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Celebrate Earth Day with cupcakes and other fun ideas

Happy Earth Day! Tuesday, April 22, is a day for celebrating the Earth and committing to do something eco-friendly for the environment.

Here are a few foodie-friendly ways to celebrate.

Connect with local food sources

Getting connected with local food sources is not only eco-friendly, but it also boosts the local economy.

South Bend has several options. You can visit the Purple Porch Co-op for a meal made from locally-produced food or purchase local groceries there. The Unity Gardens includes a network of more than 50 community gardens in South Bend, Mishawaka, LaPorte, Lakeville, North Liberty and Walkerton. The Unity Gardens also keeps bees, which produce several varieties of Honey from the Hood.

Goshen has several community gardens. On the map, click on any of the dots to find out more information about how to get involved at each garden.

The Elkhart Local Food Alliance has a Facebook group where anyone interested in local food in Elkhart can join and get involved.

And, of course, you can get involved in the “Rebuilding The Local Food System” program in Elkhart County.

Make Earth Day cupcakes

Lemonade Day Elkhart posted an easy recipe for Earth Day cupcakes on its Facebook wall Tuesday morning.

Use a lemon-flavored box cake (or vanilla, if that’s what you prefer) and prepare as normal. Before you pour the batter into the cupcake pans, divide the batter into two bowls. In one bowl, use food coloring to dye the batter blue. Use green food coloring in the other bowl. Then drop spoonfuls of batter in alternating colors into the cups. Bake the cupcakes as directed.

Recycle your egg cartons

Down to Earth Natural Foods in Granger is an organic grocery store that will take your egg cartons and give them to farmers so they can be reused.

Want to do something a little more personal? Recyclebank has 25 uses for your egg cartons, including using the cartons as a windowsill garden for small plants and micogreens or giving them to a neighbor who keeps urban chickens.

How do you like to celebrate Earth Day?

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