Wednesday, November 28, 2012

Free feed, restaurant produce

Do you have any idea how much food a restaurant throws away every day? Let me rephrase that.....do you have any idea how much "good" food a restaurant throws away every day? How about half a garbage bag full of salad? That's right. 

Health code rules read something like this: (their phrasing is less easy to understand though lol) If food sits out for more then an hour it cannot be refrigerated again. I'm seriously paraphrasing there, but the idea is that when they fill those huge salad hoppers everything that isn't sold must be pitched at the end of the day. It can't be re-refrigerated overnight for the next day. That is a serious waste of good food! So, I opened my big mouth at a local restaurant and asked if my critters could have it. This is what I came home with:

feeding, chickens, cheaply

That is ONE day's salad waste. That is a 30 gallon garbage bag! Now of course, some days more salads sell and there is less left over. Other days there is more. There is not a darn thing wrong with it other then the fact that it was closing time at the restaurant.

This isn't limited to just restaurants. I know a goat farm that gets all the pre-made fruit and veggie trays that don't sell from their local grocery store. I know another person that picks up old produce from a grocery store every week. Point is, it doesn't hurt to ask. Make sure you mention 'animal feed' as there are regulations about giving this stuff out for people to eat!

It's winter here now and most of the greenery has died off. It makes me feel a whole lot better about the flocks diet when I can fill their bowls with fresh greens!

~L