Historical February

It’s a Wonderful Life in Bailey Park…… Moving to this active adult community opens up possibilities.  We take care of unwanted tasks, get rid of all the needless worries, and surround you with resources and inspiration.  Bailey Park gives you peace of mind and more free time for the people and things you love most.  Bailey Park will give you the best of both worlds…country living in picturesque surroundings with access to larger communities of culture, shopping and fun.  Bailey Park 55 plus community is truly “A Wonderful Life”.

Bailey Park is 45 minutes from Wyoming Valley Mall & Lycoming Mall 

Berwick or Bloomsburg is only a 30-minute drive away.

There are multiple bus trips held in the area for Seniors that enjoy New York City, Philadelphia and Atlantic City.

For the Sportsperson:   Fishing abounds in our local creeks, Briar 

Creek Lake in Berwick & Lake Jean at Ricketts Glen State Park!

Benton has some of the best hunting around as we are surrounded by State Game Lands.  

Call us today for your personal tour of Bailey Park….It truly is “A Wonderful Life”

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Fun Facts about February

  • It is the shortest month of the year.
  • The Welsh call February “y mis bach” which means “little month”.
  • It is the third month of winter.
  • In the Southern Hemisphere February is a summer month the equivalent of August.
  • The month is named for the Latin word februum which means purification.
  • Together with January, it was the last of the months added to the Roman calendar.
  • The largest American sporting event of the year, the Super Bowl, is held in February.
  • The Saxon term for the month, Sol-monath, means “cake month”. This is because they offered cakes to the gods during this month.

Born on February 22…. George Washington (1732-1799) was born in Westmoreland County, Virginia. He served as commander of the Continental Army during the American Revolution and became the first U.S. President.

February 20, 1962 – Astronaut John Glenn became the first American launched into orbit. Traveling aboard the “Friendship 7” spacecraft, Glenn reached an altitude of 162 miles (260 kilometers) and completed three orbits in a flight lasting just under five hours. Glenn was the third American in space, preceded by Alan Shepard and Virgil “Gus” Grissom who had each completed short sub-orbital flights. All of them had been preceded by Russian cosmonaut Yuri Gagarin who was the first human in space, completing one orbit on April 12, 1961 – a feat that intensified the already ongoing Space Race between the Russians and Americans. Glenn’s successful flight showed the Americans had caught up and was followed in September 1962 by President John F. Kennedy’s open call to land an American on the moon before the decade’s end

February 1865 is the only month in recorded history not to have a full moon.

Happy Valentine’s Day

Valentine’s Day is celebrated on February 14. It is a festival of romantic love and many people give cards, letters, flowers or presents to their spouse or partner. They may also arrange a romantic meal in a restaurant or night in a hotel. Common symbols of Valentine’s Day are hearts, red roses and Cupid.

What Do People Do?

Many people celebrate their love for their partner by sending cards or letters, giving gifts or flowers and arranging meals in restaurants or romantic nights in hotels. People who would like to have a romantic relationship with somebody may use the occasion to make this known, often anonymously. Valentine’s cards are often decorated with images of hearts, red roses or Cupid. Common Valentine’s Day gifts are flowers chocolates, candy, lingerie and champagne or sparkling wine. However, some people use the occasion to present lavish gifts, such as jewelry. Many restaurants and hotels have special offers at this time. These can include romantic meals or weekend breaks.

Public Life

Valentine’s Day is not a public holiday. Government offices, stores, schools and other organizations are open as usual. Public transit systems run on their regular schedule. Restaurants may be busier than usual as many people go out for an evening with their spouse or partner. Valentine’s Day is also a very popular date for weddings.


There are a number of Saints called Valentine who are honored on February 14. The day became associated with romantic love in the Middle Ages in England. This may have followed on from the Pagan fertility festivals that were held all over Europe as the winter came to an end. Traditionally, lovers exchanged hand-written notes. Commercial cards became available in the mid nineteenth century.


The most common Valentine’s Day symbols are the heart, particularly in reds and pinks, and pictures or models of Cupid. Cupid is usually portrayed as a small winged figure with a bow and arrow. In mythology, he uses his arrow to strike the hearts of people. People who have fallen in love are sometimes said to be ‘struck by Cupid’s arrow. Other symbols of Valentine’s Day are couples in loving embraces and the gifts of flowers, chocolate, red roses and lingerie that couples often give each other.


THE PROBLEM:  Elizabeth Spiegler, 68, a retired office manager in New York City, wrote in to ask who could handle her financial affairs if someday she can’t.  Unmarried, she has no children and isn’t that close to her extended family. Her brother has her power of attorney for finances, but she’d like further backup.  She doesn’t think she can ask her friends, and her financial adviser doesn’t want the job. 

Spiegler is what’s called a solo ager:  an older person without a partner or surviving children.  A recent SeniorCare.com study found that 78 percent of solo agers had no one to help with the bills or finances.  “ I think I may be fine,” says Spiegler, who now manages her own money. “But what if I’m not?”

THE ADVICE:  For answers, I turned to attorneys and financial experts who work with older people and their families.  Each discussed the risk of elder financial abuse and how enlisting the wrong helper—maybe even a relative—can lead to disaster.  Here are the experts’ best solutions.  

1. A trust with successor trustees:   Spiegler would set up a living (or revocable) trust and put all the assets she could into it now.  She’d be her own trustee, naming her brother and a financial institution as successor trustees, to take over if necessary.  Eventually, the institution would handle her bills and investments. “The benefits of an institutional trustee are professionalism, experience and guidance,” says New York City estate planning attorney Martin Shenkman.  “There are tons of checks and balances to protect you. That’s vital for anyone who is vulnerable and isolated.”

     This safe solution can be pricey. Traditional trust companies sometimes serve only clients with several million dollars.  But mainstream financial institutions such as Fidelity, Schwab and Vanguard also do this work. Their annual charges start at $4,500 (on top of usual investment costs, like fund fees).  Even these less expensive alternatives, though, cost more than Spiegler—who has a pension and a retirement account in the low six figures—feels she can pay.  

2. Bill Payers and watchdogs:  What Spiegler needs is a team, says Carolyn McClanahan, a Jacksonville, Florida, financial adviser specializing in life-planning issues.  “You need people doing the work. But you also need people watching the people doing the work,” she adds. McClanahan suggests hiring a bill-paying service for day-to-day money management, then having an accountant or attorney lined up to make the bigger financial decisions.  

     You don’t want that bill payer to be just anyone, however, cautions Jennifer VanderVeen, National Association of Elder Law Attorneys president.  “You want to make sure they’re bonded or insured and that you check out their background,” she says. You can find a service through the American Association of Daily Money Manager (aadmm.com).  Another bill-paying option is SilverBills, a company that reviews bills and authorizes payments for a flat monthly fee beginning at $99.


THE OUTCOME:  In the end, Spiegler decided to do nothing—yet.   “This information is very valuable,” she says. But she admits she has a psychological block to getting started: “Right now I like being independent and taking care of my own business.”


(by Jean Chatsky for AARP Magazine, December 2019/January 2020)

These are all mere teases . . . days in which we must be content with hints and glimpses. Winter has not done with us yet, but the heart has caught a glimpse of the far-away sound on the wind and hope can no longer be denied. Spring will come . . . surely.


23 Inexpensive Ways to Help Your Neighbor


  1. Pray for eyes to see and willingness to do.
  2. Give food to a local food bank or homeless shelter.
  3. Volunteer at a food bank or homeless shelter.
  4. Share a meal.
  5. Visit a nursing home.
  6. Visit someone a shut in.
  7. Give away clothes that don’t fit or that you seldom wear.
  8. Donate personal care items to a homeless shelter.
  9. Give diapers and formula to crisis nursery or women’s shelter.
  10. Offer to tutor children.
  11. Mentor someone looking for a job in your field.
  12. Volunteer at a hospital or nursing home.
  13. Be a coupon fairy.
  14. Babysit for a struggling family.
  15. Volunteer at a community garden.
  16. Participate in charity walk/run.
  17. Speak up for others.
  18. Donate unused toys.
  19. Listen with compassion.
  20. Donate blood.
  21. Accept help when offered.
  22. Show respect, compassion, and kindness to everyone . . . everywhere.
  23. Pray for and with those in need.

10 Best Things About Growing Old

Best Things About Growing Old

Here’s a list of 10 great aspects of aging — from the financial perks that come with turning 65, to the personal insights that come with decades of experience:

1. A Happier Outlook

It may surprise some, but studies show that seniors are among the happiest groups of people, and that they are significantly more happy than their middle-aged counterparts.

The author of a study on the subject, Dr. Saverio Stranges, says, “This could be due to better coping abilities. Older people tend to have internal mechanisms to deal better with hardship or negative circumstances than those who are younger.” Another reason seniors may also be happier is because age means that they are “more comfortable being themselves.”

2. Grandchildren

American writer Gore Vidal once joked, “Never have children, only grandchildren.” Grandparents often get to experience the joys of little children without the diaper changes and sleepless nights. Grandparents love their grandchildren, and this love lightens their own heart while simultaneously benefiting the grandchildren who receive this love.

Dr. Karl Pillemer. who studies aging and intergenerational relationships, is a firm believer in the importance of the relationship between children and their grandparents. He notes that, “Research shows children need four to six involved, caring adults in their lives to fully develop emotionally and socially” and that “the grandparent/grandchild relationship is second in emotional importance only to the parent/child relationship.”


3. More Time for Loved Ones

Retirement isn’t inherently joyful or relaxing — it’s how that time is used that makes it special.

One of the best parts of retirement is spending time with family, friends and other loved ones.


4. Opportunity to Pursue Your Dreams

Victorian novelist George Elliot wrote, “It’s never too late to be what you might have become.” The time gained during retirement is an excellent opportunity to pursue dreams and passions that you might have put on hold.

For instance, you can learn a new language, take that trip you’ve always dreamed of, or write the novel in your head that’s been waiting to get out.

5. Participation in Civics and Volunteering

Growing old provides a sense of broader perspective, and it often makes people inclined to focus much of their efforts and energy towards bettering society and creating a better world for future generations.

In addition to spending time with loved ones and pursuing passions and personal dreams, retired seniors have more time to be civically and politically involved, and they do just that.

For example, people over aged 65 vote at a higher rate than any other age group according to data from the U.S. Census Bureau. They also volunteer at a high rate. The Bureau of Labor and Statistics reported that one in four U.S. seniors 65+ actively volunteered during 2015.

6. Wisdom

Smithsonian Magazine article described a number of recent studies demonstrating the emotional and intellectual benefits of aging. One study described in the article showed that seniors have better control over their emotions than other age groups. Researchers had participants of all ages play a gambling game “designed to induce regret” and found “unlike 20-somethings, those in their 60s didn’t agonize over losing, and they were less likely to try to redeem their loss by later taking big risks.”

To read some great advice from America’s wisest, see our blog post, “Priceless Advice from Older Americans.”

7. Better Social Skills and More Empathy

Another study described in the aforementioned article asked participants to give advice to hypothetical authors of “Dear Abby” letters. The findings indicated that seniors have have superior empathetic and social abilities. The study said:

“Subjects in their 60s were better than younger ones at imagining different points of view, thinking of multiple resolutions and suggesting compromises.”


While seniors may have acquired better social skills than their younger peers, they can be vulnerable to isolation. 


8. Guaranteed Minimum Income, Medicare and Social Security

In an article about the history of aging, we discussed how, before the 20th century, seniors without the means to support themselves  were forced to move into what were referred to as “poorhouses” or “workhouses.” This was the lot of seniors who were not independently wealthy or who did not have family members who could take care of them.

While poverty is still a big problem among seniors, safety-net programs such as Medicare, Medicaid and Social Security mean that American seniors should have a guaranteed minimum income and health insurance even if they aren’t wealthy and don’t have children who can support them.

President Franklin Roosevelt in 1935 described the importance of Social Security and similar safety-net programs that he helped to enact, “We can never insure one-hundred percent of the population against one-hundred percent of the hazards and vicissitudes of life. But we have tried to frame a law which will give some measure of protection to the average citizen and to his family against the loss of a job and against poverty-ridden old age.”

9. Senior Discounts

As trivial as senior discounts may seem, there must have been a time you envied them. The discounts offered to seniors can help people save money in a period when income tends to be fixed and limited. These discounts also provide a great incentive for seniors to make the most of their retirement, for the discounts are often for the exact types of services that help seniors stay engaged and active, such as dining, medication, entertainment and transportation.

There are even websites like SeniorDiscounts.com which exist to help seniors locate businesses that offer senior discounts.

10. Sense of Accomplishment

Older people often have a healthy sense of pride that comes from their accomplishments. These accomplishments needn’t be great feats.

John Lennon’s lyric, “A working class hero is something to be,” puts it well. Seemingly ordinary achievements like raising a healthy and happy child, being happily married, serving in defense of the nation, or retiring from a job in good standing after years of dedicated service, can be the foundation of a pleasant contentment in old age.

(By Jeff Anderson for Senior Living Blog)

Grilled Cheese & Tomato Soup Bake

TOTAL TIME: Prep: 25 min. Bake: 25 min. + standing YIELD: 6 servings


  • 3 ounces reduced-fat cream cheese
  • 1-1/2 teaspoons dried basil, divided
  • 12 slices Italian, sourdough or rye bread (1/2 inch thick)
  • 6 slices part-skim mozzarella cheese
  • 6 tablespoons butter, softened
  • 1/2 cup tomato paste
  • 1 garlic clove, minced
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon pepper
  • 1-3/4 cups 2% milk
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1 cup shredded Italian cheese blend or part-skim mozzarella cheese


  • 1. Preheat oven to 350°. In a small bowl, mix cream cheese and 1 teaspoon basil until blended; spread onto 6 bread slices. Top with mozzarella cheese and remaining bread. Spread outsides of sandwiches with butter. Arrange in a greased 13×9-in. baking dish.
  • 2. In a small saucepan, combine tomato paste, garlic, salt, pepper and remaining basil; cook and stir over medium heat 1 minute. Gradually whisk in milk; bring to a boil. Reduce heat; simmer, uncovered, 4-5 minutes or until thickened, stirring frequently. Remove from heat.
  • 3. Whisk eggs in a large bowl; gradually whisk in a third of the milk mixture. Stir in remaining milk mixture; pour over sandwiches. Sprinkle with Italian cheese blend.
  • 4. Bake, uncovered, 25-30 minutes or until golden brown and cheese is melted. Let stand 10 minutes before serving.


You can save a load of money clipping coupons out of newspaper inserts, but you can save even more by adding digital coupons and other online shopping tools to the mix.  One sign of how popular they’ve become: In 2018, Americans “clipped” 8.4 billion digital coupons, according to the analytics firm Kantar. 

Here are five essential tools that will help you get the most value as you shop during the year.  Some are what are known as extensions (or plug-ins or add-ons) for the internet browser on your computer; others are apps for your smartphone or tablet.

If you’ve never tried, or heard of, browser extensions before, don’t worry.  They’re super easy to use! Simply go to the listed websites, click a few times to install the add-ons, and soon they’ll automatically start popping up when you shop online.  They’re all free, and I consider each to be best in class.

1. Honey (joinhoney.com)   Best for: online coupons and price alerts

This browser extension literally automates your savings.  When you check out at Amazon or any of 30,000 other websites, you just click on Apply Coupons in a pop-up box, and Honey will input coupon codes for you.   Honey can alert you when a product’s price drops and provide price histories on many items, perhaps helping you decide whether to buy now or hold out for later.  

2. Fakespot (fakespot.com)   Best for: choosing what and where to buy

This site’s browser extension is essential if you shop on Amazon, Walmart or any other e-retailer that offers products sold by third parties.  The problem that the plus-in solves in that fake reviews are rampant on many retail sites, as are counterfeit products, including cosmetics, electronics and other merchandise that could pose health or safety risks.  Fakespot flags both reviews and products it suspects to be bogus and gives letter grades to products’ reviews to help you avoid being duped by fake 4- and 5-star reviews. The app also gives you a summary of the most helpful reviews, saving you time and flagging  items that are most likely duds. 

3. PriceBlink (priceblink.com)  Best for: price comparisons

Here’s how it works:  When you land on a product page on a retail site like Target or Amazon, a yellow bar will pop up; click on Compare Prices and you’ll get a list of prices for that item at other stores.  According to Karl Quist, president of PriceBlink, the browser extension checks prices at 11,000 stores. There is no PriceBlink mobile app, so when I’m out shopping in stores, I use a different app, called ShopSavvy, to compare prices.  Or I’ll turn to the Amazon and eBay apps. (Tap the camera icon in each app’s search bar and point your phone at an item’s bar code to find competing prices.) Another option is to search for a product on google.com/shopping.

4. Rakuten (Rakuten.com)  Best for: cash back

Using Rakuten’s mobile app on your smart-phone or its browser extension on your computer, you’ll earn cash back when making qualifying online purchases at more than 3,500 merchants, including Macy’s, Walgreens and Best Buy.  Rakuten, formerly known as eBates, sends out a check in the mail quarterly, once you’ve racked up at least $5 in rewards. The reward you’ve earned may grow even bigger if you take it as a gift card instead. Deals also extend to services like Lyft, GrubHub and DoorDash.  Link your credit card to the smartphone app and you can also earn cash back on certain in-store purchases, plus 5 percent cash back on meals at more than 10,000 participating restaurants.

5. RetailMeNot  (retailmenot.com)  Best for: in-store coupons and sales

Add this service’s app plus Coupon Sherpa, (couponsherpa.com) to your phone before you head to the mall.  When you’re at Bed, Bath & Beyond or Michaels, or a wide selection of other stores and food chanins, you can check both of these apps for coupons and sales; they’ll supply you barcodes to be scanned at the register.  Similar to Rakuten, RetailMeNot also features cash-back offers for both in-store and online purchases.


(written by Lisa Lee Freeman, for AARP Bulletin, November 2019)



(Federal government to spend nearly $1 Billion to find non-opioid solutions)


The search for relief from chronic pain without the risk of potentially deadly opioid addiction will get a boost as the National Institutes of Health (NIH) spends nearly a billion dollars over this fiscal year to look for less addictive pain relievers. 

The funding, totaling $945 million, will go to 375 grants or programs that seek treatments for chronic pain or reducing opioid abuse, says NIH Director Francis S Collins, who calls it an “unprecedented” investment—the largest NIH has ever made in one year to tackle a single problem.  

Leigh Purvis, AARP’s director of health services research, welcomed the news.  “It will help ensure efforts to address the ongoing opioid crisis do not negatively affect patients with legitimate medical needs.”

Studies receiving funding are taking many different approaches, including Oakland’s Kaiser Foundation Research Institute, which is testing acupuncture for chronic lower back pain; Boston’s Brigham and Women’s Hospital, which is investigating the use of opioids in patients undergoing total joint replacement; and Philadelphia’s Drexel University, where researchers are studying how music therapy can relieve pain in cancer patients.

“Research funding is tremendously important right now,” says Ajay Wasan, M.D., of the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center, who is overseeing two funded studies.  “The field is already moving away from opioid use to manage chronic pain, but there’s still work to do.”


(as written in AARP Bulletin, November 2019)


The New Year is here, the holiday season is soon over and people are indulging in retrospection and reevaluating some of their life choices. New Year’s resolutions are the perfect opportunity for all those who have failed to start making the changes that they said they would make next week, next month, or perhaps when winter starts.

Well, now’s your chance to sit down and prepare a list of important lifestyle changes you want to make, and being the charitable and caring bunch that we are here at Bailey Park, we’ve decided to give you a bit of help – because since the majority of people fail to stick to their resolution, you’ll need all the help you can get.

What follows is a list of 10 common New Year’s resolutions with a piece of advice and plenty of links to useful articles that deal with the issue in greater detail. If you are looking for effective ways of changing your life for the better, then you’ll be sure to find tons of useful information here.

  1. Get in shape: Losing weight is the top resolution for Americans, and combined with “exercise more” and “stay fit and healthy” it is something that over a third of the population wishes to achieve. It’s easy enough to start an exercise and diet program, but the trick is to find a decent one that will give you steady results and will be easy to stick to in the long run.
  2. 2. Start eating healthier food, and less food overall: This is usually an extension of the previous resolution. Switching to a healthier diet can be incredibly tricky when we are surrounded by cheap junk food. However, with a good amount of determination and some basic tips you can slowly develop healthier eating habits. Learn to control emotional eating, be aware of reasons for diets to fail, make use of these tricks and have a look at these awesome and healthy recipes.
  3. 3. Stop procrastinating: The biggest barrier that keeps most people from reaching their goals is the desire to relax and do something fun instead of working hard. Once you get used to procrastinating it’s difficult to snap yourself out of it, so you’ll need to put in a lot of work to change this bad habit. There are many useful tips out there to find your way to stop procrastinating. There are also tools which can help you achieve this task.
  4. 4. Improve your concentration and mental skills: People have been trying to find ways to improve their focus and cognitive capacities for thousands of years, and most ancient civilizations had some combination of mental exercise and herbal medicine to help them reach this goal. Today we can use anything from apps to ancient meditation techniques to boost concentration and hone our mental skills. If you go through with this, you will be able to control your moodlearn faster and have an easier time solving problems.
  5. 5. Meet new people: When we get stuck in a rut, we usually end up staying at home most of the time, missing out on a lot of interesting opportunities for networking and having fun. Meeting new people can be beneficial to your mental well-being and help your career, so don’t be afraid to get out there and make some friends. Overcome your shyness, get some knowledge and go and get to know new and interesting people.
  6. 6. Become more active: Some people don’t really have a big weight problem, and they even get some exercise a few times a week, but they just sit around the most of the time at home and at work, which can have a negative effect on their posture and health. In that case, all you need is to find ways of moving around more throughout the day instead of staying hunched over the computer. It’s even more fun if you share your activity with friends and family.
  7. 7. Become more confident and take some chances: If you are confident other people notice it, and it is much easier to have your opinions heard, ask people out on dates and get ahead at work. A good dose of self-confidence will help you lead a much happier life overall. Don’t hesitate to get some input on ways to boost your confidence.
  8. 8. Earn more money: Even billionaires are always looking for ways to earn more money, and we common folk can definitely use an additional source of income to make life a bit more comfortable. Fortunately there are plenty of options available, like having sidejobs, working as a freelancer or using the internet to your advantage
  9. 9. Become more polite: Good manners have always been an important part of a civilized society. They make it easier to connect with others, avoid offending people and will ensure that others perceive you as a good and trustworthy person. So know the etiquette, be prepared or other manners in other countries, deal with rude people in the right way and learn how to say no.
  10. 10. Reduce stress: They say that stress is one of the biggest killers out there, and it can have a very destructive effect on your relationships as well as your health. It may be an unavoidable side effect of our hectic modern lifestyles, but it can be effectively managed with the help of usefulunconventional and easy to practice tricks for stress management.


(by Ivan Dimitrijevic for Lifehack.org)


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Of all the things we waste, food may be the number one area where you can make a serious impact.  Here’s how:



Up to 40 percent of food in the United States goes to waste, and about 40 percent of that waste happens at home, per the Natural Resources Defense Council.  “When food goes to waste, so do all the resources it takes to get that food on our plates, including land, energy, water, fertilizer, and labor,” says Elizabeth Balkan, NRDC’s food waste director.  Buy only the amount of food you need to make the meals you’re planning. If you can’t predict on Sunday what you’ll want on Thursday, that’s OK: Decide on menus for the first half of the week, then give yourself flexibility to do a leftovers night, get takeout, or go on a second round of (intentional) grocery shopping.  Try NRDC’s planning tool, Meal Prep Mate. And don’t forget to check your cabinets for items on your list you may already have.


“I tell my clients to shop naked,” says Abby K Cannon, a registered dietitian and sustainability expert (and lawyer!) who runs a private nutrition practice and writes the blog Abby’s Food Court.  That is, buy as few items that come “dressed” in plastic packaging as possible.  Buy lettuce in a bunch instead of cut and chopped in a bag; buy a head of broccoli instead of the plastic container of chopped florets.  Use bulk bins; you could even bring your own containers and ask the store to tare them for you before filling. 



“Chop up peppers and carrots, put them in a glass container, and then put them in the fridge,” suggests Cannon.  This makes cooking so much faster and easier and makes you more jazzed about eating healthy. Remember to clean your reusable totes and put them back in the car or by the door for next time.


Front load the week with recipes that use the quicker-to-spoil items in your fridge, like fish or delicate greens.  “The cabbage and cauliflower can wait a few more days,” says Balkan. If you have picky eaters on your hands, consider dining family-style instead of giving people portions they may not finish.  “Try putting a plate of vegetables in the middle of the table,” says Balkan. “The kids who like the veggie will grab it, and maybe they’ll influence the pickier eaters, but you won’t end up with food that’s been tainted and can’t be saved as leftovers.”


Compost anything you can’t save.  It’s the best outcome for unusable food scraps, says Balkan.  (Food put in the garbage disposal gets mixed with municipal wastewater and must be treated in an energy-intensive way.)  If your town doesn’t have curbside compost collection, research drop-off programs at farms, community gardens, or farmers’ markets.  Or consider composting in your backyard—done properly, it won’t generate odors or attract pests, and your garden will love the nutrient-rich results.