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On Eating Organic Stuff

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One of my favorite things to do -- no joke, whatsoever, not even a little bit -- is to stroll the aisles of the supermarket. I find it very soothing, for some reason, except for when I make the mistake of going shopping on Friday at 2, or a Sunday in the winter before a Giants game. In general though, it's a genuine pleasure, and food shopping is my favorite household - related chore, by far. Most of the time, I'm doing this in a fairly rushed fashion, but I always make my way down the produce aisles with care.

When my son (my first kid) was born, I had grand plans of feeding him whipped organic vegetables nurtured with pure rainwater and nestled on a bed of grass grown from previously untouched earth, from a remote mountain in Tibet. Or something...


Obviously, what began with the best of intentions slowly evolved from pure insanity into, well, normalcy. I fed him a mix of organic things and regular stuff, and figured out, bit by bit, what worked for us. By the time my daughter was born, I'd developed a true routine and plan in terms of what I was comfortable feeding my kids, without compromising what I wanted, but at the same time not going too far off the deep end (for me).   

He's now almost six, and she's almost four, and I'm happy to say we've managed to keep that up. The biggest example of this, for me, is my walk down the produce aisle. I do buy organic apples, pears, strawberries and grapes.  Bananas, avocados, pomegranates, oranges, and pretty much anything which has a peel or a thick skin, I shrug, and take my chances.

I've heard a lot of people bring in the price factor when it comes to eating organic stuff, but I have to say that I've found fantastic, competitive pricing at my local Trader Joe's, and the bi-weekly farmstand near my office. Now that it's becoming increasingly more mainstream, I've noticed my local grocery store greatly expanding their organic offerings, without too steep of an increased price over the regular stuff. When it comes down to a matter of (literally) twenty five cents' difference between the organic baby carrots and the regular ones, I'm happy to pony up the change.

What about you? Do you make an effort to seek out organic foods for you and your kids? If so, do you try to do so exclusively, or do you strike some sort of balance?

by on Apr. 18, 2012 at 12:00 AM
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momkaribg
by on Apr. 19, 2012 at 8:33 PM
We don't buy organic. We don't have a great variety at my store.
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LancesMom
by Member on Apr. 19, 2012 at 9:59 PM


Quoting Rushn311:


Quoting LancesMom:


Quoting Rushn311:

We grow our own organic veggies too

Quoting lalasmama2007:

We have our wn garden, so a lot of of veggies come from there or the local farmer's markets.


We are planning on doing a garden again this yr too!

Hubby tried growing zucchini last year but it rotted. I want to try again tho. We also do tomatoes, cucumbers, and beans. I'd like to try more. :D

This yr we are doing cukes, tomatoes, peppers, squash and I want to try sugar snap peas!

Rushn311
by on Apr. 19, 2012 at 10:00 PM


Quoting LancesMom:


Quoting Rushn311:


Quoting LancesMom:


Quoting Rushn311:

We grow our own organic veggies too

Quoting lalasmama2007:

We have our wn garden, so a lot of of veggies come from there or the local farmer's markets.


We are planning on doing a garden again this yr too!

Hubby tried growing zucchini last year but it rotted. I want to try again tho. We also do tomatoes, cucumbers, and beans. I'd like to try more. :D

This yr we are doing cukes, tomatoes, peppers, squash and I want to try sugar snap peas!

I'd like to do squash too.


babyboxfish
by on Apr. 20, 2012 at 12:27 AM

this

Quoting amonkeymom:

Sometimes I'll seek out the organics, but find prices to be so high.  I will buy for certain items but not others.

I love strolling through Whole Foods, Sunflower Market, etc.  So much more variety and fun compared to the regular old grocery chains.


Wish2Be
by on Apr. 20, 2012 at 8:16 AM

 When my son was just begining baby food...EVERYTHING was organic ! When he started to eat solid foods - EVERYTHING was organic. Then when he started eating regular food....his Grammy ( day care provider ) fried everything she gave him for lunch....so he has been eating Shrimp Poppers, Fish Sticks, and Fried Okra for almost a year because he refuses to eat anything else and I am terrified of him loosing weight ( he is a little low in weight 39 inches and only 28 lbs ).

So the only thing I can do to balance is to give him organic snacks and drinks....and oatmeal & yogurt.

jessicasmom1
by Bronze Member on Apr. 20, 2012 at 8:17 AM

Nice! we plant our own , then buy from local farmers markets :-) 

Wish2Be
by on Apr. 20, 2012 at 8:18 AM

 

Quoting momkaribg:

We don't buy organic. We don't have a great variety at my store.

 Do you have any local farmers markets or whole foods stores?

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elasmimi
by on Apr. 20, 2012 at 8:28 AM

I buy most of my fruits and veggies from a local produce stand, but when I do shop in the supermarket, unfortunately the organic produce not only is more expensive, but seems to be of inferior quality. With all the contamination scare, I am going to start growing my own lettuce.

ceciliam
by on Apr. 20, 2012 at 9:55 AM

I love farmer's markets. We also have a nice country store that I like to get my veggies from.

Quoting Kainalu55:

i like buying from the local farmers markets

Quoting lalasmama2007:

We have our wn garden, so a lot of of veggies come from there or the local farmer's markets.



ceciliam
by on Apr. 20, 2012 at 9:56 AM

This post reminded me that I saw a post about growing onions....I so want to do that. Maybe I will set it up today!

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