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Saturday, October 21, 2006


Another day of shopping - my oldest daughter, who couldn't go with us yesterday - has a paycheck burning a hole in her purse now. We are headed back to the big city of Minneapolis - yeah! I'm not a person that loves to shop, but it is nice to be able to spend some time with Alyson, between school and work, we seem to never see her anymore.

I just read an article over at Lucy Goodman's site, Boulder Belt Farm, about how people are shying away from organic foods b/c of cost and how the organic food movement is going to fizzle out along with the low-carb craze. This made me take a minute to think. As I stated in a comment on Lucy's blog, this just solidifies what us local CSA farmers have said all along. Organics to us is not about buying Organic Kraft Macaroni and Cheese or Organic Prego Pasta Sauce. More than organic, we want to promote people eating locally. Everyone would be amazed if they knew the stuff that is growing and being made close to home. Everyone knows we can't trust the multinational corporations to be honest and forthright about what is in our food. The only way we can be sure that our food is being grown organically and responsibly is to buy from our neighbors. If you know the people that are growing your food and you are welcome on their farm anytime you want, you know these people have a deep passion about food and the environment and aren't trying to screw you over to make a buck. Believe me, no one that is growing local food is making BIG bucks! Most of us are scraping by doing something that we love and believe in - wouldn't you rather buy your food from them?

There is a website, localharvest.org, you should check it out. You can search for farms in your area that either run CSAs or farm stands or you can find your nearest farmer's market. Talk to these people. Let them know what you are looking for - you will be amazed what is out there, I guarantee it.

Word of mouth and a little research is the only way we are going to be able to free ourselves from Kraft, General Mills, Unilever, etc., etc. and all the other multinational food companies that are selling us plastic food with no taste or nutrition.

Okay, I'm off my soapbox and off to spend the day with my 16 year old. Have a good one, people.

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