I love my local veggie market. Not only do they tell you where everything is grown (do you know how much produce in Canada is grown in California???) but they offer boxes of #2 apples and “juice or horse” carrots for super cheap. What are #2 apples you ask? Well I do not know the exact definition but they are less than perfect. They may have a wee bit of bruising but nothing that cannot be easily removed. They might have a puncture mark from handling. Overall they are great, just not perfect. The price ended up being about 20 cents a pound rather than 99 cents (which was the cheapest price on apples that day.) The same deal with juice or horse carrots except instead of being the dainty carrots you find on the shelf of the market they are big making them perfect for juicing or horses all at a super discount! They also bag up fruits and veggies that are going to expire and sell them off at reduced prices. I got a bag of four red and four green peppers that were not as plump as you usually find on supermarket’s shelf but they were only $1.99 for the whole bag! (That is a pretty good deal for this time of year). A lot of times I find less than plump mushrooms and bananas with a few brown spots on the discount table as well as many other items. I love the fact instead of going in the trash they get a second chance to be sold off for cheap.
It is not just produce markets that do this. I buy specialty gluten free, vegan, organic bread items straight from the bakery outlet store for a huge discount by buying bread seconds. Today I am getting hamburger buns for $1.50 a pack. I buy a whole whack of them and freeze them right away. To give you an idea of savings, one of their loaves of bread sells for over $5 at the local grocery store but if I buy it as seconds from the outlet store it sells for literally half the price. What is the difference? Maybe the size is not perfect or the crust is too light or too dark. Can I tell the difference? NOPE. It tastes amazing to me and is way easier on my pocket book.
I am grateful that these establishments give consumers an opportunity to divert food from dumpsters. Many places throw out perfectly good food and this has to stop.
How can you help stop food from being thrown out?
Talk to people. Ask stores what they do with their older products that do not get bought up in time. Even at farm markets you can ask what they do with any produce that is left at the end of the day.
Buy products that are imperfect of past their prime when offered at a discount. I mean a deal is a deal and you are keeping this food out of landfills!