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Local Sources of Organically Grown Foods

posted Mar 26, 2011, 12:36 PM by Al Jacobus

For those of you who have seen the documentary Food, Inc., and were looking for alternative food choices, I am dubbing this column "Food Un-Inc."

Here are my discoveries:

Saturday morning Farmers’ Market at Sunrise & Folsom (8:00 a.m. to Noon; open all year): Lots of organically grown fruits and vegetables. Also, look for the farmer from IONE. He sells 100% pasture raised beef. Ruth says the ground beef is an affordable $5 per lb., other cuts being more expensive.

Raley's/Bel Air stores and Trader Joe's have organic (but not always 100% pasture raised) beef and chicken plus a small produce section.

The SNFC - Sacramento Natural Foods Coop, on Alhambra and S in Sacramento, has as complete a selection of organic, pasture raised chicken, beef and pork as I used to see at Corti Brothers! You do not have to be a member in order to shop there.

We have right near the Arden-Dimick library where we hold some of our monthly meetings, a local organic farm on Hurley Way just past Morse near the high school, called, Soil Born Farms. They are one of the farms which supplies SNFC, but they also offer something called CSAs. CSA means " Community Supported Agriculture." You subscribe for a $25 per week produce box and choose a specific day and time each week for your pick-up. Two neighbors and I joined a year ago, splitting one box three ways. It frequently could feed four. You learn a lot about what "in season" means. We get herbs, lots of veggies, and a little fruit. At the farm, you can also purchase eggs for about $6 per dozen plus you can meet and talk to the hennies! You will also find flowers in the summer. Soil Born Farms is an urban agriculture project which allows youth and adults to rediscover and participate in a system of food production and distribution that promotes healthy living, nurtures the environment and brings people together to share the simple pleasures of living life in harmony with nature. Check out their website.

Note on the shock you may go through when first buying organic, especially locally produced It IS more expensive in the short term and you are paying twice: first for the living wage based, labor intensive, caringly produced product and second through taxes for corporate welfare to keep their products cheap and wages in your neighborhood low.

This includes their legal status as a "person" with rights, juxtaposed with no rights for nature, animals or "consumers", resulting in heavy pesticide/herbicide/fungicide/chemical fertilizer use all of which poison our environment and the food we eat. In addition they can be cumulatively carcinogenic and neurotoxins. If the rules were democratic and fair, the choice would be easier to make. But with peak fossil fuels becoming more scarce (last report petroleum production was declining at 8% per annum) and the consequences of global climate change, not only will it become very expensive to ship food from 1500 to 2500 miles away, but the fossil fuel "inputs" used for growing food will be more costly, so buying locally will start to seem more real, attractive, and affordable.

In the next column I will list other farms some of which deliver locally.

Find more information on local farmers’ markets in the resources section of this website.

Roger Over & Out,

Your Roving Local Food Correspondent


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