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Join us for a September Food Waste Challenge!

Food waste is a huge problem in our country, and for many reasons. If we want to get serious about both climate change and social justice, we need to rethink our food systems and our relationship to the food in our stores.  It has to come from all sides - and Acterra is sponsoring a challenge in September to draw awareness to what we as individuals can do. Wasted food accounts for approximately 8% of global greenhouse gas emissions, and it's estimated that 30-40% of food in the US goes to waste.  30-40%!! That is a shockingly high amount, especially as many in the...

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Byrd's wins 2022 Nextdoor Neighborhood Favorite!

Byrd's wins 2022 Nextdoor Neighborhood Favorite!

This afternoon, I got an email titled "Byrd's Filling Station is a winner!" and I immediately wondered why my Spam Filter had failed. When I opened it, though, I quickly realized it wasn't spam and it wasn't a joke... we had really been named a Nextdoor 2022 Neighborhood Favorite Grocery Store!  While Byrd's has existed for over 3 years, our physical location that serves groceries has only been open for about 3 months.  We are still working hard to figure out how to spread the word that we are here, so it was thrilling to know that the community who knows us thinks...

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Traveling during Plastic Free July - the good, the bad, and the ugly

It has been a long time since our last blog post, but it's because the "lazy" days of summer are upon us.  These longer, warmer days are great times to visit with friends and family and take time off to recharge the batteries. Our family is no exception.  The store has been a lot of work this spring (joyous work, but still work!) and we are glad to be traveling home from a vacation that took us to visit with extended family.   I'm originally from the South, and my grandmother is turning 90 this year, so our large extended family all converged this past...

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Feed a Crowd - Plastic Free!

This year, we're going to do an entire spread for the 4th of July, and we're not going to use plastic packaging.  (Well, I'm giving myself one exception for hamburger buns, but that's it. I just don't have the patience to make them myself today.)  You don't want to read a whole article about my college roommate's cousin's boyfriend and the random afternoon that we all shared, so I'll just cut straight to the recipes! Any the kicker - ALL OF THESE INGREDIENTS COME FROM BYRD'S FILLING STATION!  (except those pesky hamburger buns, of course, but we'll outsource those to some...

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It's almost Plastic Free July. Why should I care?

Plastic Free July

Ah, Plastic Free July.  That time when we go to picnics, beach outings, and lots of gatherings, and awkwardly notice how much stuff is packaged in plastic. But... what is it, why do we keep talking about it, and what does it mean to me? Plastic Free July is a movement that originated in Australia in 2011 and has since become a global phenomenon.  It's a way to bring awareness to the plastic pollution crisis, and bring ideas and resources to help individuals avoid single-use plastics.  They put together an annual challenge for the month of July to see how many single-use...

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