"I thought you were cancelling the produce delivery," my husband sternly met me at the door. I mumbled about keeping it when he was out of town that week because I didn't want to shop with the kids. The truth is, I don't want to give up the idea of us eating local and organically.
My husband has a point: How many times have I bought from the produce delivery, only to let the lovely seasonal vegetables die a most horrible death in my produce drawer or in the back of my fridge? The last few months have been chaotic at best, juggling work, a start-up company, a family, a scout troop, an occasional blog, the holidays, and, well, me. Too often my great goals of eating brightly colored broccoli from a local farmer fell with the temptation to swing by Papa Murphy's, because, well, it's easier when the kids are ready to chew on the car after school.
So my laziness has created more waste. The waste of buying twice for one meal. The waste of extra gas for the delivery driver. The waste of our budget. The extra trash.
Food waste is an issue for all of us, and while it's easy to point fingers at the restaurant industry, it truly starts at home. It's the small things, from cooking too much and letting the rest go to waste, to forgetting about those now-expired goods in our pantry. And it all adds up.
Right now, I've called a truce with my husband, putting the service on hold with the option of temporarily restarting it when I want to. The fridge is getting a makeover, and my compost bin a few extra items that are past their prime and not the best options for turning into soups. And that little line in my planner that says "meals?" It's getting filled out this weekend. We're making a plan to succeed.