Archive for April, 2013

Before doing the research for this infographic, I knew that food waste was a major problem.  However, I was astounded by the facts because it is far worse than I thought.  Remember: Educating yourself isn’t about feeling guilty; it’s about finding opportunities to do better for the world and yourself.  Read on! Sources: The Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN (FAO) produced a great article, Global Food Losses and Food Waste.  Many of these stats, such as the global quantity of food wasted or loss, the regional consumer versus production statistics, and some of the consumer solutions for reducing wasted food were sourced from that article.   The EPA provides stats about food waste in the US.  This article includes information […]

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10 Tips to Lessen Your Impact This Earth Day

As we count down to Earth Day on April 22, it’s the perfect time to take a closer look at how your everyday actions are affecting the environment. Most likely you recycle bottles, cans, and newspapers, but there are many other easy ways to go even greener. Take one eco-action a day leading up to Earth Day, and you’ll see how simple it is to make a small change that makes a big difference. (Hint: You can go ahead and cross the first three tips off the list because you’re already buying local, organic produce from Door to Door Organics.) Need inspiration? We’ve put together a list of 10 easy ways to lessen your impact to help you out. Opt […]

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Have you heard those alarming statistics in the news lately that report that 40 percent of the  food in the U.S. goes to waste? A family of four throws out roughly 20 pounds of food every month, costing them about $2,000 a year, says the USDA. That, my friends, is a lot of beans, literally. So how can you have less of an effect on the Earth, keep from wasting, and get to using? You’ve already started cutting back on food waste by getting your fruits and veggies with us. We work with farms to pick the highest quality produce we can find and then only buy what you order each week, so we avoid over-ordering—a big cause of food waste at grocery […]

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My drive to Apple Tree Farm is reminiscent of the scene in “Road to Perdition” when Tom Hanks and his son flee Rock Island, Illinois, and cruise long, straight highways that plow through open fields of timelessness. There is nothing around, except the occasional small-town diner, to let you know that you are moving in the right direction. Even though Harrisburg is only an hour behind me, in many ways I feel like I am driving back in time. Welcome to Richfield, Pa.! About 10 years ago, Lamar Nussbaum decided that he was going to switch things up and hang up his old shoes for a pair of farming boots. Spending most of his adult life working as an electrician, Lamar […]

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Making Homemade Pasta Is Easier Than You Think

Fresh pasta noodles are a revelation — they truly are. Sure, it takes a little bit of time to make them, but believe me, the payoff is worth it. Actually, my Handmade Pasta Dough recipe takes less than an hour. Don’t be thinking you can use fresh noodles as you would boxed dried pasta, because they are very different. Their cook time is shorter and their starch level is lower, as there is more moisture in them. What that means to you is that sauces won’t stick as easily as they do to boxed pasta. I like a bowlful with some olive oil and cheese. But they hold up quite nicely to a Bolognese or Amatriciana, a bacon, onion, and tomato […]

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Purely Farms evolved out of a reluctant vegetarian’s search for an alternative to factory-farmed meats and a hunter’s quest for a self-sustaining lifestyle. Joanna and Marc Michini’s operation specializes in diverse and sustainable farming practices aimed to deliver high-quality foods that support community and the environment. Purely Farms stretches out over 117 acres of pasture, wooded forest, and preserved farmland in Pipersville, Pa., making them Door to Door’s neighbor. The Michinis are the first generation to farm this land without chemicals and pasture pigs, chickens, and turkeys. Marc and Joanna’s commitment to natural farming practices also means that their pork products are hormone- and antibiotic-free. Their hogs are fed grass, organic grains, and plenty of organic produce from—you guessed it—Door […]

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