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September is National Organic Harvest Month


By Paul Rutkovsky

There are many good reasons to celebrate organic food, including the fact that there are over 10,000 organic farms in the United States. According to the Organic Consumers Association, there are now more than 1,000 Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) programs in the U.S. Ten years ago there were none, and now there are even several in the Tallahassee area. The sale of organic food is growing at about 25% every year.

A simple way to celebrate Organic Harvest Month would be for you to buy as much organic as possible, and gradually it might become a way of life. Organic is much more than just produce. It’s in the health and beauty department as well as beverages (there are several varieties of organic wine at New Leaf) and dairy products. Organic cotton is becoming increasingly more available in products such as table linens, t-shirts, sheets, bathrobes and slippers.

New Leaf Market Co-op carries approximately 2,200 certified organic items and roughly 300 products with organic ingredients. Also, there is the beautifully displayed organic fruit and vegetable section, which is stocking more locally grown produce. When you’re making your final purchases, look at the large map of north Florida and south Georgia near the exit door and notice all the local farms and gardens that supply New Leaf with organics and free range dairy and meat. While you’re shopping in the produce section, ask for Jonathan (produce manager), and compliment him on the wonderful display of organic whole foods and encourage him to continue to stock as much locally grown as possible. Take advantage of these healthy whole foods and plan a completely organic meal for your family or friends during Organic Harvest Month. Remember, you can reduce food miles by serving as much local and regional organic foods as possible at your next BBQ or potluck dinner.

Finally, New Leaf Market’s Farm Tour is a great way to meet our local organic farmers. Mark your calendar for the tour on October 24 & 25.

Information for this article came from the following sources:
Coop Stronger Together at http://strongertogether.coop
Organic Consumers Association at https://www.organicconsumers.org
Organic It’s Worth It at http://www.organicitsworthit.org

Care2 at http://www.care2.com

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