Organically yours

Mitch and I do this dance: When I go food shopping, I bring home organic lettuce and fruit (when it's not ridiculously expensive). I usually skip the organic milk--too pricey and Big Organic may or may not treat its animals more humanely than Big Conventional. I avoid things like fabric softeners and air fresheners because their smell makes my skin writhe and because the need for these products was conceived by industry not consumers. (Did Great Grandma use dryer sheets to soften her towels?)

Mitch, on the other hand, shops price. Yesterday, he very greenly rode his bike to the grocery, filling his panniers with summer's toxic bounty. Upon his arrival home, he proudly displayed a bulging bag of shiny burgundy cherries. "Ninety-nine cents a pound," he crowed.

"For organic?" I asked.

"Non-organic."

Silence. 

(Not totally wanting to kill his buzz, still...) "Honey, cherries are one of the dirty dozen."

Mitch, to his credit, gamely washed the cherries and set them out for breakfast.  I picked at them desultorily as if I were eating from a bowl of cockroaches. 

To buy organic or not? What do you do? (More tomorrow.)

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July 13. 2009 14:41

mwknitter

Really, you should treat yourself to organic dairy - esp. milk products.  They taste so much better!  I am not a big fan of milk but can't resist the organic stuff (or at least very fresh hormone free stuff - we have Oberweis Dairy which is a local place that buys only from farmers who don't use hormones & they sell in glass bottles - costs about twice as much but well worth it.)  

mwknitter |

July 14. 2009 07:51

Deborah Robson

We also have a source of not-so-big organic milk here a bit north of you. It's less expensive than big-organic.

So what we do is walk a line as close as we can to organic/local, even when money is tight. Lacking decent health insurance, we figure we need to stay healthy. . . .

Example is a peach grower that shows up at our farmers' markets. Not organic, but "naturally grown," which means no insecticides or pesticides used; carefully chosen soil modifications; there's a list. So we ONLY eat peaches in season (or organic frozen, in small amounts). But WOW are they good when we do eat them! (This place has a lot of peaches, and it sells out, so you have to get to the market early. Later in the season they have other fruits, also exquisite, but peaches are their signature item.)

Edible Front Range (or Edible wherever-you-are) is an interesting source for new food suppliers. The peach folks we found on our own, though. Windsor Dairy, too (cheeses). That's even more fun.

Deborah Robson |

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