Bigger than a food choice…
We consciously practice many rituals in The Eddy in an effort to contribute to environmental sustainability and conservation of resources. While acknowledging the blatant buzz of the word, sustainability, we also have to recognize that overarching point of this buzz is indeed much like the Tortoise in his race against the Hare- this bigger-picture thought process can indeed gain us some value in the end.
Our care for all things and our impact on this community runs deep, and I’d like to share some of the “forgotten” things we do (I say forgotten because in many ways they have become such a habit that we forget how sustainably productive they are).
- - we purchase local products (and we are serious about this)
- - we can (as in canning) and preserve fresh bountiful produce to be used during times of the year when fresh and local is not available
- - we avidly recycle (simple, yes, but you’d be surprised how often it gets forgotten)
- - we have emphasized draft beer rather than bottle/can selections of beverages because draft beer has virtually no trash/recycling waste
- - our food scraps in the kitchen go to feed Isaiah’s chickens at Rocky Run Farm and Allyson’s pigs at Gnarly Rooster Farm
- - our table scraps feed Isaiah’s compost pile for Rocky Run Farm
- - our hot water is heated by solar panels on the roof
- - we have planted native edibles and herbs around The Eddy to use in our dishes and drinks
- - our draft lines are cooled by the air already circulating in the beer cooler
- - our windows are double paned for energy efficiency
- - staff volunteer efforts in crop-mobs, Haw River trail and clean-up efforts, and various community events
- - we allow local farmers and food mongrels to use our kitchen for learning, teaching, and value-adding- collaborating on and sharing resources
- - our paper products including to-go boxes and cutlery are natural and biodegradable
- - coming up in the next few years our toilets will be flushed with grey water (the buildings with the Sissipahaw Lofts and Haw River Ballroom, Haw River Farmhouse Ales, Left Bank Butchery, and The Eddy are already plumbed for it)
I say none of this to boast, but to simply share that the effort everyone has taken here at The Eddy sometimes does take more work or more planning, though if it means we reduce our waste, footprint, irreversible impacts, then we support and encourage those habits that are sustainable for us as a business, a contributing member of a community, and a promotion of well-being.
In the simplest of examples, here is the story of Isaiah’s collaborative vision within The Eddy and Rocky Run Farm using egg shells to feed his plants…
From Rocky Run Farm: We sell our pastured eggs to The Eddy for the brunch menu. After the eggs are cracked all shells are then saved and piled on a sheet pan. The pan is then thrown into the oven to dry so its not so gooey, and then processed to a fine crumble. The shells then return back to the farm where we store until needed. The shells are used as a soil amendment for a calcium source. We will also use a small handful around any tomato plant that show signs of bottom end rot, meaning the plant has a calcium deficiency.