Fairy Post Weekly

Happy Tuesday, Mainahs!

It is happening, folks!!! LOCAL PRODUCE IS ROOOOOOLLLLIING IN!!! Can you feel my EXCITEMENT!?!?!?!?!?! AHHHHHHHHHHH!!! This is also the first time we have STRAWBERRIES!!!

LOCAL GOSH DARN STRAWBERRIES!!!!! AHHHHHHHHHHHHHH!!!! Sorry, I’m freaking out over here. HOLY MOLY! Breathe, Jillian, Breathe!

Ok, so, whoa…rockin’ your dooryahds fresh from the MAINE farms we are featuring some yummy Red Russian Kale, Bibb Lettuce, Hakeuri Turnip, and STRAWBERRIES! (There is more baby…there is more but

I won’t spoil the surprise) 

Recipe Of The Week: Glazed Hakurei Turnips

Alright, time to get serious! I can’t tell you how happy I am to be your produce lady. These past couple weeks all of you came together to help a cause very near to my heart. BECAUSE OF YOU, together, we were

able to donate $348 to our buddy, Beckett, and help put his family over the $5k mark in their efforts to raise money for his new legs. Partly because of us, Beckett, will have a better life. You know how much that ROCKS!!

Our little network of produce junkies have helped so many people while eating organic together. We are on an amazing journey together and I can’t wait to see all of the people near and far we can help together. My heart 

swells to think of what we can accomplish together. If any one of you knows of a cause or a family that needs help please don’t hesitate to reach out to me. My email is jillian@cascobayorganics.com. I will get right back

to you. My door is always open. Thank you all so much! With that being said…..

Give back Item Of The Week: Soap Bars

Don’t Forget– We have GIFT CERTIFICATES !!!! You can purchase them right through our site for your friends and family for all your Father’s Day 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 [email protected] 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!

Have a fantastic day,

Jillian

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! 

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!!!