gelatin free giveaway!

14 04 2010

here we go. myblogspark sweetly (and quickly) set me up with a secondary non-gelatin laden giveaway after the great bathrobe meltdown of 2010. kind thanks to them for providing me with something i feel good about pimping.  i present to you: free stuff from jolly green giant. apparently, they’ve been gearing up for a promotion with the nature conservancy and have been tooting their own green horn (heh) about the progress they’ve made toward more sustainable farming over the course of their century-long existence.

here is what they had to say about what they’ve been doing to make a difference:

  • reducing the amount of land and water needed to grow vegetables.
  • packing vegetables in smaller, lighter cans, so it takes less fuel to deliver them to supermarket shelves.
  • utilizing traditional seed breeding methods over the last 35 years to double the amount of sweet corn grown on an acre of land.
  • teaming up with growers to install a more efficient irrigation system that can reduce water use by more than a million gallons a year.
  • switching to more earth-friendly paperboard to package frozen vegetables, saving approximately 54,000 trees annually in the process.
  • well, i wasn’t really sure what to make about all those high and mighty claims. so, i decided to consult my friend michelle, who is one of the most environmentally conscious and sustainability minded people i know. here is what she had to say:

    “I definitely get suspicious whenever big companies like this make environmental claims, but I also don’t want to criticize them for trying. Most of the steps they are taking are self-serving… getting more production/acre, increased water efficiency, etc. But I trust the Nature Conservancy’s judgment in who they choose to team up with. I don’t have a problem with genetically modified crops- they decrease the need for land, water and fertilizer so it’s a trade off.”

    and the survey says… PASSABLE! i’m totally with michelle on this one. not everyone (especially big companies)  is ready, willing, or able to make big environmentally impactful changes. even if they’re only doing it because it’s fashionable to be green right now, changes are changes no matter how small. also, the nature conservancy is a kick ass cause, so it’s nice to know that they’ll be getting 200 Gs out of the deal.

    but regardless of your feelings about sustainable farming, how about some free stuff? looks like there’s a reusable shopping bag (a little imagination green giant please!), a tiny grow-your-own herb garden, some bamboo utensils, and a coupon for free veggies. all expressed mailed to your house in a perfect brown box that will make you squee and feel important.

    i’m feeling uncreative today, so i think in order to enter, i would like you to leave a comment about what you plan to do with your free vegetables (or other swag, whatever does it for you). for example: “i’m thinking about making a green bean casserole, but in reality i will probably just let them migrate to the back of my freezer until a time of dinner desperation.”

    step #1: leave stupid comment about vegetables. (the quality of your comment will not affect your chances of winning).

    step #2: wait until contest ends on april 30th.

    step #3: at said contest end, i will then pick an entry at random to be the winner (i hear random.org is good, but a hat might be easier to operate).

    step #4: wait for me to announce the winner within 24 hours of the end of the contest.

    step #5: be excited about winning or depressed about losing.

    oh, and p.s. jolly green giant via myblogspark gave me the same free stuff that you might be getting, just in case you were concerned about my opinion being colored by swag. as you can see, it’s not. i can also say that there is a significant likelihood that they will not ask me to do another sponsored giveaway after this…


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    31 responses

    14 04 2010
    Jessica

    I am going crazy trying to find different ways create veggies dishes for my 2yr old. This looks fun!

    15 04 2010
    bessmarvin

    that’s a tough one! anything that seems to be working well?

    14 04 2010
    Kelly

    Hmmm…the veggies will go into a soup of some sort, and bamboo utensils…woo hoo! I’d give my ratty old wooden spoons to the little guy to bang on my pots and pans with!

    15 04 2010
    bessmarvin

    you know he’s gonna prefer the tone of the bamboo, and you’re still going to be stuck with the crappy old spoons!

    14 04 2010
    Wendy

    I think I would most likely eat the veggies in front of my roommate who despises vegetables and I would comment often how tasty they are. His idea of a good meal is a pound of hamburger with taco shells and ketchup. Its weird I don’t think I own any bamboo utensils so that would be cool to win one 🙂

    15 04 2010
    bessmarvin

    your roommate is disgusting. hamburger & taco shells? just thinking about it gives me chest pains.

    15 04 2010
    Carole

    The utensils would be great in my new kitchen. And the veggies – I’d continue my wrath as “The Meanest Mom in the World” and force them on my children.

    15 04 2010
    bessmarvin

    good to know that kids still have vegetables. so much is changing in the world, it’s nice to see some constants.

    15 04 2010
    Teresa

    I’ll probably put them in the freezer in hopes that hubby will cook these on “his” night to cook instead of french fries.

    15 04 2010
    bessmarvin

    yeah. that’s not really gonna happen. french fries vs. veggies= no contest.

    15 04 2010
    David

    Frozen veggies? I’ll serve these with anything I can grill!

    15 04 2010
    Jen

    When my sister was little she used to gag when my parents would make her eat peas. To this day she refuses to eat them but her daughter loves them. I’m a veggie freak, there aren’t many I don’t like!

    15 04 2010
    bessmarvin

    my parents were hippies, and i have a profound love of vegetables as an adult because of them. although once when i was a little kid, my babysitter shoved a pea up my nose because i wouldn’t finish my veggies. trauma!

    15 04 2010
    not your friend Kristina, but totally someone else

    I like vegetals. Except green beans. They stink. And don’t even get me started on cucumbers, nature’s big green wienies.

    15 04 2010
    bessmarvin

    you and your demented bean hatred. i’m outraged.

    15 04 2010
    Mallory

    I would probably throw them into a delicious casserole..or serve them as a plain old side in a fit of desperation.

    PS – is the bag just plain black? Kind of lame, Green Giant… 🙂

    15 04 2010
    bessmarvin

    i know right? although i actually think that it’s dark green and not black. i haven’t actually unfolded mine to find out if there’s a big green giant on it or anything. i’ll check tonight and get back to you!

    15 04 2010
    Elaine

    Woohoo! Free veggies and another free reusable bag- I like! My children will get a kick out of the bamboo tongs, and hey, I need some new salad tongs so this will be great!
    Thnaks for the giveaway- looking forward to more!

    Elaine

    15 04 2010
    bessmarvin

    hopefully myblogspark will not blacklist me from future giveaways for being unconventional! although even if they do, i’ll still host my own (but free is definitely nice!).

    15 04 2010
    The Dealer

    This makes me think of Vanessa Farquharson’s book “Sleeping Naked is Green.” I’d be more interested in these veggie-related freebies than a “pair of organic cotton underwear, size medium.”

    15 04 2010
    bessmarvin

    there was not a giveaway for organic cotton underpants!? i’m curious about your website- are you portland, OR or portland, ME? also, why isn’t your link working!!

    15 04 2010
    chris

    that bamboo spoon would be used to spank the husband when he doesn’t bring me my green giant vegetables fast enough

    17 04 2010
    Erica

    I will cook the veggies, put them on my 3 year old son’s plate, watch him not eat them and then dump his plate into the trash.

    17 04 2010
    bessmarvin

    i have a feeling you won’t be the only one doing that! so those deceptively delicious tricks about hiding vegetables in more toddler-attractive foods are bullshit? i wondered about that…

    21 04 2010
    Joanne Beaulieu

    I could use the salad tongs. I can always use free veggies

    29 04 2010
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    30 04 2010
    kitkat

    window sill herb garden! *love* – would be the perfect place for a squishy stress-ball cow to frolic near in the apt… the generic bag is the perfect thing to hold my rapidly growing collection of pretty bags. who couldn’t use more bamboo utensils, and as long as the veggies aren’t nuke-a-wave only, we’re in business! 🙂

    1 05 2010
    bessmarvin

    awwww. flankie needs some greenery!

    30 04 2010
    Elsa

    We eat a lot of vegetables, but very few commercially frozen vegetables, so what I would do with them is hard to predict — though I’d certainly find a use for ’em! I love to play Kitchen Roulette, where I have to make dinner from whatever mystery ingredient pops up in the crisper or the on the shelf, so this would be fun.

    1 05 2010
    bessmarvin

    it’s like dinnertime iron chef! i’m not a big frozen veg person either, but when i can get them for free or for dirt cheap, i like to have a few bags in the freezer for emergencies. i like frozen spinach for veggie lasagna, and chopped broccoli for baked potatoes.

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