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The Noisy Rabbit Produce Pick-Up in Greenville, SC

Here’s a new great resource in the Greenville, SC, area: The Noisy Rabbit. My friend Rachel Siglin started getting her produce here a few weeks ago and has really been enjoying it. She and her husband and one of their neighbors split the basket each week, so it’s only half as expensive for each family. It’s not organic, but it’s still produce, and heaven knows we could all use more of that in our diets. Here’s what she has to say about her experience with The Noisy Rabbit:

“Pickup for Noisy Rabbit is once a week at one of their many Greenville locations.  Each member is supplied with a basket to bring each week.  Produce is fresh and they supply a good variety.  One of my favorite aspects is the more unusual items like rutabaga, avocado, various peppers, and pineapple.  Even with splitting my basket, I often have more produce than I can use in a week, but I don’t have to feel bad even if something does go bad since I’m only paying $7.50 a week plus the bi-yearly $15 registration fee.  Another benefit is that grocery trips have been minimized so I’m not seeing all those ‘extras’ at the store that seem to end up in my basket every shopping trip. BTW–the samples below are whole baskets before we split them.”

Gift Giving on a Budget

Christmas is rapidly approaching. I don’t know about you, but I can hardly believe it’s December already! This year we’re living (and giving) on a single income. So, we’re being creative and giving gift baskets. After all, Christmas isn’t about how much someone spends on you (or how much you spend on someone). We give gifts as a reminder of God’s greatest gift, His Son Jesus, to us on that first Christmas!

I came across this page on the Whole Foods Market website and can’t wait to try some of these ideas out! The majority are simple and contain budget-friendly ingredients, so you can customize each package. You could do themed gifts, like BBQ rubs and sauces for the guys on the list, home spa package for the ladies (see bath salts and oils recipes, or search for a homemade soap recipe), and “visions of sugarplums” package for the kids (check out the Mexican Hot Chocolate Buttons and Candied Cranberries recipes on the site).

Visit your local flea market, consignment shop, or Goodwill for baskets or containers to put your jars in (or just dig around in your closet or basement). Make sure to sanitize them, and maybe even line them with a pretty piece of fabric. If you sew the edges, the cloth can be used as a centerpiece napkin later on! Add a handmade piece of jewelry or a pretty ornament to brighten it up. And let your kids get involved, if you have them. Lots of these recipes are just mixing ingredients and require little to no heating elements.

The possibilities are endless. Start planning now (if you haven’t already). Many of these recipes can be made weeks ahead, so you can relax and work at your own pace without having to feel the holiday hustle and bustle.

Here are some ideas to get you started:

  • Candied Lemon Peels, Orange Peels, or Cranberries
  • Infused Oils and Infused Vinegars
  • Seasoned Salts and Sugars
  • Chocolate-Dipped Figs or other fruits
  • Biscotti, Cookies, and other Baked Goods
  • Pancake Mixes or  Cookie Mixes
  • Barbeque Sauces and Rubs
  • Jellies, Jams, and Marmalades
  • Homemade Hot Chocolate Mix
  • Marinated Olives
  • Mulling Spice Sachets

For more ideas, search the “Gift” Category on the Whole Foods Market website or check out this page on the Country Living website (picture above from Country Living site).

Happy Giving! And Merry Christmas!

~Melissa