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