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Choosing to commit to organic foods (in addition to the real foods we already mostly eat) is pricy. Especially now that I’ve been laid off and my severance pays out after this next paycheck. Ugh. By my calculations, our food budget will have to increase by 20-35% to accommodate organic staples (flour, sugar, eggs, cheese, juice). We’ve been buying organic produce as much as is practical for a while and our CSA share helps us keep our veggie intake up.

At the Hazon Conference, I really started to think about food justice too. A topic about which I knew NOTHING beyond Cézar Chávez and the grape/tomato picker strikes that I remember somewhere in the back of my mind but don’t really remember affecting me.

Anyway, today I’m making peach jam. Yum. And waiting for and babysitting the repair man. Our fridge is busted, thankfully the freezer part is still OK. We figure that the condiments are still eatable, as are the fruits, eggs, un-grated hard cheese, and veggies, but not the milk, yogurt or cheese. Ugh. At least we only had to toss maybe $20-30 worth of food, but that’s still $20-30 we don’t really have (again, I’m not working right now and Ben doesn’t make a whole ton of money).

Does anyone out there in the blog-o-sphere want to trade stuff for peach jam? Plum syrup? I can also offer canning lessons, challah making lessons, simple knitting lessons, and maybe help you with rearranging your home furniture or something? Trading my time for your stuff seems like a good deal for me since I have more time than money. Stuff… how about eggs? We could use some good eggs!

I’m totally babbling, bored and lonely. Ugh. Sorry, thanks for reading all the way to the end.

PS- at the conference I met some of the people behind the Real Food Challenge, they help students take back their school dining halls and encourage real, local, and organic food consumption from midsize local producers.

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