Organics, Organics Everywhere (Or Are They?)

I've been noticing a lot of blog conversations springing up lately on the use and consumption of organic foods and other responsible eating choices. I'm totally interested and have been trying to do my own research on where to find Community Supported Agriculture cooperative farms in the St. Louis area. So far, I've not found much.
I sent out my question to the various e-lists I'm on and am slowly starting to get a bit of info. I'm compiling what I'm finding here for my own ease of accessing the information at a later time. If you are in the know on St. Louis area CSAs or other local organic providing farmers/stores (aside from the obvious chain stores), I'd love to know about it.
St. Louis Specific Info:
Local Harvest Grocery – according to this news article, they sell organic milk for $1 cheaper per gallon than any other place I've looked in St. Louis (and I've looked at a lot of places). I will be definitely be making the 15 minute drive to this grocery very soon.
New Roots Urban Farm – I'm not sure yet what I can do with this one, but I'm thinking about organizing a field trip to find out more. Want to come?
Three Rivers Community Farm – This one isn't exactly in St. Louis, but I don't think it's that far. They are sold out for this year, but you can join their waiting list for next year.
Tower Grove Farmer's Market – There are a lot of farmer's markets around, which I knew already. I was a bit disillusioned, though, when I went to two of them my first and second summers in St. Louis and just found vendors selling off stuff that had to leave the shelves from the regular grocery stores. That wasn't what I was looking for at all. I know not all the markets do that, so I need to give it another whirl. This one looks promising as the Three Rivers Community Farm sells their items here as well. Since I can't get in their CSA this year, I might go try some of their goods from Tower Grove instead.
These are links that are not specific to St. Louis:
Lindsey has a great series up right now on making the switch to organic eating.
Jess has no longer allowed me to stick my head in the sand (or, shall we say, sugar?) regarding corn syrup. I am reading labels again now like crazy, so thanks, Jess.
Christy always has good posts on better eating.
I've seen the book Animal, Vegetable, Miracle written on very highly on many blogs lately, so I'm going to be reading it soon.
Anyone else have anything good to share?

11 thoughts on “Organics, Organics Everywhere (Or Are They?)

  1. Sally says:

    Getting the high fructose corn syrup out of your diet as much as possible is a very good idea. I think there is a big connection between the obesity epidemic and sodas sweetened with the stuff.
    I read your comment on Jess’s blog – I think you can use up what you have in your pantry slowly as you refuse to buy any more, not have to throw it out.
    Sally

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  2. Sally says:

    Getting the high fructose corn syrup out of your diet as much as possible is a very good idea. I think there is a big connection between the obesity epidemic and sodas sweetened with the stuff.
    I read your comment on Jess’s blog – I think you can use up what you have in your pantry slowly as you refuse to buy any more, not have to throw it out.
    Sally

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  3. Haley says:

    You can also use localharvest.org to find a CSA near you. Local coops also tend to have info about nearby CSAs.
    I love simplyserina.wordpress.com for inspiration and info about eating well, locally, and organically. Check her “food” tag for some gems in her archives.

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  4. mopsy says:

    We recently bought Coke bottled in Mexico. It is made with cane sugar instead of corn syrup. I *fully realize* that Coke isn’t exactly health food—but isn’t it nice to know it is out there when only a frosty and crisp beverage will do? And it comes in tall glass bottles like the old days. As an occasional treat, I don’t mind having it around. And there is a big difference in the taste. It seems lighter. The big drawback is that it is $$$$$$$$! That also keeps us from guzzling it.
    I have been trying to weed out HFCS from our menu, and Mexican Coke (that sounds kind of bad) has made it much less painful.

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  5. Monica says:

    Megan, I’m going to be following what you learn about this. I’m really interested in eating more organic – but truthfully, I’m scared of tripling our grocery bill. We live in a small area where we don’t have good access to things, so that makes it even harder. But, we’ve committed to organic milk and I’d love to continue to add gradually and subtract the bad stuff. Thanks for writing about this – guess I was kind of naive about high fructose corn syrup – will have to look into that too.
    Hope you are well – Monica

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  6. Haley says:

    You can also use localharvest.org to find a CSA near you. Local coops also tend to have info about nearby CSAs.
    I love simplyserina.wordpress.com for inspiration and info about eating well, locally, and organically. Check her “food” tag for some gems in her archives.

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  7. mopsy says:

    We recently bought Coke bottled in Mexico. It is made with cane sugar instead of corn syrup. I *fully realize* that Coke isn’t exactly health food—but isn’t it nice to know it is out there when only a frosty and crisp beverage will do? And it comes in tall glass bottles like the old days. As an occasional treat, I don’t mind having it around. And there is a big difference in the taste. It seems lighter. The big drawback is that it is $$$$$$$$! That also keeps us from guzzling it.
    I have been trying to weed out HFCS from our menu, and Mexican Coke (that sounds kind of bad) has made it much less painful.

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  8. Monica says:

    Megan, I’m going to be following what you learn about this. I’m really interested in eating more organic – but truthfully, I’m scared of tripling our grocery bill. We live in a small area where we don’t have good access to things, so that makes it even harder. But, we’ve committed to organic milk and I’d love to continue to add gradually and subtract the bad stuff. Thanks for writing about this – guess I was kind of naive about high fructose corn syrup – will have to look into that too.
    Hope you are well – Monica

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  9. mopsy says:

    We found it at Costco (!) after looking at every carneceria and Mexican grocery store in the Denver metro area—and there are tons of them. There are all kinds of rumors about where to find it. It had been a six month long quest until we spotted it at Costco back in the pop section. We bought 48 bottles and are going back for more.
    Kosher Coke is also made with cane sugar, but it only comes out during Passover.

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