Have you considered joining a CSA? CSA stands for community supported agriculture! You sign up for shares of healthy vegetables, meats or dairy. Sometimes you pay monthly, sometimes you pay up front! Then you go pick it up every week! It’s a great way to fill your fridge with local, organic foods that will probably go bad because you are too lazy to look up a recipe for Swiss Chard.
But that’s ok! The important thing is that for every summer squash that turns into moldy puddle in your crisper because you are the only squash eater in your family and you didn’t know you could put them in muffins, you are supporting a local farmer who is probably much more conscientious than you about freezing squash.
Your okra got slimey because you were too busy playing Candy Crush to freeze it before you went on your trip? Who cares? Okra is slimy anyway! No one will notice in a gumbo! Just remember that a good gumbo roux takes several hours to make. You can use that fatback your friend gave you from that pastured pig that’s been sitting in your freezer for 6 months. Yep. That’s totally going to happen.
Carrot tops are great in soup and letting them dry out and turn brown just adds some character to the flavor. Same goes for those shriveled purple carrots that you originally wanted to shred and put in a salad. Use that chicken carcass that you shoved in the back of the fridge last week. It probably has one day left before it becomes a food poisoning conduit. Maybe scrape some of that sweet corn you left in the husks till the sugar all turned into starch. For roughage.
Your raw milk soured before you could drink it all because half your family prefers milk from confined cows? Easy peasy! Mix with whole wheat organic flour and local eggs to make some pancakes your kid will complain about because they prefer Bisquick! Or mix with organic leaf lard for truly old fashioned biscuits that your daughter can’t eat because she recently decided to become a vegetarian.
You don’t like beets? Remember your friend Christine makes an incredible citrus beet salad. You just have to go back in your Facebook feed and find it because you were too distracted by a Buzzfeed quiz to COPY AND PASTE.
Just remember, you might be a total failure at remembering to blanche and freeze your green beans before they develop brown spots, you might let those luscious yellow teardrop tomatoes molder in the ziploc bag on the counter, and your leaf lettuce might develop brown edges because you opened the fridge, closed it, opened the freezer and ate an ice cream drumstick instead. But the important thing is that for every vegetable you throw on the compost pile is a vegetable you bought from a LOCAL FARMER. You are putting money in their pockets instead of in the pocket of a big business. And that matters. Even if you have a compost pile for no discernable reason.