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Jun. 20, 2006
Keep your eyes peeled!
So, a few weeks ago, I was visiting my family in Virginia Beach, VA. At the grocery store, I noticed a small section of organic produce. As I was looking it over, I also noticed that it was packaged in a very unusual way (at least by California standards)—two pieces of fruit placed on a styrofoam tray and wrapped in several layers of plastic wrap! 

This caused me to stand there and contemplate the situation in front of me…should I buy the organic produce wrapped in toxic plastic or buy the conventional which is sitting in the open air? Finally, I chose the conventional. While I want to support the organic movement into all areas of the country, the plastic/styrofoam wrapping seemed like an indication that it may not be very fresh.

I think I'll write the store and ask them to sell bulk organic produce rather than individually packaged produce. The packaging isn't only bad for the Earth, but bad for the consumer too.

On a positive note, I did visit a local organic farm that participates in the local CSA (Community Supported Agriculture). The farm, New Earth Farm, is trying hard to get healthy, local produce out to the community. They pack up boxes of organic produce that you can come and pick up. It was very inspiring to visit the farm and talk to the passionate owner.

As these farms pop up all over the country, I encourage you to check for them in your area and join in! You can search for local farms by visiting Local Harvest. All you have to do is enter your zip code! 

What a better way to provide healthy food for your family and to support local farmers. Produce tastes so much better when it hasn't had to travel hundreds of miles to get to your table. You may be surprised that you can get a full load of fresh veggies grown within just 30 miles of your own home!
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