slightly discolored), a soft tangerine, a barely bruised kiwi, and two apples.
The tangerine inspired this dinner….
…and the apple filled the bottom half of my lunchbox!
What steps have you taken this week to reduce the 40%?