Every year we look forward to renewing our local CSA (Community Sustainable Agriculture) memberships. On Bainbridge Island, we enjoy our weekly produce from Butler Green Farms CSA program but we really look forward to our monthly delivery of fresh oysters through the Port Madison Community Shellfish Farms.
Have a wonderful 4th of July this year, but consider skipping the fireworks.
I know, this has always been a favorite part of the celebration for me as well. But then I learned about all the negative environmental and health impacts that fireworks have. Heavy metals, chemicals in the air and water, and not even mentioning how scared it makes pets and wildlife with all the explosions.
So as much as we have enjoyed fireworks in the past, we have decided to adopt a different ritual this year.. outdoor movies! Our neighbor sets up a big, blow-up outdoor screen and using an LCD projector, we watch movies in our backyard. It is totally fun without the impact.
Some other ideas?
Attend or create a laser show.
Go stargazing and count shooting stars.
Build a campfire.
Have a barbecue on the beach.
Watch fireworks previously recorded on You Tube!
Enjoy the holiday but maybe take a break from the boom! Boom! Pow! of the fireworks this year.
In the Pacific Northwest, Spring is starting to spring up everywhere. It is easy to get bitten early by the bug when you see daffodils pushing through the warming earth this early. But even for those in cooler climates, this is a good time to get ready for the growing season. Here is a tick list of things that we love to do in February.