Showing posts with label buying local produce. Show all posts
Showing posts with label buying local produce. Show all posts

Monday, January 9, 2012

When spending more saves big

Spending more saves big when you buy organic. It saves your health, your environment and your freedoms in life. I have seen clips and read bits from the movie Food Inc. over the past few years but I never scraped up the courage to watch it until this weekend. Wow, almost didn't make it through the whole movie at once. It is sooo powerful, if you have not watched it yet, I encourage you to.

The movie had such an impact on us that I will probably be blogging about the changes that we are making for a couple of weeks. Surveying the Internet has been discouraging because there remains a shortage of organic business even in a big city like Phoenix. So today I will be hitting the grocery isles and comparing prices at local retailers.

In response to the movie here is a list of immediate changes we intend to make:
  • Eat Vegetarian more often
  • Buy organic meat when we eat meat
  • Buy organic corn
  • Buy as many organic products as we can possibly find
  • Eat at restaurants that buy organic meat and produce

You can look for new posts including a page of hearty Vegetarian dishes as they get the families approval, ideas of where to buy and save on organic products and forthcoming reviews of organic businesses. After watching the movie some previously favorable reviews may be edited or disappear from my site completely due to laws that would prevent a more critical review. Yes, you heard me correct...we have laws in our food industry that prevent us from talking about what not to eat. This movie is not just about eating healthy, it is about the eroding of our constitutional freedoms.

Here is the trailer...

Wednesday, August 3, 2011

Buying at Farmer's Markets Saves Money

Buying from Farmers Markets
Buying From Farmer's Markets Saves
Buying your produce from local farmers markets is a great way to save money while buying organic produce and it promotes green living.  Not only does buying local reduce the amount of transportation and packaging it also supports the local farmers which is a key to sustainable living.  Buying local organic produce sends a message to the government and local economists by upping the demand for local organic produce in your area.  There are several ways to buy local organic produce.

***Farmers Markets are one.  Find a farmers market in your area and patronize it regularly.

***Pick Your Own.  There are also Pick your own farms throughout the country.  Find a Pick your own farm in your area.

***Buy from a local coop.  Food coops are a great way to buy local and they often come right to your doorstep.

***Grow your own.  Growing your own produce is another way to save on organic produce and who knows you may even start your own farmers market.  If you are in the part of the country that is undergoing the changes of fall you may want to consider indoor gardening.

Wednesday, July 27, 2011

Buying Local Honey is Considering frugal

Local Honey
Buying Local Honey is Considering frugal
The one product that we cannot live without in our home is.....Local Honey!  We buy our honey in bulk from a local farmer and time stands still when we run out.  Although honey is non perishable, we never seem to be able to store up enough because it is useful in so many ways.  Oh let me count the ways! 

1. Local honey helps many people with allergies including my family.  When you purchase local honey it means that the bees are pollinated in the state where you live and therefore you will be getting some of that bee pollen in your system by eating this local honey.  We started purchasing local honey for this reason alone about a year ago.  The whole family used to take allergy tablets twice daily, now there is no need.  As long as we have our local honey we are immune to most allergies.

2.  Speaking of immunity, honey is high in B vitamins, minerals and digestive enzymes so we have found that our immunity has improved greatly as well.

3.  Oh but there is more!  When you buy raw local honey the quality of nutrition and digestive enzymes is even greater not to mention the taste!  Oh the taste is so yummy.  If you like a spicy flavor go for Clover, if you like your honey more mild, wildflower and Orange Blossom is great for teas.

4.  We bake with honey.  You can substitute half the amount of sugar with honey and then add 1/4 cup liquid.  Honey is especially good in sweet tea and banana bread.

5.  Honey makes an excellent facial mask; clears those blackheads right out and aids as a natural astringent.

Precautions with honey:

There are some precautions that you should take with honey, the most important being NEVER GIVE HONEY to a child under a year old.  I personally never give my babies honey until they are 2 years old just to be safe.  Remember those natural enzymes I talked about earlier, well those can produce a type of bacteria that can multiply too quickly in infants.  Giving honey to an infant can cause death.  Don't give your baby honey!

6.  Buying local honey supports your local farmer, your local economy and your local eco system!  Buying honey in bulk saves waste.  We buy our local honey by the gallon and not only do we save a great deal of cash but we also have left over jars to use as storage canisters.

7.  Finally, honey is non perishable which means that it is a great food to have in storage.  John the baptist survived the desert on nothing but honey and locust, you could do it too if you had to!  Anyway, if you carefully examine honey at the grocery you will see that it does have an expiration date, however that date is simply there to comply with Food and Drug regulations.  Honey does not expire.  It does crystallize and when it does you simply need to heat it up until it becomes liquid again.

Buy Local Produce at Farmer’s Markets

Buy Local Produce
Buying Local Saves
Farmers markets, pumpkin patches, corn mazes and fall festivals can be cheap fall fun for the whole family as well as a great way to purchase local produce. Buying local promotes sustainable living for the whole community.

Vertuccio Farms in Mesa offers a great group rate of $5 per person if you schedule a group of at least 20 ahead of time. They have a corn maze just for kids, a pumpkin patch and a train ride too. Mother Nature’s Farm at 16th Street and Baseline Road offers a pumpkin patch, farmers market, hayrides and child size corn maze all under $7.

Talmachoff Farms offers great pumpkin patch fun including a petting zoo, farmers market, pumpkin patch, corn maze and train ride all at Bethany Home and 75th Avenue. This farm is a little more expensive at $15 but if you are close you will probably make it up in the gas savings.

Apple Annie’s Orchard offers a huge ‘one of a kind’ corn maze, farmers market, pumpkin patch and hayrides for a very reasonable price of $7 for adults and $5 for children; children 2 and under are free and they offer a combo hayride/corn maze ticket for just $9.

If you enjoy picking your own fruits and vegetables then you can check out a website that lists U Pick Farms. Bountiful Baskets is a local food coop and for a contribution of roughly $15 -25 dollars they will bring a laundry basket full of locally grown fruits and vegetables to a location near you.

How I became Considering frugal

Fueled by the growing list of pollution related allergies my family suffered from each day, and inspired by my 97 year old grandmother who could recycle ANYTHING before recycling was cool, back in 2011, I decided (in the spirit of the Julie/Julia Project...) to embark on a journey to see just how much one family could do to change our planet. I didn't consult any other parties before I launched this idea. Thankfully my husband, daughter and son are usually my biggest supporters. Here is the catch; as I'm normally very thrifty (you can note from early blog posts), I was looking for ways that I could reduce our carbon footprint and make socially responsible purchases without increasing our spending. Mmmmmm. We succeed in changing some of our habits a bit and finding ways to reduce our footprint. There were lots of fun epic fails alone the way too! But the biggest change we have made over the course of the last six years, was to move from the mega city of Phoenix to Wyoming. You can read my full bio on my About Me page.

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