Healthy food has always been, and always will be, at the core of a healthy way of life. For many people, this means shifting away from hormone-containing, pesticide-laden conventional foods, toward sustainably-produced foods. This demand has resulted in a myriad of products that boast either an “organic” or “all-natural” label. But are the two labels interchangeable? Not as much as you may think.
Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) has grown in popularity since it first appeared 25 years ago. It’s an innovative way of linking consumers with growers, providing consumers an opportunity to buy local, seasonal food directly from farmers. Basically, farmers offer a number of “shares” to the public. “Shares” take the form of produce and occasionally other products like honey or fresh baked bread. Interested consumers purchase a share and receive a weekly supply of seasonal produce throughout the growing season.
Despite the North Florida temperatures still creeping up into the 90s by midday, there is the promise of cooler days ahead drifting in the air! Pumpkin lattes, roasted root veggies, warm hues of orange, red and brown. To say I’m excited about the arrival of fall next month would be a vast understatement. One thing that gets me especially giddy is planning out our fall veg garden. If you’ve been toying with the idea of planting a garden, there is no time better than now to start prepping. It’s easier than you might think!
“We’d never consider letting a can opener into our kitchen,” say Justin and Stephana Gaudin, who believe, “the best things in life remain relatively simple.” This is why they produce Ladybird & Friends Hot Sauce in small handcrafted batches in Gulf Breeze, Florida. Each flavor is carefully constructed without preservatives or pre-processed ingredients, producing a product that they are proud to serve and eager to eat.
Something fairly new to our cheese case is a whole line of California cheeses made by the Rumiano family. Tasty, varied, and always on sale, these all-natural cheeses have a laundry list of bragging rights to their name. The cows are grass fed, there are no artificial hormones or pesticides, the organic milk comes from local farms, the cheeses are ACS award winners, they produce the world’s first Non-GMO Project verified cheeses, and to top it all off, they each contain 0g of lactose per serving! Their website says the following about this family of cheese makers: