Saturday, May 02, 2015

Pay Dirt

Our local farmers' market has a new feature this year - it's collecting any compost-worthy items (fruit and vegetable peels, eggshells, etc) to keep them from ending up in the landfill.  Happy to do our part, the girls and I purchased a little compost bin for the kitchen, the better to store our eggshells in.  Now, this particular bin is simply ADORABLE - seriously, it puts the cute into composting.  I told the saleswoman at The Container Store as much and she said, "Can I use that? I like it - the 'puts the cute into composting' thing."

I'm thinking I need an agent.

Anyhow, we also bought biodegradable little not-plastic bags (made out of potato starch, like latkes, I guess) to use in the bin, so we can take the compost out of the bin each day and store it in the freezer (just like the pioneers!) - that way the kitchen won't stink to high heaven by Friday.  Also, it won't attract bugs that way.

What did the pioneers do about the bugs, anyway?  You know, this is how I know there is no such thing as reincarnation - no way I could have lived in the 19th century, with no indoor plumbing and insects everywhere.

Hey! Is composting like reincarnation for leftovers?  Think about it.


  1. We were so green and smug with our composting [all the right things], and then discovered that rats (and probably skunks) are absolutely delighted to see anything from my kitchen. I still pound up the eggshells and spread coffee grounds, but nothing else. Not today, rats!

  2. That IS a cute composting container!

    Now, when I have leftover latkes, I am going to store compost inside them.

  3. There are never any leftover latkes at my house, but that is an adorable composting container. We keep an open little mixing bowl on the kitchen counter (not cute, but it is stainless steel) and make a boy empty it in the compost bin every day (the lid keeps the rodents away). If we had a cute compost container, it might never get emptied -- out of sight, out of mind...

  4. Reading Laura Ingalls Wilder books made me want to see the prairies in person, but I never wanted to be a pioneer myself. I like indoor plumbing.

  5. Reading Laura Ingalls Wilder books to my daughter is a whole different experience. What was adventure as a child becomes horrifying risk through the eyes of an adult. I like my indoor plumbing and vaccines, thankyouverymuch. And that is a very adorable bin.

  6. AnonymousMay 04, 2015

    Terrific little bin! MUCH cuter than my recycled ice cream container on my counter. What a cool program.