Why organic? What is conventional? What is the big deal?

Why organic?  What is conventional? What is the big deal?

 

Remember when your parents would tell you, “You are what you eat!”  The amount of truth in this statement is telling.  When I was a kid, I LOVED pickles!  LOVED THEM! There was no pickle I wouldn’t eat and I ate them all!  I was at a friend’s grandparents’ house for a birthday party, probably 8 or 9 years old, and there I was, standing by the snack table, stuffing my face with PICKLES! Nanny, my friend’s grandmother, said, “You know, you keep eating those like that and you will turn in to a pickle!” I knew that I wouldn’t ACTUALLY turn in to a pickle, but there was a boatload of truth to that statement as well.

You are what you eat.  Think about that.  Now think about what you ate today. How much of that was whole, real food?  How much of that was conventional? Was any of it organic? Do you know the difference?

 

CONVENTIONAL

Foods grown conventionally are foods that are grown using conventional standards.  What does this mean?

“Conventionally grown is an agriculture term referring to a method of growing edible plants (such as fruit and vegetables) and other products… Conventionally grown products, meanwhile, often use fertilizers and pesticides which allow for higher yield, out of season growth, greater resistance, greater longevity and a generally greater mass.” (oh how we love Wikipedia)

Fertilizers and pesticides used in conventional growing are synthetic. These products force more production and the higher yield that keeps conventional produce so low in cost. One of the most heavily treated fruits are apples. Because they are so prone to pests, they are treated at many stages of their life cycle and where do you think all those pesticides end up? An apple a day, keeps the doctor away?

These things keep me awake at night.

 

 

ORGANIC

Organic farming is a form of agriculture that relies on techniques such as crop rotation, green manure, compost, and biological pest control. It excludes or strictly limits the use of various methods (including synthetic petrochemical fertilizers (yuck) and pesticides; plant growth regulators such as hormones; antibiotic use in livestock; genetically modified organisms; human sewage sludge; and nanomaterials for reasons including, sustainability, openness, independence ,health,  and safety. (more Wiki)

Human sewage sludge?  WHAT WHAT WHAT???!!! I’ll have exactly ZERO of that please!

Organically grown foods do not use any of the conventional methods. In fact, they are held to a much higher standard.  Treatment for pest and other garden critters are of organic methods. There are no synthetic ingredients in the fertilizers and organic methods of growing go back to nature using carefully monitored watering and fertilizing systems, that include organic matter derived from nature such as seaweed, egg shells, bone meal, compost, and more.

A quick way to make sure you are getting ORGANIC GOODNESS ONLY, check out your PLU codes at the grocery store. They will have FIVE numbers and start with the number NINE!!! Pay close attention and be good to yourself!

Happy eating!!!

 

 

 

 

Fairy Post Weekly

Happy Monday, Mainers!

Thanks for all those killer snowangel pictures last week! Did you like mine? A little blurry but it worked out…and it was fun! Now there is no snow! My driveway is an ice rink! Be super careful out there this week and please please please remember to keep your walkways salted and clear to keep the produce fairies safe!

Farm to Dooryard Features: Red Rose Potatoes, Carrots, and Purple Top Turnips from our pals at Freedom Farm and Watermelon Radish from Misty Meadows! We also have Brussels Sprouts, Eggplant, Lemon, and Avocado. YUUUUUUUUMMMMMMOOOOOO!

Give Back Item Of The Week: Chapstick! I know my lips are chapped!

Recipe Of The Week: Brussels Sprouts w/ Lemon Cream Sage Sauce

KEEP IN MIND– We have GIFT CERTIFICATES !!!! You can purchase them right through our site for your friends and family for all your New Years Resolution Gift Needs!  How much does that rock? Give the gift of healthy eating! Love it!

Ok, my loves…Now is the time! Go ahead and log in to your accounts and flip, switch, swap, and shop until you find the combo that works best for you and your loved ones. If you have any problems through the process remember you can always email justpeachy@cascobayorganics.com or even call! I love chatting on the phone:) Keep posting what you’re cooking on our facebook,we love it! Use our hashtag #organiclovestory, Tweet at us! Yelp us! Love your neighbor! Spread a smile…or five…and be happy in your hearts!

LOVE LOVE LOVE,

Jillian & The CBO Crew

Refer us for FREE PRODUCE : Log in to your account, scroll to the top of your screen and note the little banner that says Tell A Friend! Click it! Options to add a friends email or share with the social media outlet of your choice are built in as well as an already typed message(that you can change) to go out to your friends providing them with a personalized discount code that will give them $5 off their first delivery and will give you all a $10 credit to your accounts!!! And guess what!!!?? It’s unlimited referrals which means that you could get tons and tons of free produce. So share away and let us know what you think.

Veggie Pro Tip: Don’t forget to leave a cooler outside if you aren’t going to be home to ensure maximum freshness! 

Fairy Post Weekly

Happy Monday, Mainers!

Thanks for all those killer snowangel pictures last week! Did you like mine? A little blurry but it worked out…and it was fun! Now there is no snow! My driveway is an ice rink! Be super careful out there this week and please please please remember to keep your walkways salted and clear to keep the produce fairies safe!

Farm to Dooryard Features: Red Rose Potatoes, Carrots, and Purple Top Turnips from our pals at Freedom Farm and Watermelon Radish from Misty Meadows! We also have Brussels Sprouts, Eggplant, Lemon, and Avocado. YUUUUUUUUMMMMMMOOOOOO!

Give Back Item Of The Week: Chapstick! I know my lips are chapped!

Recipe Of The Week: Brussels Sprouts w/ Lemon Cream Sage Sauce

KEEP IN MIND– We have GIFT CERTIFICATES !!!! You can purchase them right through our site for your friends and family for all your New Years Resolution Gift Needs!  How much does that rock? Give the gift of healthy eating! Love it!

Ok, my loves…Now is the time! Go ahead and log in to your accounts and flip, switch, swap, and shop until you find the combo that works best for you and your loved ones. If you have any problems through the process remember you can always email justpeachy@cascobayorganics.com or even call! I love chatting on the phone:) Keep posting what you’re cooking on our facebook,we love it! Use our hashtag #organiclovestory, Tweet at us! Yelp us! Love your neighbor! Spread a smile…or five…and be happy in your hearts!

LOVE LOVE LOVE,

Jillian & The CBO Crew

Refer us for FREE PRODUCE : Log in to your account, scroll to the top of your screen and note the little banner that says Tell A Friend! Click it! Options to add a friends email or share with the social media outlet of your choice are built in as well as an already typed message(that you can change) to go out to your friends providing them with a personalized discount code that will give them $5 off their first delivery and will give you all a $10 credit to your accounts!!! And guess what!!!?? It’s unlimited referrals which means that you could get tons and tons of free produce. So share away and let us know what you think.

Veggie Pro Tip: Don’t forget to leave a cooler outside if you aren’t going to be home to ensure maximum freshness! 

Garbage to Garden! Composting made easy!

 

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There is a lot of talk these days about composting. Nature’s way of fertilizing using food scrapes and paper products can be a time consuming process if you are starting from scratch. If you are able to create your own compost pile, fantastic! Green it up! But if you are not, allow us to introduce you to the fantastic folks at Garbage to Garden! Maine’s ONLY curbside composting! “We bring all of your food waste to Benson Farm in Gorham, one of the largest composting operation in the state, where it is professionally composted and certified organic by MOFGA”-GTG

Garbage to Garden (GTG),who just celebrated their two year anniversary, has been able to compost 4 MILLION TONS of compostable matter! Picture that for a moment! That would fill up more space than your brain can imagine and thanks to GTG that 4 million tons will never sit in a landfill! Instead it will be delivered back to you in a form that is not only great for your lawn and garden, but also an organic material that returns nutrients to the ground where it came from in the first place! You can almost hear Elton John singing “The Circle of Life”! This is most impressive and we are so fortunate to have them!

Before, it was compost.

 

“I Chuck It IN the BUCKET!”

So what goes into the bucket you ask? Organic Matter Only!. This means no plastic, no metal, no chemicals. This leaves all food scraps; veggies that have turned, left overs, dinner scraps, chicken fat, fruit and veggie peels, onion and garlic skins, grass clippings and the list goes on and on! Because GTG composts on such a large scale, they can take meat and bones which are not recommended for composting at home! The less compostable waste we put into landfills, keeps our carbon footprint lower and feeds the Earth! And let’s face it WE NEED EARTH!

One of those coolest things about these folks is that you get back what you put in. Each week, customers are able to request compost drop off. Through their website, you can submit a request for up to 4 weeks of compost to be delivered to your home at the time of your curbside pickup. How cool is that? And let me tell you, this compost has made all the difference in my flower garden that is very close to the road. There is life there by way of worms and beautiful vibrant flowers exploding with blooms and attracting those lovely honey bees! The finished product that is delivered is pure gold! Dark, rich, odorless gold to be spread to throughout your property and bring natural, organic life to your garden! Use compost as your fertilizer and reap the benefits of this magic!    gtg

Possibly the best thing, in my opionion, is the GTG volunteer program. There are so many volunteering opportunities available to us! From hanging out at Riverbank Park in Westbrook at their table during The Maine Market on Saturdays, to bagging compost at their Riverside Street location, volunteers are able to earn free service! Yep, that’s right! Volunteers can participate in any one of the numerous volunteer opportunities and earn a free month of service. If you volunteer once a month, you could potentially never pay for this service with physical dollars and you will be helping the community with whatever volunteer option you choose! It’s a win for everyone!

To become a part of GTG or to see a list of the volunteering options available, check out their website at http://garbagetogarden.org/ and see if they are in your area!

Doing your part just makes you feel good! Thank you Garbage to Garden for your hard work and your commitment to the community, the environment, and Maine! We love you!

 

(all photos from GTG Facebook page! Check them out)