Sustainable Beer Beyond the Hops

hop harvest

Beer drinkers aren’t just picky about what’s in their mug. They’re pretty discerning about how the beer is produced. An increasing number of breweries—and that number has jumped to 5,000 craft brewers nationwide up from 4,000 last year—are producing sustainable beer. From local ingredients and composting to implementing wind and solar power, breweries are taking the environment seriously.

Celebrate World Food Day at Zero Waste Cooking Demo

zero waste cooking demo

Carissa Hvizdo of The Stand is generously sharing her wisdom with the public at a Zero Waste Cooking Demo on Wednesday, October 28, from 7:00-8:30 pm at their Fairfield location on Mill Plain Road in the Sportsplex. Carissa is both a farmer and restaurateur/chef, making her uniquely qualified to attack food waste from multiple angles.

Heeding Pope Francis’ Call to Change Our Ways

I’m reading Pope Francis’ environmental encyclical, Laudato Si, which unabashedly describes environmental degradation as “a tragic consequence” of unchecked human activity and our greatest sin.

Since we’re the ones to blame for the sad state of the earth, each of us must work towards solving the problems contributing to the destruction of our “common home.”

Green Food Resolutions for 2014

Assuming you always use reusable bags when shopping, have ditched bottled water for good, and compost your food waste rather than throwing it in the garbage, you’re ready for bigger and tastier challenges. Here are a few to consider:

10 Things to Do Before Summer’s End

Teacher assignments, open houses, orientations, school supply lists – it’s all suddenly upon us. So are the last crops we’ll harvest before putting our gardens to bed for the winter. Make the most of the last fleeting weeks of summer by doing a few special, and memorable, green food activities before summer’s end. Here’s to building our fortitude to make it through another New England winter.

Cast-Off Cooking: Broccoli Stems

Broccoli is in season so it’s a great time to consider eating the stems too. Freshly harvested broccoli doesn’t suffer from the cracks and dryness which plague grocery store broccoli, making it easy to enjoy more of it. Admittedly, stems are nothing to get excited about visually. In fact, they pale in comparison to broccoli’s showy, emerald-green florets just begging to be lopped off and lightly steamed for a quick side dish.

Is It Edible?

Each year I push the envelope on avoiding food waste a bit more, focusing this summer on reaping the most from the food I grow in our backyard and what comes in our weekly CSA share from Sport Hill Farm. Sometimes my “aha” moment comes in the middle of making dinner.

Fairfield Green Food Guide
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