My family has been eating organic beef and chicken for some time now. A few months after we moved into our new house in 2009, we started purchasing all our beef, chicken and some seafood from a local distributor who brings the individually packaged and organic items to our home every couple of weeks.
Every once in a while, the "Meat Guy" as we call him (his real name is Ron) doesn't stop by and I have to go buy grocery store chicken and it is so rubbery and strange tasting to us now. I'd rather not eat if we don't have our Meat Guy chicken.
Recently, I discovered an organic farm fairly close to us that sells not only organic meats, but veggies and all kinds of other fun things. I try to visit weekly but it's sometimes difficult due to the distance but it's well worth it. I took a tour a couple months ago and found that this farm grows 60-75% of what it sells. And what it doesn't grow comes from 100% organic farms. And I mean the TRUE organic....not the organic that sells on the boxes at Publix or Whole Foods.
*Just because it says organic doesn't really necessarily mean it's 100% organic if the full sense of the word. Also be sure to not confuse "natural" "free range" and "cage free" with organic. Being one doesn't automatically make them them the other.* Look it up on the Internet.
Some articles say that eating organic isn't necessarily healthier. Fine, I'll give you that in vitamins and minerals. But one thing is for sure, we're not eating harmful pesticides and fungicides and we're definitely not eating a bunch of added hormones. Lallie will certainly be flat chested going into elementary school.....as it should be!
Moving on....the food is absolutely amazing. Even Lallie eats her veggies without complaint (yes, even the "little trees" a/k/a broccoli). I don't yet know if it's a mental thing or if the food truly is that much more tasty. Whatever it is, the prices are very comparable to even those of Walmart and the produce is one hundred times better! We've added more spinach, broccoli and kale to our diets. The potatoes are sweeter than I've ever tasted. The strawberries barely make it through the door before they're eaten in entirety and the veggie chips are Lallie's favorite new snack (made at the farm). I even use their organic made olive oil and their locally produced eggs (the yolks are the size of your palm!).
I'd love to try their bee pollen. Bee pollen you might say? Yep, here are some of the benefits:
- Holds of aging
- Increases libido in men and women
- Increases energy
- Is anti-carcinogenic
- Helps promote weight loss and increased metabolism
- Apparently you could live of bee pollen as it has every enzyme, vitamin and mineral you could possibly imagine!
I'm also wanting to pick up some wheatgrass which aids in lowering blood pressure, increases metabolism and can help with many issues of the GI tract (ever wonder why dogs eat grass when they're stomachs are upset....(*light bulb!*).
Wheatgrass, interestingly, also has soothing oils for sunburns, itches and cuts, it increases fertility and sweetens your breath. It can even reverse grey hairs when ingested regularly and can help with sleep just from sitting a pot next to your bed! Amazing stuff!
Kale and Arugula (Via)
Anyways....I'm sold. Clearly. And so far, my family is as well. I'm not only becoming more educated but we're eating better in the process! Yesterday I was at the grocery store and except for bread....I didn't even shop the center aisles (which is what they say to avoid when you're trying to eat healthy as all the processed foods are in the center aisles).
Do y'all eat organic foods? Tell me about your experience. I'd love to start and chat and hear what you have to say!
Happy Friday Y'all!