As the last few ballots are counted, it appears that prop 37 have failed, which means that the myriad of interestingly and potentially toxic additives to commercialized food will remain a mystery. So be it. For those of us who are concerned about what we feed to our children, our loved ones, and ultimately to ourselves, all is not lost. There are plenty of opportunities out there to provide healthy, nutritious, and organic groceries for our families to eat.
Shopping for Vegetables
Around the Sacramento area, there are numerous farmers markets, many of which are certified organic. These local markets offer the perfect venue for buying organic groceries. They are also the perfect venue to avoid GMO foods. This link is provided for those readers who are interested in finding a farmers market in your area. There is a farmers market every day of the week around Sacramento.
This is also a good time to start a garden. You don’t have to grow all of your food, but it helps out financially, nutritionally, and practically to grow your own food. GMO foods do not have to become a way of life. My small 12 foot square garden produces about $700 of organic food each year. That is $700 not spent on GMO foods. The benefit is that it is organic, nutritious, and practical.
The Sunday farmers market is not only a great place to find the freshest produce it is also a mecca for fruits, nuts, organic cheese, bread and many other grocery items, including organic beef, pork, chicken, and fish. There are vendors that supply organic eggs and many other organic groceries. If you have not had the opportunity to try farm fresh eggs, then you are in for a pleasant surprise. Most organic foods are tastier, than commercially processed foods because locally grown foods are extremely fresh. For a list of local farms and ranches that offer grass fed, organic beef, pork, and fowl click here.
Shopping for Meat
Sacramento is a cornerstone city for organic production, and that includes organic meat. The key to shopping for quality organic meat is to ask for it. Even if, a store that you frequent does not carry it, make a point of asking for it. Eventually, they will start to carry organic meat. There are many locations around Sacramento that offer organic beef, pork, chicken and fish.
One option is to buy organic meat in bulk. There are quite a few small farms that will sell a quarter of a cow, half of a cow, etc. The same is true for pork. If you want to save money on buying organic meat, then consider buying meat in bulk. We utilize a 5 cubic foot chest freezer that was purchased new for about $170. It is very capable of fitting into my second story apartment, and it holds a lot of organic food.
Shopping for organic fruit
They key to shopping for fruit is to find whatever is in-season. There are so many fruit stands around that it just makes sense to buy locally grown organic fruit. Many times these fruit stands sell vegetables, nuts, beans, and preserves that are all organically grown.
We have the options available to us to purchase non-GMO foods if we choose to shop wisely. There is no need to continue to support businesses that sell GMO foods, especially when there are so many organic grocery options available to us. The power of change comes in how we consumers spend our money. One of the best things about farmers markets is that there is no packaging. So building an organic lifestyle into how we shop really makes prop 37 a nonissue.