Healthy Food Options

Let’s talk about food, baby, let’s talk about you and me …eating fresh, nutritious food! 

This means eating foods with less toxins, pesticides, or empty “fillers” and instead, eating Organic and/or Local. This isn’t such a foreign concept and should be music to your health. 

According to an article in Reader's Digest: Before WW2, all crops were organic.  It was only afterward that farms used new, synthetic pesticides and chemicals to minimize weed, insects and rodent damage.  What's not new?  Many worry about the long-term effects of ingesting chemical residues from "conventional" produce (i.e, sprayed crops) as well as the impact these treatments have had on our planet and our resources.  Yikes!
 

Eating organic doesn’t have to break the bank because you can eat healthy and pesticide free on a budget. Giant companies like Walmart, Stop & Shop, and Whole foods are making efforts to help everyone access organic food at more reasonable rates. 

Note:  Whole Foods is now owned by Amazon and if you have Amazon Prime, then you receive additional savings. 

However, to get to your plate, most food travels over 1,000 miles—even organic food. So, better yet, try to buy local. Not only does this help our environment, shopping local brings dollars back to our community. Face it, we live in an extremely agricultural state full of fresh fish, vegetables, grass fed meat, farms, etc. You can find local Farmers’ Markets and stands from the East End of Long Island to Brooklyn to upstate NY. Let’s not forget about the fresh farm stands in surrounding states such as NJ, CT, and PA. It doesn’t make sense to live in our area and eat a diet that is predominately made up of processed food. 



Check out these guides to locations and schedules of local Farmers Markets:

https://northforker.com/2019/05/2019-guide-to-long-island-farmers-markets/

https://www.ediblelongisland.com/2019/06/19/our-guide-to-long-islands-farmers-markets

https://www.grownyc.org/greenmarket/ourmarkets

By The Way:

  • Once July hits, New Yorkers can buy fresh fish, meats, cheeses, and produce locally. Calories can be burned walking around farmer’s markets while you scout for beautiful local vegetables, home spun soaps, wild honey, and artisan sourdough breads. 

  • Some of the smaller farms may not be certified organic, but may use organic methods with no pesticides, etc.  

  • When it comes to fish and ocean life, there are no federal regulations that makes something “sustainable” or “organic.” Be wary of any fishmonger advertising his/her seafood as organic. 

  • July and August are great months to burn calories at the farms picking ripe raspberries, blackberries, peaches and nectarines. Visitors can also search for their own eggplant, tomatoes and peppers depending on daily availability. 

This is Loretta, she has a small farm in East Islip, NY.  Here, she’s picking fresh kale and yellow beets for me as I watch her chickens peck around in the open grass. I know she raises her produce with organic methods and feeds her chickens the same including organic feed.  I visit her garden throughout the summer and fall to buy in-season herbs, eggs, produce, breads and pies, from her farm to my table.  “Loretta’s Organic Vegetables, Grown with LOV from seed to harvest.

Have your family join you in burning calories.  Some farms have children’s activities including pony riders, mazes, gardening, water bouncers, produce picking, and animal petting zoos.

Check out these guides to locations and schedules for family farms:

http://www.afpz.org/
https://harbesfamilyfarm.com/
http://www.whitepostfarms.com/

While exploring around White Post Farms you can meet “Patches the Giraffe” and the baby, Ollie, along with birds, monkeys, and a variety of other interesting characters.