What happens to all those egg shells from eggs bought at the Greenmarket every week? As my roommate Alice explains it, composting them is the best way to keep organic matter out of the waste stream. She and a few others, including the Greenmarket manager, started a compost drop-off at the Ft. Greene Greenmarket over a year ago.
Throughout the week, store your food scraps in the freezer or a small bag and drop them at the compost bins every Saturday from 9am – 3pm. Volunteers will take them to one of three community gardens where it's turned into healthy soil and used by garden members. Acceptable waste includes veggies, fruit, coffee grounds, egg shells, tea bags and small amounts of bread; no meat or dairy. For more information visit Brooklyn Local.
Foodie At Large
Lives: Ft. Greene
Occupation: Editor at Cook+Fox, a green architecture firm
Buying: 1 dozen eggs
Other shopping bag items: pears and apples
Favorite cookbooks: Mollie Katzen's Moosewood Cookbook; Laurel Robertson's Laurel's Kitchen
• At Rexcroft Farm, Athens, NY: wreaths, $20; pointsettias, $4 and $8; dog bones, $2.50/bag; onions, winter squash, turnips and potatoes, $1/lb; eggs, $2/dozen.
The Fort Greene Greenmarket is located in Brooklyn in Fort Greene Park along Washington Park between DeKalb and Willoughby. (Click here for directions.) It runs on Saturdays from 8am - 5pm year round.