Aesthetically, I've never been a big fan of colored plastic Easter grass. Even as a child it was simply at odds with my personality (and I may have wondered why the Easter bunny couldn't just tone it down a bit). As I've gotten older and more interested in eco-friendly solutions, I've turned to natural shredded wood as filler. But this year I have a new option, one that feels more organic to the Easter season and works both environmentally and aesthetically.
Consisting of organic, field grown Timothy grass, Tim's Real Easter Basket Grass is grown and harvested on 124 acres of hay fields along the Connecticut River in Canaan, Vermont. Naturally fragrant, this is a filler that will remind you of being on a farm, not inside a chemical plant. (I suspect the Easter bunny will like it a lot better, too.)
There's a generous amount in every box, enough to fill several baskets. What you don't use can be added to your compost or used to line animal cages. It's not necessarily meant to be kept - it's generally harvested and boxed just before shipping out to customers - but if you're feeling thrifty, you can save leftovers until next year. Just make sure you store it in a cool, dry place.
Have a very happy Easter! (And don't forget, the giveaway for Livia Cetti's The Exquisite Book of Paper Flowers ends at midnight tonight.)
**Tim's Real Easter Basket Grass is sold at Whole Foods in 31 states. For other vendors, check here.