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Defending my choices

Ever since my friend and coworker Greg got this crazy idea to buy hens so he could sell free range eggs to his coworkers, I’ve been shelling out $2 a dozen to buy “Greg’s Eggs.” When I’m eating an egg a day (usually on workday mornings), a dozen usually lasts me about a couple of weeks – give or take what I’m doing for baking. And given that the $2 is on par with what organic eggs are at my local grocery store, that I’m supporting a friend AND having eggs delivered to my desk, I think that this is a pretty fair deal. Even though “eggflation” recently hiked the price to $2.50/dozen.

The other day, another one of my coworkers asked me why I bought eggs from Greg and she had some pretty good questions – can I really tell the difference between Greg’s eggs and conventional eggs. Why would I spend $2.50, when eggs are .99 cents at Kwik Trip? And should she buy Greg’s eggs?

This was my answer to her: I like knowing the farmer where my food is coming from. And I’m really fond of Greg, so I want him to do well in this venture. Secondly – I can totally tell the difference between his eggs and what I buy in the grocery store – I am a yolk freak and the yellow of the Greg’s Eggs yolks is something phenomenal to witness. Does this make my cookies better? I’m not entirely sure, but it makes me pretty darn happy. And since my husband and I do not have kids at this point, I am OK spending extra money on free range eggs.

As to whether or not my coworker should spend $2.50 on eggs versus the cheaper grocery store version – I actually found myself telling my friend that she’d be wasting her money on Greg’s Eggs. She isn’t a yolk freak like I am and since that part is usually tossed out in the trash – I was pretty confident that the extra money wouldn’t be well spent in her case.

It’s kind of funny – I don’t fancy myself to be an expert on really anything, but I do welcome the chance to talk about the choices that I make in my life and hopefully give them enough anecdotes and information to help them make decisions. 🙂

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This is a random thing that’s been driving me nuts lately, but I was thinking that if anyone had a solution – it might be you guys. Does anyone use any reusable produce bags? I’m really trying to cut down on using plastic bags in my home (other than my crazy addiction to Ziploc bags) and am interested in finding something suitable for produce.

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2 thoughts on “Defending my choices

  1. My partner made some produce bags using a sort of mesh material, but it tears easily so it isn’t a very good solution. One thing I’ve done to cut down on plastic produce bags is to not use bags for fruit and veggies unless absolutely necessary.

    If it’s something where you’re going to get a bunch of very small things, like loose salad leaves, green beans or Brussels sprouts, then a bag is necessary. But if you’re getting 5 apples, for instance, or 3 green bell peppers, or even a bunch of cilantro or parsley that’s tied at the stems, you don’t need a plastic bag to take it home nor to store it in.

    Herbs do wilt faster in open air, so we put ours in a glass of water in the fridge and that does the trick. With scallions (spring onions), wrap them in a damp paper towel and then in a bit of cellophane. Still less waste than a produce bag, unless you’re getting several bunches of scallions, and keeps them even fresher than a plastic bag does.

    If this doesn’t seem workable for you, just don’t tie a tight knot in the produce bags you do use, or use a tie-twistie instead of knotting. If you can untie and then carefully remove your produce, the bag should be usable for a few more trips to the store. It’s not like they get dirty from carrying a couple of tomatoes.

  2. I think food buying these days is about way more than just buying food – it is politically, economically, and environmentally motivated. You should feel completely justified in your choice of supporting a local farmer and your friend, regardless of whether or not the eggs themselves are any better (I suppose you don’t want them to be worse!)

    One other thought specifically about eggs – whenever these salmonella scares or outbreaks happen with things like eggs, organic and free range farmers are quick to point out that salmonella and other things along those lines generally don’t happen in eggs that come from free range chickens. So that’s at least one “healthier” point in your favor too.

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