Zero Waste Groceries October

It’s a slow, sunny Sunday at my house. I was born in autumn and an autumn baby I shall always be. The lighting is golden, the leaves are golden, and the end of a growing season marks another year lived fully. 

We took time today to clear our sunflower forest and I planted garlic. More on those later.

I want to showcase a quick grocery shopping trip that involves unconventional grocery stores.

Perhaps I’ve mentioned we have two hens. They are both beautiful and in good health, but have stopped laying eggs. They were molting, but they are getting older so I’m not sure if they are done laying for good or not. Either way, we love them. We will look into getting more next spring.

So I bought eggs. A store near me does sell eggs in bulk (from any broken / missing cartons) but they were out when I went there recently. I went to a local fruit stand that sells tons of local fruits and vegetables and also has dairy in returnable glass bottles. I buy half and half for my coffee. I haven’t found an acceptable dairy free replacement for use in coffee. I absolutely do not like sugary coffee, and there seems to always be added sweetener in vegan creamers. Also, the packaging is too much for me to deal with.

Pear sauce is next on my cooking + freezing list so I was in search of pears also. I got a mix of d’anjou and bosc since I don’t have a preference. A buttercup squash caught my eye and cost less than anything I know of. 

A quick drive down the road from the fruit stand is Fujishin winery where I refilled my red wine.

That’s all for today! Obviously the egg carton is a package, but can be reused, returned, or recycled.

Cheers to good, local food!

Peace and love,


Zero Waste Wine

I am fortunate to live in a region that makes delicious wine. I have a friend who works at a local winery, and she told me about wine growlers. Fujishin Winery is the place I go to refill my “wine flagon;” their jargon for their glass jug. I’ve been getting the same kind for about eight months now and decided I would look for another option, simply because I’m a lady who likes choices.

Luckily I found something without trying too hard! I am currently enjoying the Proletariat Malbec while writing this post.

The Boise Co-op Wine Shop was carrying four different Proletariat wines when I inquired about wine on tap.
The hardest part was remembering my own bottle, which isn’t so difficult as I’ve been shopping zero waste for nearly a year at this point.

My flagon is less expensive by far. The overall cost is less than $15 and is 0.95 liter. While the Proletariat was just under $20 for the typical wine bottle size of 0.75 liter. I considered it more of a treat or splurge and am not disappointed with my vote. I am happy to support bring your own container wherever it may emerge.

Peace and love,