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One Local Summer; Week 9

Oh, this is getting tougher than I thought…but delicious! Local brats with potatoes. (Some potatoes local, some not.) Salt and some olive oil (on the potatoes.) Best brats I ever had. Yes, I said it again (the “best I ever had” part.)


Green Litter

So we’re attempting to make the change, albeit slowly, from the cat litter we’ve used for years to Yesterday’s News. The last thing we want to do is upset any of our cats, because we will be the ones paying the price when they decide to make an impromptu facility for themselves elsewhere in the house. With one old cat and two adolescents, we have be very careful and slow with this transition. We mixed about 4 cups of the new litter in with the old, and every time I scoop I add a little more. Next litter change we’ll increase the ratio until the new stuff is all we’re using. Since this change isn’t 100% up to us, I’ll have to report back later as to whether we’re still using it. We won’t be pushing it…if they don’t like it, it’s out! So far, so good. I hope it stays that way.

Green Milk (!)

Another change I made this year was to sign up for Oberweis milk delivery. The facts that they don’t use hormones, get their milk from independent family farms, are local-ish (I’m not sure how far away all of the farms are, but the plant is very local to me), and that they re-use their milk bottles made it a pretty easy decision. Although I’m not much of a milk drinker, my family says it’s noticeably better than any other milk they’ve had before. We’ve seemed to have hit a pretty good amount with 2 1/2 gallons standing order as we’re big water drinkers, too, so have that with some meals instead, although now that the kids are home from school we may have to add 1/2 gallon or so. Sometimes we tack on some yogurt or ice cream to our standard milk order. I can personally attest to the fact that the ice cream is excellent. At the end of the week, our empty bottles are taken away and the cycle starts again.