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The Ultimate Green Store has a ton of post and preconsumer supplies as well as TONS of other eco-friendly and organic products for your household.

 

Summer is here- Support Local Produce And Co-ops

Summer is here- Support Local Produce And Co-ops

Summertime features some of the tastiest and freshest fruit around. I love to check out what the local farmers are selling to inspire me to make incredible deserts and snacks.

(I have no green thumb and have had little success gardening here in the desert of Phoenix, so I really depend on the other local folks to grow organic produce for my family.)

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Wordless Wednesday- Organic Farm! 5/21/14

Somehow I had never heard of this organic farm- Singh Farms in Scottsdale. This weekend we got to check it out and we had a great time. We picked up some incredible organic produce and got to walk around the farm to see where it was all grown.

It is so important to try to eat organic and non GMO, and supporting a local organic farm is the best way I can think of to achieve both of these goals. It can be a little tricky in Phoenix, since we do not have the same growing seasons as everywhere else, and what can be grown is somewhat limited, unless extreme measures are taken. I am a horrible gardener, and have never been able to keep much alive besides citrus. And even that is questionable in my yard.. lol.

I am amazed at the way that this organic farm has integrated shade into the design, which gives them an extended growing season in this desert environment. The sun is doom for most gardens here.

There are some fascinating grounds here- you can see chickens and there are benches and little nooks to enjoy the farm, shaded! My daughter wandered about and touched and smelled and just giggled and laughed at being able to see so many awesome things.

I guess the farm closes in June, so we won’t be able to go again this month. I am really bummed! We got the best veggies and some insanely good tasting eggs.

There is a mad rush when the store opens at 8 and things sell out fast, so if you are planning on going, plan ahead. Dress cool. Wear close toed shoes unless you want dirty feet.. lol.

If you get tired, you can sit at this little shaded patio and chill out. My daughter thought this table was pretty cool. She didn’t want to leave, and who can blame her? Going to an organic farm is fun!

Fun times at organic farm

Fun times at organic farm

Organic Ideas, Part I Green Shopping

Green shopping can be a challenge. Depending on where you live the resources vary as well as prices and quality.

Grocery shopping for organics can be pretty hit or miss for most stores. Although many are increasing their items on a regular basis, the variety is usually pretty thin, and the prices are not terribly good. I find the following 2 places a great source for my organic food here in Phoenix.

Trader Joes

Whole Foods

For the very best of organics, however, buy local. Try your local farmers market. They are much cheaper and fresher than any grocery store could ever be. In the Phoenix area, despite being in a desert, we have some very nice growers that feature some delicious produce.

Here are a few great farms, some with delivery and visits available and their links:

www.crookedskyfarms.com

www.blueskyorganicfarms.com

www.desertrootsfarm.com

www.myfarmyard.com

If you want a regular pickup of organic fruits and vegetables, I highly suggest utilizing Bountiful Baskets

A great market you may want to try is Roadrunner Park, at Cactus and Greenway. Saturday mornings in the park are awesome. Bring your dog and after a nice shopping trip you can enjoy a nice walk about. Although some of the vendors do take credit cards, it may be prudent to bring cash, your own cloth shopping bags, and a healthy imagination of all the recipes you can create with bags of fresh goodies.

Farmers markets are not just for food of course. You can pick up some handmade soaps, household items, or sometimes you can even get a chair massage if one of the vendors are present. The markets are open all year, except holidays, so if its summer, wear a hat and some sunscreen, drink plenty of water and you are on your way.

You can check out a list on http://www.arizonafarmersmarkets.com/ and make your own favorite market.

I don’t think there is a better deal in town for fresh produce than this. You need to sign up during a certain window, and pickup during a certain window, but its fast and easy and so worth it. They are available in several states as well, so it isn’t just for Arizona.

More to come fair readers… please let me know if there is a topic you are looking for next- I am happy to oblige!


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