Ep. 15 - Save money and reduce produce waste

I loved interviewing Sara Custer, VP of Operations for Imperfect Produce, a produce delivery company that sources ugly produce straight from farms and delivers it to your door for 30-50% less than grocery store prices. Customers save money, eat healthier, support farmers, and fight food waste. The Imperfect community keeps over 100,000 pounds of produce from going to waste every week, and to date, has kept over 10 million pounds of produce from going to waste.

Listen to today's episode to learn how Imperfect produce reduces food waste, saves customers money, sees customers switch from take out to cooking in their own kitchens, and offers opportunities for farmers to increase their income. 20% of the produce grown today does not meet cosmetic standards required by grocery stores, and much of it ends up wasted. Also 40% of the food grown today is wasted - we have a lot of work to do to be sustainable!

What is Sara's top tip for eating healthfully and supporting your community and environment? Ask yourself: Do I really know what I'm eating? When you order takeout or buy packaged food, do you really know what ingredients are in it? You always do when you cook at home! Also, take a minute to think about actual prep time for meals. Often take out seems faster, but baking a chicken breast and having a salad is probably much faster. 

Find Imperfect Produce online to order your first box, and follow them on Facebook and Instagram. PLUS, use coupon code "PORTLANDEATS" at checkout and receive 50% off your first box!

Ep. 14 - How to eat local in the winter

Kelly Merrick, Communications Manager at Portland Farmers Market, shares lots of suggestions for how to eat locally in the winter. We also discuss:

  • How excited farmers at the market are to tell you about their farm, and how they love getting questions. Don't be afraid to ask!
  • Longer storage options for winter veggies... here are a few resources for minimizing food waste at home: The Eat Smart, Waste Less Challenge and Waste Free Kitchen
  • Cooking demos and classes at the summer markets that help folks learn new ways to make whatever is in season

What is Kelly's top tip for eating healthfully and supporting your community and environment? Get the next generation eating locally by taking your kids to the farmers market. The produce tastes better when it's fresh and in season, and if they eat more fruits and veggies, you probably will too!

Find dates and times for both winter and summer markets here, sign up for PFM's email newsletter here, and check out their cookbook for seasonal recipes all year long. You can also follow Portland Farmers Market on Instagram, Facebook, and Twitter.

Ep. 7 - Fresh, Flavorful Produce from New Seasons Market

New Seasons Market Produce Director, Jeff Fairchild, and I discuss how New Seasons Market prioritizes the freshest, tastiest produce. They have prioritized working with small, local farmers from the beginning, and get local produce on the shelf within a day or two of harvest. Jeff’s passion for bringing us the best possible produce shines through every word he speaks – enjoy the interview!

What does Jeff think is the ONE thing you can do to improve your eating or food purchasing habits to benefit their health, the environment, and our community? Buy local. When you buy local, you're buying what is in season and what is freshest, which will give you the best taste and nutrition. Also, you'll be supporting your local community.

Find the nearest New Seasons Market to you here and sign up for their newsletter for coupons and news about upcoming promotions. You can also find them on Facebook and Instagram.