Everyone in America needs to see Fresh! Don’t you agree? It is always so satisfying to see such a positive reaction from people who watch this film. And if you want to introduce your friends to this guy….
Other books I recommend along these lines are written by my hero, Michael Pollan. Specifically, In Defense of Food: An Eater’s Manifesto and The Omnivore’s Dilemma: A Natural History of Four Meals. In Defense of Food is my favorite. It addresses the obsession America has with nutritional science and how we’re always looking for that magical “it” factor that will make us healthy, yet we still have the highest rates of heart disease, cancer, diabetes, and obesity that we have ever had. What is it about a carrot that is good for us? Is the beta-carotene? Is it the fiber? We want to know so we can enrich our candy bars with it. The book is thought provoking and a breath of fresh air from all of the marketing that leaves you utterly confused every time you walk within ten feet of a supermarket. Michael gives very simple advice: Eat food. Not too much. Mostly plants. It really is that easy!
With that said, I want to share some great places where you can get food. Real food.
Northland Naturals Coop Basics – This is a buying club that orders natural, organic bulk food at a cheaper rate from several different sources and has it delivered in a church parking lot at Green Hills and Hwy 152. They order every four weeks from United Naturals Buying Clubs. There are frozen, refrigerated, grocery, supplements, and personal items (like shampoo) available for purchase. Many items are comparable to what you would purchase at a Whole Foods Market. Currently the co-op receives a 10% discount, which goes up when our order amounts increase. Ordering is done online and everything must be ordered in cases. You are able to split cases, though, with other members of the club so you aren’t stuck with more then you really need. The splitting process is managed online, as well.
In addition to United Naturals, they order from Frontier every other month. You may have seen this brand of spices at Whole Foods or Hy-vee. The items from here are not ordered by the case, so that is a benefit. According to the club coordinator, personal items, such as shampoo and sunscreen, are much cheaper from this company.
Lastly, they order meat from Parker Farms and arrange a delivery at the church parking lot. The timing of those order vary based on the demand from the club members.
There are many benefits to joining a club such as this. You are buying the same items you would buy at the store (if you can find them) at the best price. The more your group orders, or the more the group grows, means a larger discount. You do not have to drive all over the city trying to find all of this stuff, because, trust me, there is not just one place you can go to get it all. That’s very frustrating!
If you are interested in this club, please let me know and I will send you more information, including the name and number of the coordinator.
- 2 ea. Avocado
- 6 ea. Braeburn Apples
- 6 ea. Danjou Pears
- 5 lb Yams (I substituted this for tangerines)
- 6 ea. Kiwi (I substituted this for grapefruit)
- 1 ea. Broccoli
- 1 ea. Butternut Squash
- 1 ea. Carrots
- 2 ea. Cucumbers
- 1 ea. Kale
- 2 ea. Red Bell Peppers
- 1 ea. Red Leaf Lettuce
- 1 lb Roma Tomatoes
- 2 lb Yukon Gold Potatoes.
Whew! I think this week’s post is more like a book! I am continuing to make improvements to the layout of this blog so that information, such as what I wrote about this week, is more static and my posts are not quite so long. It will also make it easier to locate this information if you need to refer back to it. There will be links for recipes, FAQ’s, etc. This Thursday is going to be fun as we will talk about building a natural pantry and I will be demonstrating how to make chicken stock and Bolognese sauce. These two things started me on my “kick” of making food myself instead of buying it at the store. Easy, delicious and so convenient to have around. Last, but certainly not least, here are the recipes for the treats Tonya and I brought last Thursday…
Crispy Rice Treats
Healthy dash vanilla (optional)
3 cups brown rice cereal