22 - 2007

Weekly Wrap-Up: Whole Planet Picnic & buyer beware at the farmer’s market

GreenPa, the proprietor of Little Blog in the Big Woods, has suggested a “whole planet picnic” for the summer solstice, followed by “Earth lent,” when people can give up one thing for the health of the planet — for just one week. He got rained out on Thursday and rescheduled for Saturday. This means we’ve still got time. Anyone in? http://littlebloginthebigwoods.blogspot.com/2007/06/whole-planet-picnic-time.html

Crunchy Chicken, which hosted a Low Impact Week at the beginning of June, is hosting a Local Food Month Challenge in July, encouraging people to buy local. Get the guidelines here: http://crunchychicken.blogspot.com/search/label/local%20food%20month

On the other hand, you still have to be careful if you want to shop locally. We went to the farmer’s market last weekend. I loved our talk with a Fort Collins honey guy, but many of the stands at the market were selling produce from all over the country, just to have a wider variety. And the prices were at Whole Foods levels — the type of thing that merits the “Whole Paycheck” nickname.

Buyer beware, even (or especially, because it’s there you are unsuspecting) at a touchy-feely place like the farmer’s market.

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