Over the past month, I have spent a lot of time in my local health food store. The co-op doesn't begin until November, and I am buying almost 100% organic, free range, etc.etc. I have found some really great organic brands that I feel good about giving my dollar to. I am buying my dairy from Organic Valley. They have a nice variety of cheeses, sour cream, milk, cream, powdered milk, cottage cheese & a line of meats. They even have juice box sized milks that I can bring to work with me for breakfast. (added bonus is that they are from a cooperative of farms and have very strict guidelines for their farmers)Read more
"The Mystery of the Chinese Stickers" originally appeared on Fair Food Fight last January. This is the first time that we've compiled those various posts in one place, forming a cool blog-mystery about the layers of weirdness and non-transparency in international, packaged food -- even organic food. A classic example of what we call unmasking.
Just got off the phone with General Manager Dan Gillotte of Wheatsville Co-op in Austin, TX. Wheatsville is like a scurrying rodent/mammal in the Age of Dinosaurs, scurrying to avoid the bigger competition of Whole Foods Market's flagship store (and corporate headquarters) and City Market, WFM's gargantuan rival.
I bumped into my buddy Brian Fredericksen of Ames Farm Honey at the Minneapolis Farmers Market on Saturday. At his stall, he had a steady flow of customers, despite a heavy downpour that morning, but I got a chance to talk to him, which is always great for me.
I could write a ton of stories about Brian and Ames Honey. His farm is located on historically significant land for Minnesota (his orchard is where the famed Honeycrisp apple was developed decades ago), he's a fountain of information about bad practices in the honey industry, and he raises and trains sled dogs, too. Anyway, here's what I learned from him on Saturday:Read more
Ethicurean reported last week that local, as a marketing concept, has officially "jumped the shark," (or "nuked the fridge" if you prefer) , now that Frito Lay uses the word "local" in their ads and has created an innovative web-tracking system to let customers learn how close their nearest potato-chip potato farmers are.Read more