For those who create their shopping list based on the availability of local organic produce, July is most notable for its steadiness and abundance. Four farm and the farmers who own them are profiled: Rent’s Due Ranch, Nash’s Organic Produce, Full Circle Farm and River Valley Organics.
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Sound Consumer, July 2008
Two significant developments involving our food system warrant a heads up this month. They involve 1) the U.S. government’s decision to stop tracking pesticide use on food crops, and 2) a surprising report on the industrial treatment of livestock.
Editor’s note: If you’re one of the PCC staff or members who participated in a February bike drive for school children in Togo, here’s a letter passing on heartfelt thanks. If you missed the February bike drive, there’s still time to extend a helping hand — from our co-op to Alaffia’s co-op, halfway around the world.
Freezer jam is fun and easy to make! It’s also a delicious way to enjoy the lower prices of local, seasonal berries and fruit all year-round. See our recipe for No-Cook Freezer Jam (including tips on making jams and jellies using Pomona Pectin Powder sold at all PCC stores) and stir up a batch for the taste of summer in a jar.
As petroleum costs soar, energy-intensive farmers and ranchers will be considering their options. They may focus on finding markets for their products as close to home as possible before looking in other areas. Non-organic producers especially will have to reconsider their dependence on petroleum-based agricultural chemicals.
(Chico, Calif.) — Highway 99 narrows to two lanes, a northbound gray ribbon vanishing into distant almond orchards. On either side, a sea of exuberantly green grass wears the morning dew in the early light.
We think you’ll agree that the enormous, local, organic blueberries that PCC sells under the Many Hands label are the most delicious, colossal blueberries found anywhere.
Patronizing certain local restaurants as well as local grocers is a great way to benefit local farmers. One of these restaurants, The Grange Café, deserves special notice because of its strong commitment to sourcing local organic foods from several PCC Farmland Trust farms.
Farm worker justice · Support for EWG · GM soy · Diacetyl · The case for supplements · Bottled water · Fluoridated drinking water
PCC support for fair labor communities · Salmon habitat saved in Ballard · Climate change worse in the West · Home gardens increasing · New sustainable agriculture program · Coffee and tea don’t raise breast cancer risk · GM corn contaminates 35 kilometres · Detox with chlorella · Bisphenol A lawsuit · Coffee before cereal boosts blood sugar · Ranchers leery of beef packer merger · US consumers want GM labels
PCC 2008 election results · Board report · PCC member benefit with Zipcar