Power Outage: What Would You Save From Your Fridge?

July 26th, 2010

As if the  blizzard,  earthquake, and 106 degree heat were not enough weather related wackiness for the DC area, we were struck with 80 mph winds yesterday which left 250,000 people (including yours truly) without power.

As luck would have it, I had just bought enough organic, natural and rGBH-free ice cream to last the summer. “Savings!” I told my husband. “I stocked up! And I’ll blog about it!”

Aldens Organic vs Breyers vs Ben & Jerrys photo

Then the power went out.

Our neighbors walked around picking up the branches and trees that littered our streets.



People gawked at the downed power lines and exploded asphalt.


And I went into party planning mode.

Less than an hour later, the ice cream was loaded up on the little red wagon.


The neighbor girls made a sign.

storm partyphoto

And our block partied down.


But what about the rest of the food?

I wasn’t optimistic that our power would be back on soon. After a bad storm last winter, some people were left without power for more than a week. Two thirds of my zipcode is without power!

We were headed to a lucky neighbor’s home – they still had power. And we had two large freezer chests to fill. Our fridge was overflowing.

Here’s what I took:

–       The Ayrshire Farm organic chicken I bought at My Organic Market. I’ve been to a chicken tasting at this farm, and the chickens live better lives than most people. It’s like the Versailles of chicken farms.

–       Organic milk.

–       Some wonderful provisions from our biodynamic CSA: home made butter, biodynamic eggs and biodynamic yogurt  from Seven Stars Farm;

–       Whole Foods rotisserie chicken;

–       Applegate Farms anti-biotic free turkey bologna;

–       Organic frozen veggies

What would you save from your fridge?

And the second part of the ice cream series? Coming soon, I promise! My schedule has been – interrupted! (As well as some great pix from the party, which you can find on my twitter stream @organicmania or my twitpic account!)

— Lynn

6 Responses to “Power Outage: What Would You Save From Your Fridge?”

  1. Frances Stewart on July 26, 2010 3:19 pm

    Thanks for putting together the Storm Party! It made a frustrating situation into a fun time with our neighbors.

  2. Anne-Marie Faiola on July 26, 2010 4:14 pm

    When life gives you lemons…Have an ice cream block party! What a fantastic and positive outcome of a tough situation!

  3. jp_offgrid on July 26, 2010 11:57 pm

    So sorry to see the power outage. The high school in my brother’s was torn completely down by a tornado.

    I live off grid with solar and wind generator so I never know when the power goes out unless I notice no lights 25 miles from me.

  4. Jane on July 27, 2010 6:51 am

    I think my fridge I would just leave alone. Most everything that we have in it is from our weekly organic bin and gets eaten-up pretty quickly. My huge block of parmesan and eggs would survive a power outage.

    The thing that gives me sleepless nights is the thought of losing all the meat in my downstairs freezer. We get our lamb, chicken, pork and beef from various, local farmers and I would lose a fortune in time and money if that all thawed. Not to mention my existing guilt over our meat consumption to begin with.

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  6. Beth Terry @ Fake Plastic Fish on July 29, 2010 4:13 pm

    My family’s power went out too. Lucky for me it happened the day after I left to come back to the West Coast. And remind me never to complain about how cold it is out here. After that hellish heat in Maryland, the cold Bay Area July weather felt like heaven.

    BTW, I’m getting weird error messages on your site about bad URLs. Any idea what could be causing that?
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