Spring has sprung! The birds chirping, the warmth of the sun and the first blooms are all signs that the Easter holiday weekend is coming up. Whether you take this weekend to travel to your hometown, or host a dinner at your house, there are many ways you can incorporate sustainability into your weekend.
5 Ways to Have a Sustainable Easter
1. Natural Egg Dyeing
Skip the plastic eggs this year and make your own naturally dyed eggs! Don’t forget to choose local, pasture-raised eggs from your local market or retailer. Making your own coloured eggs is quite simple and a great way to use up your leftover food scraps or produce in the fridge. Some great options for vibrant colours are turmeric, red cabbage, onion peels, blueberries, coffee, beets and tea.
Just add them to a pot with water and simmer for 30 minutes. Add a dash of vinegar and let the eggs steep in the pot. Carefully remove the eggs and ta-da – naturally dyed eggs.
2. Choose local
Purchase sustainable, local meats for the weekend from your favourite local butcher, like Rowe Farms! By purchasing local, you are supporting your local economy and minimize your environmental footprint over the holidays.
3. Explore a local farm
Many local farms are hosting Easter festivities this weekend! Take the family and head out to your local farm for a day of fun activities. Use the trip to the farm as a teaching opportunity to show your kids where their food comes from!
What’s more local than produce grown right in your own house?! Whether you have a big backyard or a tiny urban herb garden, spending some time outside this weekend is a great way to enjoy the beautiful weather with your friends and family. Gardening is also a great way to get your kids involved and interested in where their food comes from. Bring them along with you to your local store to pick out their own seeds to grow. Don’t forget to add your leftover eggshells and coffee grounds in your soil to act as a natural fertilizer.
5. Get creative with your leftovers
Don’t throw away those leftovers from Easter brunch and dinner! We have some ways to help you put your leftover produce, meals and scraps to good use.
Leftover ham? Chop it up and crisp it up on a pan with some oil. The crispy ham is great in pasta or as a garnish for our Butternut Squash soup. Leftover turkey? Try it in a sandwich or in our turkey tomato stew recipe. You can also freeze your food scraps and then use them in a creative soup. Don’t forget about the chocolate! Melt your leftover Easter chocolate into a fondue dip for fruits.
How are you spending your Easter weekend? Do you have any tips for having a sustainable long weekend? We want to hear from you! Find us on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and Pinterest. You can also follow the conversation by following #eatlocal.