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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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by on Apr. 20, 2012 at 10:02 AM

I really want to commit to a garden. I have 2 acres of land so I have no excuse. So far I have only attempted container gardening on my deck.

Quoting lalasmama2007:

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

by on Apr. 20, 2012 at 10:03 AM

I like strolling the aisles when the store is quiet.

Quoting itsblissmas:

 I like strolling the aisles too but only when I'm by myself! I can't say I've looked for organic food though.

by on Apr. 20, 2012 at 10:04 AM

What do you grow? How long does the stuff you can, last?

Quoting amy7243:

 We do have our own garden that we utilize in the summer and can for in the winter.

by on Apr. 20, 2012 at 10:06 AM

We don't buy organic, but I am thinking of growing some of my own produce this year.

I'm thankful for a hubby that loves me, 4 healthy children, a warm
place to sleep and enough food for our meals... God bless America!

by on Apr. 20, 2012 at 10:17 AM

honestly, I never jumped on the bandwagon. My DD however gets more organic things than my son's did, I think its because its more easily available to us now, than 11 & 9 years ago. my DD is 15 months and loves the fruit/veggie squeeze pouches from ellas kitchen,gerber and beachnut, and also the little snacks. So thats the extent of organic, maybe I will start to incorporate more into our daily lives other than just the baby.

by on Apr. 20, 2012 at 10:34 AM

i love moseying the aisles :)  i do not seek out organic though..   

i would love to start our own garden one of these days.

by on Apr. 20, 2012 at 11:08 AM

I make the effort not only to seek out organic foods but to find local organic foods. I love farmers markets and fruit stands

by on Apr. 20, 2012 at 11:25 AM

I plan to start buying more organice this summer.

by on Apr. 20, 2012 at 11:35 AM
We don't really seek it out but I am growing veggis this year
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by on Apr. 20, 2012 at 11:36 AM
My first year doing a garden! Wish me luck
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