My passion is natural and organic foods that are free of artificial preservatives, colors, flavors, sweeteners, hydrogenited fats and least processed, fresh wholesome safe to eat food. My pleasure is to share it with you....I work for Whole Foods Market on 3rd & Fairfax in Los Angeles California / personal shopper / blogger / clean food Informant. When you're inspired by what you do, work becomes play & money finds you in the most mysterious ways.
It's just so yummy. Not like momma but just as good My Version of the Chia Drink. Mayans still are ahead of the trends .... I used 2 cups of Strawberry Lemonade and 8 fresh mint leaves 1/4 cup of Organic Chia Seeds and Love. Let chill in the cold-box for an hour then enjoy... Yum!
I'm doing my part. Instead of going out and buying a thirty dollar Bottle to replace my Sigg I was inspired by my friend Ashley .... The idea is to recycle an old jar and top part of an old tube sock... Both items should be old but new is cool too. I used an old Bhakti Chai Tea Concentrate Jar and an new Kids Sock .... I purchased a new pack of kids sox from Target... It was the cute print that sold me ... Originally my plan was to recycle an old sock and my plain black was not so much.i search thrift stores for an old seventies style tube sock with basic two color stripe ... No luck on a used sock so i went to the kids section at Target.... any design would make a stylish sleeve. Great for hot drinks or cold with ice cubes. Plus a lid for travel. The styles are endless ..... I bet fishnet would be a nice sleeve.
What exactly is local food? Talk of local food is everywhere. But what does it mean? How local is local? Local is shorthand for an idea that doesn't have a firm definition. Unlike organic standards, which entail specific legal definitions, inspection processes, and labels, local means different things to different people, depending on where they live, how long their growing season is, and what products they are looking for.
Practically speaking, local food production can be thought of in concentric circles that start with growing food at home. The next ring out might be food grown in our immediate community - then state, region, and country. For some parts of the year or for some products that thrive in the local climate, it may be possible to buy closer to home. At other times, or for less common products, an expanded reach may be required.
People who value local as their primary food criterion are sometimes referred to as locavores. Post New Wave Locavore!!! That's Right!
One easy way to start buying local is to choose one product to focus on. Vegetables are often a good place to start. Produce also offers a good introduction to eating seasonally—an excellent way to learn about local agriculture. Then, try seeking out sources for local meat or dairy. Whole Foods Market makes buying local fun and easy.I love the mom and pop shops but Whole Foods Market Certified Organic.... That's Huge!
While local is certainly a flexible term, the basic concept is simple: local foods are produced as close to home as possible. Buying local supports a more sustainable food system because true sustainability goes beyond the methods used in food production to include every step that brings food from farm to plate.
Farmers Markets & Whole Foods Markets are great places to start. Of course I'm going to tell you to buy from Whole Foods Market ... its not just cos I work for WFM...I know first hand what WFM does for the Organic/Natural food community ..... Its no secret that buying local is the thing to do for your community...check your local Whole Foods Market and I'm sure you will find some amazing new local product that wouldn't have a chance if WFM didn't think Local too.... It's that easy... Buy Local !
Stop the insanity! I help with customer inquiries here at Whole Foods Market and we’ve been hearing some wild, off-base stories from folks around the country lately. For brevity’s sake, I’m going to list them here in hopes of dispelling these rumors.
Rumor No. 1: Whole Foods Market has been bought by Monsanto.
No! What crazy talk! We’ve never had any affiliation with that company. We are publicly traded; our majority shareholders are listed in documents filed with the SEC and, I promise, Monsanto is not on the list and never has been.
Rumor No. 2: Whole Foods Market made a secret deal with Monsanto to support the deregulation of GMO crops like alfalfa.
Again, no way! This ridiculous rumor started over a year ago in January 2011 because of the Organic Consumer Association’s (OCA) misleading article titled “Whole Foods Caves to Monsanto.” You see, Whole Foods Market and others in the organic food industry met with the US Secretary of Agriculture in support of farmers’ rights to grow Non-GMO crops. Because we did not take the exact hard-line stance that the OCA did, they accused us of “being in bed with Monsanto,” and the rumor developed from there. Whole Foods Market has no ties to Monsanto and did not have any interaction with the company concerning this or any other issue. For a good description of what really happened, here’s a solid Washington Post story. You can also read our blog response from last year.
Rumor No. 3: Whole Foods Market recently decided to start selling food with GMOs.
Wrong again! As long as GMO crops have been in this country, GMOs have been in the US food supply. The most effective action we can take now is to label the food that DOESN’T include GMOs. That’s why we’ve enrolled our 365 Everyday Value and 365 Organic product line in the Non-GMO Project Verification Program, and have encouraged our branded vendors to do the same – and many, many have. If you want to avoid GMOs, here’s what to look for in our stores:
Organic products, since USDA organic standards prohibit the use of GMO ingredients. Our 365 Everyday Value and 365 Organic store brand food products are sourced to avoid GMO ingredients and many have been verified under the Non-GMO Project verification program. You can find a list of verified products on each of our store web pages. Products labeled with the Non-GMO Project Verified label. For a shopping list of Non-GMO Project Verified products carried by your local store, check your store’s webpage or review brands and products on the Non-GMO project website. Thanks for reading and now back to your regularly scheduled shopping.
I'm not sure if it's a trend but in the year of research for my blog I've discovered lots of products. I'm posting some of my favorite Tuscan products. My next update will have my full story on the The Taste of Tuscan in the Natural & Organic Food World .... It's Amazing ....