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By Ellen Edwards, Chair, Bronxville Green Committee

Jun. 3, 2020: It's a frequently cited statistic—in the U.S. we waste 40% of the food we produce.  

Perhaps now that you're staying home and cooking more often, you've become aware of the food your own family wastes. And maybe you want to waste less to avoid another uncomfortable trip to the grocery store, and because you're aware of food scarcity in Westchester county. 

Food scarcity has been a chronic concern in our area, and now, with so many people out of work, food insecurity has skyrocketed. Yet it's estimated that an average family of four wastes $1,500 a year in unused food.

Bedford2020, a community organization devoted to informing residents on environmental issues and offering programs to encourage the switch to clean energy, has been running a series of terrific Zoom presentations on food, energy, and gardening.  

On May 11, Leslie Lampert, proprietor of Ladle of Love and the Scrappy Chef, and Martha Elder, Executive Director of Second Chance Foods, discussed the documentary "Just Eat It" and their work in food rescue.

Leslie Lampert offered advice for home cooks seeking tips on how to reduce their family's food waste. 

She suggests some general meal planning before heading to the grocery store, but beyond that, the key is to learn to use whatever you have on hand. Treat recipes as a foundation and improvise madly.

Don't be afraid of ugly, seemingly over-ripe fruits and vegetables: just wash and use them. Once they're cooked, they'll look fine, and they'll taste even better because the ripening process will have intensified their flavors.

Leslie and Martha suggested ways to store items so they last longer: 

-Wash lettuce when you get home and dry it thoroughly. Store it in bags with paper or linen towels to absorb any lingering moisture.

-Mushrooms store well in paper bags that absorb moisture. If you wash mushrooms instead of merely brushing them, wait until just before you're ready to use them.

-Never throw away old bread or buy commercially-prepared breadcrumbs. Instead, pulse dry bread for a few seconds in a food processor to make crumbs, then freeze them. You can also cut bread into small cubes, toss them with oil, and bake them in a hot oven to make long-lasting croutons. You can also use dry bread in savory or sweet bread puddings.

-When you buy hearts of celery or hearts of romaine, you're supporting a system in which half of those vegetables have been left in the farmer's field to rot. Instead, buy only whole celery bunches and heads of romaine. Save the less perfect bits to make stock.

-To make herbs last longer, put the stems in a vase of water in the refrigerator. (My tip: choose a vase with a sturdy base that won't tip over.)  

-Whatever you can't use in time, freeze--either raw or cooked. Take bananas out of their skins before freezing them. I cook over-ripe fruit with a tiny bit of sugar to make a topping for plain yogurt. 

Consider using food you never thought to use:

-When you've used all the pickles in a jar, rather than pouring the juice down the drain, add cucumber slices or spears to make your own light pickles.

-Use pickle or olive juice instead of vinegar to make a vinaigrette salad dressing.

-Save the ends of carrots, celery leaves, fennel fronds, and other bits and pieces of vegetables in a zip lock bag (in either the frig or freezer) and use them to make stock.  

Most of all, when it's time for dinner, rather than ask, "What am I in the mood for?" ask, "What do I have in the pantry?"

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The documentary "Just Eat It" suggests that a common mindset results in waste. Restaurants, banquet planners, and home hosts all tend to think that running out of food is the worst thing that can happen. Having "just enough" food is considered embarrassing.

So, we order far more than we need and end up tossing tons of leftovers. Can we begin to change this attitude? If we make wasting food a strong taboo, maybe "just enough" can become "the perfect amount." 

Food waste also occurs because of confusion over labeling. The "sell by" date is intended only for manufacturers and store managers. Ignore it. 

"Best used by" means that the food will retain its ultimate freshness until this date. It is perfectly good and safe to eat afterward. In fact, according to "Just Eat It," there are no federal regulations regarding sell-by dates for food. Only baby formula is governed by specific regulations.

The environmental impact of food waste is enormous, so reducing it is a gift to planet earth. 

Think of all the resources that go into growing that orange you just tossed or the overripe tomato you forgot was in the crisper. That includes soil that's often "enhanced" with environmentally-detrimental pesticides and fertilizers. It includes gallons of water, often in areas where water is scarce. It requires fossil fuel to operate the vehicles that plant, harvest, and transport the food, often over thousands of miles. And it involves the labor of countless people, from the farm-laborer to the grocery store clerk. Of course, producing meat and dairy requires exponentially greater resources than are needed to raise grains, fruits, and vegetables.

It's been estimated that four percent of all U.S. energy consumption is lost in tossed food. In the U.S., a huge percentage of wasted food goes into landfills, where it produces harmful greenhouse gas methane. In Westchester, wasted food from our homes, combined with regular trash, is incinerated at a plant in Peekskill.

Perhaps, like me, you've felt heartsick over recent news stories of fields of produce being plowed under and gallons of milk being dumped. Many state and local organizations are working hard to reconnect our broken supply chains and bring food to where it's needed.  

But well before this pandemic, our system was deeply flawed. Too much edible food is left in the field. Too much doesn't meet the standards of perfection set by an industry that's convinced consumers won't buy ugly fruits and vegetables.

Too much good food is tossed into dumpsters by grocery stores, and too much is lost in our homes. It's thrown away because it's past the "best used by" date, or because it's too much trouble to save left-overs, or simply because it's left on our plates.

In recent years, dedicated individuals and non-profits have tackled the huge challenge of reducing food waste by "rescuing" food from farms, grocery stores, restaurants, and other organizations and donating it to people who are food insecure. Volunteers "glean" fields of perfectly good produce for which there's no commercial market. 

In addition, community gardens like Bronxville's own Giving Garden, which donate food to local food banks, have sprouted up all over Westchester. And collecting food scraps for composting has become popular, whether it's at a drop-off site such as Tuckahoe runs or curbside pick-up available in Scarsdale. Residents are filling up more and more bins with food scraps during this time of home cooking.  

On March 9, just before the official shut-down, the Green Committee presented to the Bronxville Board of Trustees its proposal for a food scrap drop-off site. If you'd support such a program, please let our Village officials know.  

Resources For More Information On This Topic:

Village of Bronxville: villageofbronxville.com/; under the "Government" tab, you can click on each trustee's name to open a space to leave a comment.

Bedford2020: bedford2020.org/

You can watch "Just Eat It" through the Westchester public library system's streaming service, Kanopy: www.kanopy.com

Second Chance Foods, Inc.: secondchancefoods.org/

Ladle of Love: ladleoflove.com/


Photos courtesy The Green Committee


Editor's note: As a public service, MyhometownBronxville publishes articles from local institutions, officeholders, and individuals. MyhometownBronxville does not fact-check statements therein, and any opinions expressed do not necessarily reflect the thinking of its staff.

 

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By Madeline Oden, BXV for BXV Stronger Together Oct. 28, 2020:  Every week since early September, MHTB has been featuring articles about local businesses. These articles are written by...

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Apparel & Accessories - Children

Silver Spoon

Silver Spoon is a unique gift shop specializing in beautiful clothing and gifts for babies and young children, including adorable dresses and outfits for girls and boys, sweaters, bedding, baby gifts and accessories. They also carry gifts for adults including throws, cosmetic bags and other special items. Silver Spoon specializes in monogramming to create truly personalized items and gifts. They also offer a baby gift registry and complimentary gift wrap. 

81 Pondfield Road
Bronxville, New York 10708
914-771-7645
silverspoon81@verizon.net

https://www.facebook.com/search/top/?q=silver%20spoon%20bronxville

 

 

Apparel - Dance and Active Wear

 

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Centre Stage

"Shop Central for Dancers" -The Journal News

Featuring the finest in dance, gymnastics, ice skating, cheerleading, yoga apparel & women's active wear and specialty footwear for all the disciplines of dance. A complete selection including Mondor, So Danca, Danskin, Eurotard, Capezio, Baltogs, Sugar Lips, City Limits, Sansha, Body Wrappers, Gaynor Minden, and Grishko. Gillies & Hard Shoes for Irish Step. Pointe and Ballroom Shoes. Unusual costumes, unique Halloween outfits, porcelain dolls, music boxes, Arbonne cosmetics, books, jewelry & gifts.

1875 Palmer Avenue, Larchmont 834 4160

504 Fifth Avenue, Pelham 738 9600
centrestage@ballet-arts.net
http://www.ballet-arts.net/CentreStageStore/index.htm
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Apparel & Accessories - Women

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Toney Toni & The Gang

This wonderful boutique prides itself on personal service. Owners Kim Linn and her mother, Judith Meltzer, do all the buying together. They work closely with customers to put together great outfits that fit each customer's individual style. They offer apparel and accessories for casual every day wear as well as for special occasions. They carry a number of designers including Rebecca Taylor, Three Dots T-Shirts, Burning Torch, Cambio, Ulla Johnson, Weill, Birds of Paradis, Inouitoosh, Ela Ray, Rons Quintana, Miguel Ases, Brochu Walker, Majestic, Ecru and Chan Luu.

Bronxville Store
70 Pondfield Road
Bronxville, New York 10708
914-793-0737
Manager: Susan Corcoran

Katonah Store
131 Katonah Avenue
Katonah, New York
914-232-3283

Email:  toneytoni@gmail.com

Visit us on Facebook and Instagram

 

Beauty, Wellness & Spa

Bronxville Wellness Sanctuary

Bronxville Wellness Sanctuary has been serving the Bronxville community for 7 years.  We build on an ancient tradition of mind, body, and spirit focus that is essential to total health, life balance, and true peace. Our clients experience an increase in well-being by participating in individualized holistic services including massage, facials, energy healing services, meditation, yoga therapy, and workshops

Schedule your appointment online

Purchase a gift certificate online

Bronxville Wellness Sanctuary

14 Studio Arcade

Bronxville, NY 10708

914-337-9356

Info@bronxvillewellness.com

www.bronxvillewellness.com


Definition Beauty

At Definition Beauty, our spa offers a tranquil, relaxing environment where you can renew and energize your spirit. We offer several skincare services to be enjoyed by men and women in the Bronxville, NY area, including all of Westchester County. Our beauticians are committed to making every visit pleasurable and inspiring.

102 Pondfield Rd.
Bronxville, NY 10708
Phone: 646-852-5586
 

Maison Rouge

Owned by international makeup artist, Patricia Margro, a trip to Maison Rouge will leave you feeling more beautiful and relaxed. This specialty boutique pairs hard-to-find make up brands like Kevyn Auccion, Laura Mercier and Two-Faced with premium skincare brands like Darphin, Clarks Botanicals, Tracie Martyn, and MD skincare with the kind of service and personal applications only previously available for the red carpet. Professional makeovers and eyebrow grooming are available in-store or on location for private events.

27 Pondfield Rd
Bronxville, NY 10708-3703
(914) 779-8869
maisonrougeny@hotmail.com


Posh Beauty Boutique

POSH Beauty Boutique is a luxury spa offering the ultimate in body therapies and skincare.  The founder of POSH Beauty Boutique is Bronxville resident Diana Rainsford who is a master Reflexologist and Esthetician.

POSH offers customized facials, massage, waxing, spray tans, professional makeup applications and much more including customized, all-inclusive packages for your bachelorette party, special birthday, or for fun with your friends. Little Miss packages are also available for your little princess’s special occasions.

POSH uses Eminence Organic Skin Care for all their facials. Body treatments are performed in their luxuriously appointed Hydrotherapy room with Vichy shower.

POSH Beauty Boutique

118 Pondfield Road

Bronxville, NY 10708

914-361-1277

info@poshbronxville.com

www.poshbronxville.com


Zen Spa

Zen Spa has been in Bronxville for twenty years and is owned and operated by the mother and daughter team of Grace and Na Ko. It is located by the Metro North railroad station, and walk-ins are welcome.

They specialize in regular and gel manicures, pedicures, facials, massages, waxing and reflexology (foot massage). They use special organic products for their spa manicures and pedicures. They offer chair massage or a two hour pampering session which includes an hour room massage or deep cleanse facial, with manicure and pedicure. They also offer eyelash and eyebrow tinting and the newer concept of eyelash extensions

The atmosphere is relaxing. All of the staff have expertise in all aspects of the spa and most of them have been working there for over ten years.  

Private parties are popular, especially little girls birthday parties, and of course bridal showers and wedding parties. They sell gift certificates and packages designed by you. Finally, they offer a Membership where you can buy ten deep tissue massages and then get one free. They are open seven days: Mon. to Sat. 9:30am to 7:30pm and Sun. 9:30 am to 6:30pm.

25 Pondfield Road

Bronxville, NY 10708

914.771-5056

zenspabxv@gmail.com

www.instagram.com/zenspabx



Drug Stores

Value Drugs of Bronxville

Value Drugs of Bronxville has been a member of the Bronxville Community for over twenty years. They are a family center where you can find a large variety of items. They have over fifty departments including toys, clothing, home goods and everything else you need from your neighborhood drug store. They have a full-service pharmacy with free delivery. You can also find a large variety of seasonal goods for every time of year

80 Pondfield Rd
Bronxville, NY 10708-3801
(914) 337-2520


Value Plus

ValuePlus Pharmacy is a local business part of the Yonkers community, located on Tuckahoe Road next to Grassy Sprain Diner. Independently owned, the pharmacy thrives upon its ability to connect with its customers while providing a high level of customer satisfaction.  You'll also find a large selection of school supplies. 

485 Tuckahoe Road, Yonkers
(near Staples)
914.961-1185
valuepluspharmacy@gmail.com



Eye Care

Bronxville Vision Care

Bronxville Vision Care offers eye examinations and same-day service on most eyeglasses and contact lens services.  The center is open every day and accepts most vision plans, including VSP, Eye Med, Spectera, and Pomco.  John Dello Russo is the optician and Dr. Josephine Russo is the optometrist.  Dr. Russo, a graduate of SUNY Optometry, has been in practice since 1996.  Mr. Dello Russo, who has an MBA in finance and is an adjunct instructor at CUNY, has been an optician since 1976 and is designated a Master of Ophthalmic Optics by the American Board of Opticianry.

10 Park Place
Bronxville, NY
914-337-4440



 

Family Variety Stores

Value Drugs of Bronxville

Value Drugs of Bronxville has been a member of the Bronxville Community for over twenty years. They are a family center where you can find a large variety of items. They have over fifty departments including toys, clothing, home goods and everything else you need from your neighborhood drug store. They have a full-service pharmacy with free delivery. You can also find a large variety of seasonal goods for every time of year

80 Pondfield Rd
Bronxville, NY 10708-3801
(914) 337-2520


Value Plus

ValuePlus Pharmacy is a local business part of the Yonkers community, located on Tuckahoe Road next to Grassy Sprain Diner. Independently owned, the pharmacy thrives upon its ability to connect with its customers while providing a high level of customer satisfaction.  You'll also find a large selection of school supplies. 

485 Tuckahoe Road, Yonkers
(near Staples)
914.961-1185
valuepluspharmacy@gmail.com



Florists

Tryforos & Pernice Florist

The Tryforos family has roots in the floral industry since the late 1800's and is privileged to be serving Bronxville since 1963. Their distinctive arrangements and bouquets consist of top of the market flowers from Holland, New Zealand, South America, the Pacific Basin and the US. For the floral enthusiast, all of their arrangements are customized from classic to trendy themes with inventive designs. Lush, dense packed vase arrangements in clear, low square, round glass, terra cotta and leaf lined vases are always available. They have beautiful orchids; potted and cut, as well as green and flowering plants which vary by season. They are pleased to present your unique inspirations for gift giving. Their customer base: "Busy People". They deliver and send flowers worldwide.

M-F: 9am-6pm
Sat.: 9am-5pm

73 Pondfield Road
Bronxville, NY 10708
914.337.2525
www.tryforosflorist.com



Framing

Tuckahoe Framing Gallery

114 Main Street
Tuckahoe, NY 10707

914-222-9276



Furriers

Bronxville Furriers
Many women wear furs during the winter season because they are excellent for the retention of heat and fashionable. The cost of furs depends on the material used for manufacture as well as the overall design. Established in 1926, Bronxville Furriers specializes in the sale of fine furs as well as cleaning, remodeling and repairing furs. It also has an expertise in the proper storage of furs.

98 Kraft Avenue
Bronxville, New York 10708
914-337-3877



Gifts

Mano A Mano

We started our business in 1997 when we saw a void for unique tableware and home decor in the retail market. We searched high and low to find unique brands that set themselves apart from the rest. Our mix has been a proven winner bringing customers back on a weekly basis to see and purchase something not typically found in many independent stores. Our brand mix of tableware and home decor includes MacKenzie-Childs, Mariposa, Michael Aram, Julia Knight, Arte Italica, & L'Objet. We also offer a vast selection of Vera Bradley handbags, costume jewelry, home fragrances, rugs, lamps & imported chandeliers.

Our store is open Tuesday - Friday 10 -5:30 & Saturday 10 -5. We offer complimentary gift wrapping on purchases. We also offer nationwide shipping for anyone who needs a gift shipped (shipping fees apply).

81 Pondfield Rd.
Bronxville, NY 10708
(914)793-8329


Silver Spoon

Silver Spoon is a unique gift shop specializing in beautiful clothing and gifts for babies and young children, including adorable dresses and outfits for girls and boys, sweaters, bedding, baby gifts and accessories. They also carry gifts for adults including throws, cosmetic bags and other special items. Silver Spoon specializes in monogramming to create truly personalized items and gifts. They also offer a baby gift registry and complimentary gift wrap. Store hours are Monday-Saturday 10:00am til 5:30pm.

81 Pondfield Road
Bronxville, New York 10708
914-771-7645
silverspoon81@verizon.net



Hair & Nail

Continental 109

Continental 109 has a 50-year history of providing exceptional hair styling, color and essential services for beauty and well being. The salon is led by owner and stylists, Nick and Mark DeVincenzo.

Built on the tradition of superior customer service, their full service salon stays fresh and exciting through ongoing training and immersion in the best that the world of beauty and fashion has to offer.

Everything about us is leading-edge with a complete focus on our guests. This commitment, and our talented staff, are the reasons why you will come to enjoy the Continental 109 experience.

Centrally located in the elegant village of Bronxville, the salon is easy to reach by car or train. Discover us, and reveal a more beautiful, more vibrant you!

Continental 109

109 Pondfield Road

Bronxville, NY 10708

914.793.4198

914.793.4198

continental109@gmail.com

www.continental109.com


Fabio's Hair Studio

Fabio's Hair Studio has been serving the Bronxville community for the past 17 years. Fabio's is a full service hair salon for women, men, and children. They have an experienced team that specializes in haircuts, color and keratin treatments.

Their services for women and girls include cut & styling along with color, highlights and texture services. They are a great place for young women to go for a fun blow-out or hair style before a big event! Their services for men include cut & style, color for men, grey blending and hair and scalp treatments.

Let their salon professionals custom prescribe a deep conditioning treatment that is right for your hair.

Fabio's often shows its appreciation to the community by participating in local school events, and by offering fun promotions throughout the  year. Other services include private parties for children. They are open 7 days a week. Contact: 914-337-1482.

Fabio's Hair Studio

137 Parkway Road

Bronxville, NY 10708

914.337-1482

frontdesk@fabioshairstudios.com

www.fabioshairstudios.com


Panache Hair Salon

Panache Hair Salon specializes in the latest styles including the new lob haircut, updos for proms and weddings, and all the current men's cuts.

Panache also offers highlighting and coloring techniques, including balayage, a natural-looking painted effect.  We are a fully-trained Wella Salon and we are getting great results with a new Italian color line, Davines. 

Panache is dedicated to customer satisfaction, uses high quality products and offers competitive pricing.

Stop by for a free consultation and discover the best hair trends for 2018. Monthly specials are also posted on the website. The salon is open from 9:00am until 6:00pm Tuesday through Friday and 8:30am until 5:00pm on Saturday.

Panache Hair Salon

52 Pondfield Rd. W.

Bronxville, NY 10708

(914) 779-4758

panache@bronxvillehairsalon.com

www.bronxvillehairsalon.com





Icecream

Haagen-Dazs
Haagen-Dazs is quite simply delicious icecream made from the finest ingredients in the world. And don't forget about the toppings! Your children will especially love picking out just the right topping to adore their cone! Haagen also offers sorbet and frozen yogurt.

28 Park Place
Bronxville, NY 10708
914-793-7171
www.haagen-dazs.com



Jewelry and Appraisers

Bronxville Jewelers
Bronxville Jewelers specializes in 14 karat gold, platinum, diamonds and watch repairs. They have a GIA Certified Gemologist and jeweler who does all the jewelry repairs on the premises. They purchase gold and diamonds.

78 Kraft Avenue
Bronxville, New York 10708
914-337-2123

 


La Gravinese Jewelers of Bronxville
La Gravinese Jewelers was founded in 1917 and became one of the largest manufacturers in the jewelry industry. The company opened its first retail store in Pelham in 1964. Since then the company has grown to be one of Westchester County's leading jewelers. Rob     La Gravinese and his wonderful staff run the Bronxville location. The store offers a wide variety of jewelry, excellent personal service and watch and jewelry repair.

115 Pondfield Road
Bronxville, New York 10708
914-337-0923
www.lagrav.com

peru4u@aol.com

Locks and Locksmith
Gramatan Lock & Key

27 W Grand St
Mt Vernon, NY 10552
(914) 664-9001‎

Shipping Services
The UPS Store

The UPS Store is a great place to send a package, print documents, open a mailbox or purchase business supplies. You are assured great service and a personal touch.

81 Pondfield Rd
Bronxville, NY 10708-3817
914- 779-0140
http://www.theupsstorelocal.com/1363/

store1363@theupsstore.com

 

Stationery
Kensington Paper

Kensington Paper, which has recently moved to its new larger store at 117 Pondfield Road (where On Consignment used to be) is best known for its personal service and depth of knowledge in the stationery business. If you're having a wedding or any party, you are sure to find the right invitation here! It has a wide selection of stationery offerings (from Cranes to Vera Wang to Kate Spade) and will help you choose what's right for you. While you're in the store, you'll also likely find and purchase other unexpected necessities such as frames, jewelry, greeting cards or other fun gift items.

117 Pondfield Road
Bronxville, New York 10708
914-793-2619
www.kensingtonpaper.com

kensingtonpaper@verizon.net 

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