The Summer Solstice is just around the corner. According to the Farmer's Almanac it's on June 21. The Summer Solstice (there's a Winter one too) marks the time when the sun reaches its farthest point north of the equator. For those of us in the Northern Hemisphere that means it's also the day of the year that has the most sunlight. To help you celebrate the longest day of the year, we've put together this list of sustainable ways enjoy it. Add your own in the comments!
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Enjoy the Great Outdoors
Get outside and enjoy the sunshine! Take a hike on a nearby trail, take your kids to the park or just take a bike around your neighborhood. Bring along a plastic sack to pick up garbage and recyclables on your way.
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Build a (low-scale) solar oven
You already know the sun is a powerful energy source. But, have you ever tried cooking with it? You can buy commercially produced solar ovens, but you can also do-it-yourself.
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Bake dashboard cookies
Speaking of cooking, for some things you don't even need a solar oven. The people over at Baking Bites posted this recipe for dashboard cookies. Yep, those are cookies you can cook on your car's dashboard. You can go with your own homemade recipe or pick up your favorite pre-made dough from your local grocery store.
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Visit a farmer's market
According to the Farmer's Almanac the Summer Solstice was traditionally the midpoint of the growing season. Support local farmers by heading to your local farmer's market. Look for veggies like beets, kohlrabi, and peas and fruits like cherries, blueberries and figs. Shopping at a farmer's market is also a great way to reduce your carbon footprint.