Pesach isn't just the holiday of freedom, celebrating the exodus of the Jews from Egypt, it's also the holiday of spring, symbolizing new life and the connection between our lives and our land.
The Jews may have wandered the desert for 40 years, but it will take you no more than an hour to walk to the Mar Vista Farmers' Market, and even less time if you ride your bike. Not only will you get to the market in a gas-free manner, but you'll also be supporting local growers and their fresh, organic produce. Get there early to pick up your bitter herbs because it's going to be busy.
If antibiotic-free kosher chicken or turkey is on your Seder menu, check out the Kosher Valley line at . When looking for eco-friendly Kosher-for-Passover wines, try Hagafen Cellars in Napa Valley or Herzog Wine Cellars from Oxnard. These aren't your grandfather's grape juice!
And as always, bring your own bags to the farmers market and supermarket to get your goods home the green way.
Once you're meal has been planned, don't forget to set a sustainable table. Even if there's a crowd, avoid the urge to use paper and plastic. Our neighbors are having a big group over and I'll likely loan out some of our extra serving pieces.
When your Passover meal is finally over, store or send home leftovers in containers instead of plastic wrap and aluminum foil. Compost what you can and be sure to run a full dishwasher. And if you did use paper or plastic, don't forget to recycle.
Chag Kasher v'Sameach!