January 23, 2007
Happy New Year from LocalHarvest and welcome to the first LH newsletter of 2007!
The glitz and glimmer of the holidays have finally faded and we are turning
our attention to the promising year ahead. Specifically, and in our January
newsletter, we are turning our attention to a topic that is somewhat surprisingly
very much in the mainstream media at the moment - organics. Last month, we
considered the value of supporting local, non-corporate, 'main street' businesses
as an alternative to mall shopping in the face of holiday consumption and gift
giving. This month, as we kick off a new year, we continue to think about the
importance and value of buying local vs. corporate consumerism, but this time
with regards to the meaning and importance of the term "organic" and the organic
food movement. Here's to a beautiful New Year of cultivating community, fostering
sustainability, and living a more "organic" life!
Winter at the LocalHarvest Catalog:
Seeds: You know how highly picking out produce from a local farm or
market ranks on our list of life's great pleasures. But raising a
garden....well, that's right up there too! Our catalog
offers a huge selection of vegetable, herb, flower, fruit and tree seeds, produced by
America's family farmers. Late January is the perfect time to start
planning for spring!
CSAs: If growing your own isn't in your plans for this year, make sure
you get the freshest and best tasting produce all season by signing up
for a CSA. You'll get a box of the best of what's local delivered to
you, every week. And by ordering your seasonal subscription
through LocalHarvest, you'll get the ease of using your credit card and the good
feeling of knowing your supporting both this site and one of your local
farms. What could be better?
Fibers: Nothing takes the bluster out of winter like a new handicraft
project! LocalHarvest is fortunate to have connections with many
producers of fine fibers, the perfect thing for knitting, crocheting, or
spinning these cold evenings away. Visit our selection.
Valentine's Day: Thinking ahead to Valentine's Day? That's step one,
Romeo. Now all you need is a great idea -- something different,
something interesting. You'll find lots of sweet treats in our
Chocolate & Desserts,
Fruit departments. Or maybe your
sweetie would like some seeds, or a
handmade craft, or a
bouquet of organic flowers. Enjoy!
New Year, New "Organic"
For many people the New Year is a rejuvenating time for taking on new
challenges, committing ourselves to life-affirming resolutions or
recommitting ourselves to goals that we have previously set for ourselves
but may have let slide with the chaos of the holidays. Buying local and
buying organic are two goals that are increasingly on many peoples
lists, and with the increasing availability of organic foods, the second
of these goals is becoming easier for people around the country to commit
With "Organic" becoming so pervasive, it is important that we look at
what is happening to the meaning of the term, and to consider what the
current marketing trends are doing to the "organic food" movement and
what the effects of this are on small farms.
Mega chain stores such as Wal-Mart, Costco, Wegmans, Safeway, to name a few,
are now selling organic food items often at lower prices than can be
found in our local mom-and-pop co-ops, farmers' markets, or natural food
stores. A lot of these new organic food items to hit the supermarkets are
now being produced by major food processors such as Kellogg and Kraft, who
are still pumping out Rice Krispies and macaroni and cheese, but now with
As always, thanks for your interest in and support of LocalHarvest.org! See you next
month, and until then, take good care and eat well!