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A Sustainable Fourth of July

Fireworks_929_435Fourth of July is one of my favorite holidays!  One of my fondest memories is the Fourth of July when my parents finally let my brothers and I upgrade to real fireworks from the sparklers we were doomed to every year.  And besides fireworks, nothing screams “U-S-A” more than a good old fashioned cookout.

When it comes to cookouts, try and stay away from using Styrofoam plates and cups.  As we all know, Styrofoam is not that great for the environment.  If you want to use disposable plate, try and aim for paper plates or plastic plates that can be recycled.  If you’re using aluminum cans, or plastic bottles, those can also be recycled.  If your cookout has drinks like lemonade or sweet tea, try suggesting that your guests BYOC (Bring Your Own Cup).  This is a great idea because people will be held more accountable for their cups than a plastic or Styrofoam cup.  America is a beautiful country (i.e.: spacious skies, amber waves of grain, purple mountain majesties, etc.) and we should help keep it that way by recycling!

If you’re looking for a sweet, patriotic treat I have the perfect thing for you!  Try checking out this awesome Red, White, and Blue Strawberry Shortcake.  This cake uses blueberries and strawberries to form an American flag. How perfect for the Fourth of July!  For those of you who are nervous about baking, this recipe is super easy.  For the freshest strawberries and blueberries, check out UT Gardens Famers Market on Wednesday from 4-7pm.  You can also find fresh, local produce at Three Rivers Co-op.

For those of you looking for something to do in Knoxville on the Fourth of July, check out Festival on the 4th in World’s Fair Park.  Hope everyone has a fun and safe holiday!

-Kate Barnes

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