A friend sent me this article. All the more reason to buy local, buy organic.
Organic fruits and veggies…. March 16, 2010
First off your local farmers market is your best bet for local, fresh and organic fruits and veggies.
Ask the farmer if they follow organic practices. Some farmers have always followed organic practices but haven’t paid for the certification.
Find a farmers market or farmer near you! Go to local harvest .org
You can also choose to buy into a Farm, called a farm share. You can learn more about Community Supported Agriculture on the local harvest website as well. I found some farms on craigslist in my area that are offering a farm share. The idea is to buy into a farm for the growing season. in my area it costs about $19 per week and each week you pick up your “share” of the crops. Many farms also offer classes and would love for you to take part in the farming experience as much as you’d like!
Buying out of season or at the supermarket: The environmental working group lets you know which fruits and veggies are best/worst in regards to pesticides. This link gives you a list of 47 different varieties. So you can make an educated decision and choose which ones to buy organic and which ones to not buy organic.
Dr. Mercola site has several links and ideas on promoting sustainable agriculture.
Peeling your fruits and veggies to avoid buying organic:
I have heard from many people, that you if you can peel a fruit you can buy it non-organic. I’m not sure I buy this. Things in nature absorb chemicals including our bodies. I can’t imagine that an apple doesn’t absorb the pesticides into it. You can make that assumption on your own.
I can’t seem to find any info on this, if you know please let us know!
Blown Away at Bob’s March 3, 2010
Today, I went to Bob’s Red Mill. Wow. It was incredible.
Someone had asked me to make a gluten free cake for a baby shower . In all my research and searching, I found Bob’s gluten free chocolate cake mix to be the tastiest, with a texture closest to “normal” cakes. So, hoping to find better prices than Fred Meyer had to offer, I headed out to visit the Mill.
I was wonderfully surprised, first of all, by the prices. They were half the cost, and sometimes a bit less than half. The selection was outstanding, from fresh baked breads and pastries, to bulk foods, to restaurant sized bags of dry goods. Organic options were all over the place, and most of Bob’s products are GMO free and all natural. I also enjoyed a fabulous lunch (the potato soup was to die for!) My meal was very reasonably priced, down right cheap for the quality of food I got. Yummm. Breakfast is also popular here, and some of the meals I saw around me looked super.
Overall, I was totally impressed with Bob. I can say I will be using him for all my baking needs.
Another sustainable success!