What You Need to Know Before Buying Organic Produce

Last weekend my husband and I stayed with our dear friends, Liza and Jake. Liza is a naturopathic doctor, an expert when it comes to toxins in and around the home. We’ve stayed with them a number of times, but for some reason, this last visit really opened my eyes....more

Is Good Produce Worth the Pricetag?

When my friend Meg stopped by yesterday, she commented on the bowl of cherries adorning my kitchen counter.“Cherries,” she said, “Where can you get affordable cherries?” “You can’t,” I told her, “I paid five bucks a pound for those.”Yes, a bowl of precious jewels, they are....more

Grand River Organics (Thrifty Thursday)

I try to make sure I feed my family the best I can. That means as much as I can I also choose local, organically grown produce. This can get VERY expensive, but for a couple of years now I’ve been purchasing pre-filled boxes from Grand River Organics(formerly Loft Organics). They serve the Waterloo Region, Guelph, Burlington, Mississauga and Greater Toronto Area....more

How to Feed Your Family Nutritious Vegetables

God created our bodies to need lots and lots of fruits and veggies. The average American gets two and a half servings total of fruits and vegetables a day, but we should be eating five. Even worse, most Americans get their daily intake from nutritionally depleted fruits and vegetables. "What?!?!" you say. "Well, I'm fine...I buy fresh fruits and veggies. No cans and frozen stuff in my house." Nope...sorry, still depleted. ...more
 @charlehesel  Thank you, thank you!!!  I am so excited for the opportunity to post here on ...more

The 2012 Farm Bill: Why You Should Care

I had been planning to write about the upcoming 2012 Farm Bill but I was somewhat saddened that it did not receive any discussion on the CtS FB Page nor on Twitter. This is an important issue that is going to be hitting the U.S. at a tumultuous political time. We need to start thinking about it and talking about it now. ...more
Thanks Mieliepips! Y'know, it looks like a lot of people read it, on BlogHer and on my blog. But ...more

Is it worth it to buy Organic?

Is it worth it to buy organic? According to the Environmental Working Group, pesticide exposure can be eliminated by 80% just from avoiding the most contaminated produce. They cite the Big 12 most important fruits and veggies worth buying organic:...more

Buy Local Food - It Pays More Than Once

With the cost of gas prices sky high and random contaminated food scares making the rounds regularly, it just might pay to buy local now more than it ever has. When you buy from local farmers and merchants your dollar stretches farther, you reduce your carbon footprint, and you keep your neighbors (relatively speaking) in business. Now, to me, that is ROI. And, the fact that it is summer for those of us in the Northern Hemisphere it is the easiest time of the year to do so. ...more

Thanks for all the great comments & stories. I am pretty passionate about the food ...more

'Tis the season for heirloom tomatoes

To state that I like tomatoes is like saying Harry Potter fans casually enjoy the books. Yes, I am a fanatic. In my brasher and more spontaneous college days, I entered multiple tomato eating contests and nearly won a couple. It was all about quantity then. ...more