|One of many markets in Toronto|
Friday, February 24, 2012
Hello everyone! Is it too late in the year for me to wish everyone "Happy New Year"?!
As of late, many people have been asking me about buying organically and what the fuss is about. So I thought I would address this as best I can...
First off I must reintroduce the definition of organics, most people assume that when farmers avoid using herbicides, pesticides, the "cides", that that means organic yet the truth is, everything that has healthy, nutrient rich, untainted soil and no use of any pesticides is organic. In reality everything begins organic and people choosing to use chemicals are the factors causing it to no longer be naturally grown, sustainable and nutrient dense. People should start calling organics, "the non-pesticides" ha ha...maybe the prices would drop?
In school many of our teachers refer to "The Dirty Dozen", which are the fruits and vegetables we should make the most effort and attempt to buy organic. Loose rule of thumb is produce that has soft permeable skin and/or we do not peel in order to use or eat, is generally going to absorb more of the harmful chemicals.
The Dirty Dozen
6. Nectarines (imported)
7. Grapes (imported)
8. Bell peppers
12. Kale/Collard Greens
My next favorite thing in regards to shopping organic, is to go to my local farmers markets! In my opinion, there is nothing better than getting to know my farmers within the city limits and support the hard-working families. My theory is, even if their farm isn't registered organic, most farmers choose natural farming over pesticide use. Farmers are men, women and families of their land and kitchen, the last thing they want to do, is the endless paper work that comes with being recognized as "an organic working farm".
When you begin supporting local farmers and spreading the word, I must tell you a certain type of pride comes with it. Not only are you reducing your carbon footprint but you're eating better, which means you'll FEEL BETTER! I love buying and supporting local businesses, plus one day I'll have my own local business in hopes that people support me!
Until next time happy shopping and get to know your local farmers!!!
Local markets for those who live in Toronto
Dufferin Grove Organic Farmers Market
Evergreen Brick Works
East York Farmers Market
Nathan Phillips Square
St. Lawrence Market
Trinity Bellwoods Park Market
Withrow Park Markets