Wednesday, August 12, 2009

Eating Local AND Organic

eating both locally and organically is heavenly but can require a bit of work. Luckily I get a CSA share from Stillman's farm all summer. While they are not certified organic, they use sustainable means of agriculture. I split a Full Share with two friends and the pickup is conveniently located right outside of Clear Flour Bakery, where I work!
In the summer it is much much easier to find fruits and vegetables that are grown locally using organic methods-our farmers markets abound!
[summer never leave me!!!] Now I just have to work on preserving this local bounty. Look at these little dudes i found!

Bitesized Lemony cucumbers!!

While I was at Whole Foods Brighton for a Local Food Lover Tweet-up I decided to pick up Vermont Soy Tofu. I have been wanting to try this brand for awhile.

Sauteed with CSA potatoes and zucchini
It was some of the best Tofu I have ever had. Very very firm and flavorful, while soaking up any flavors that I added. It is "handcrafted with locally grown beans" in Vermont, and USDA certified organic. 14oz (no water) is 2.99 at my Whole Foods.
Why do I choose organic? While there's been a bunch of hubabaloo on the internet about lately about studies that claim that "organic is no more nutritious" ie not worth the extra $$ i still buy organic, because even if that apple may not contain more vitamin a than a conventional apple, it still doesn't have the toxic residues that conventional produce has been shown to have.
~GoodEater Put out a great post with the top 5 organic visualization and i highly recommend you check them out here.
~What IS on your food?? Check out this site for some scary info on pesticide residues found in food, and how dangerous they are!
Why Local? To reduce food miles, to ensure the best nutritional quality, to reduce my carbon footprint, to support local famers and the local economy.
Both local and organic is obviously a win-win, and I try to assess each individual situation when only one option is available.

Happy Wednesday! I'm going to Grezzo for lunch and I can't wait! (and I've been 100% raw for three days! love it!)


Allie (Live Laugh Eat) said...

Hey Elizabeth,

Thanks for stopping by my blog! I love shopping at markets...especially farmers' markets. Those cucumbers are whack/so cool!

Can't wait to read more of your blog and see you at HLS!!

Emily said...

are you in Boston right now? Where do you get your produce during the school year?

Lori said...

You know, I've seen something like the maxixe at our local market here in Brazil and didn't even know what it was. It was one on my list that I hadn't looked up yet. I've got to try it now!

Elizabeth Jarrard said...
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Elizabeth Jarrard said...

Thanks Lori and Allie! Maxixe are the greatest cucumbers ever! (I'd love it if you told me how to pronounce them Lori!!) Bite sized, and with a hint of lemon flavor!
yes i'm in boston all summer. I love the farmers markets here. During the school year i'll could find me hitting up: Copley (Tues and Fridays) Coolidge Corner (Thur) [these two are the best] Prudential (Weds) BU-GSU (thur) N. Allston (near Harvard Stadium) (Friday) Harvard Sq or Central Sq. All are great markets and very accessible for me! Lemme know if i can help any more!!

biggirleats said...

Hi Elizabeth! I came across your blog and really love your post on the farmer's market/sustainable agriculture! It's so important that people are educated as much as possible on good, local food sources. Way to go! :)

Sophie said...

ooo... i am an tofu super fan! sigh. i want the spicy tofu sooooo badly right now. with rice.

Here I bought a sauce pack so as to skip all the seasonings! and i will try this friday after work.