Last night, Ryan and I went to a screening of “No Impact Man” at the Ritz East. It is the story of Colin Beavan, his wife Michelle (who writes for Business Week) and their daughter Isabella. Colin decides to completely eliminate his personal impact on the environment for the next year. This means: eating vegetarian, buying only local food, and turning off the refrigerator. It also means no elevators, no television, no cars, busses, or airplanes, no toxic cleaning products, no electricity, no material consumption, and no garbage. And yes people, it means NO TOILET PAPER.
As the film began, I started to get nervous. Really nervous. As many of you know, I live with a Colin type. We have a compost (“worm farm”), we recycle, we buy local food, etc. (Note: These are all good things that I recommend we all do for the most part). But I know Ryan and I was a little concerned that he was going to start taking notes during the film. Wean wife off of shopping. Check. Cut wife’s caffeine habit. Check. Eliminate wife’s use of all cosmetics and toiletries. Check. And on and on.
Following the film, a local green organization hosted a discussion about the documentary and asked all of us – “Would you really change anything you are doing after seeing this film?” I thought two things – I would complain less about the worm farm and I would not just buy more local food, but actually buy and cook more in season.
So to get started I consulted SustainableTable.org to see what was in season for early September in Pennsylvania. My goal will be to cook in season as much as possible throughout the Fall. I’ll begin posting recipes and pics when I get started – in between shopping, drinking coffee and taking the elevator.
- Brussels Sprouts
- Lima Beans
- Snap Beans
- Summer squash
- Sweet Corn
- Winter Squash