Eating Healthy Local Organic Food in Rockland County

Dated: 02/23/2013

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Nowadays, people seem to be more conscious of what they are putting into their bodies.  The old saying, “We are what we eat” has never been truer.  More and more genetically modified food is being produced and used in much of the processed food we see on our grocer’s shelves.  Pesticides are sprayed on everything from delicate greens, herbs, vegetables, and fruits as well as wheat, rice, oats, and the like,  all so that it looks beautiful and lasts longer in our refrigerator or pantry.  Animals are fed grains laced with hormones and encouraged not to roam freely in order to produce meats, poultry, and dairy products that fill our bellies and the sellers’ pocketbooks. (Notice I did not mention anything about taste!)  At the same time, the number of obese children and adults has skyrocketed.  Not only that, the number of food allergies in children and adults has also grown exponentially in the last 15 years.  It doesn’t take a genius to figure out that there is definitely a connection between how food is grown and produced and the population’s health.

With that said, it stands to reason that society is asking more of our food industry.  And it all starts locally. Here in Rockland County, we are so fortunate to have a number of health food stores that stock a variety of beautiful, hearty, TASTY organic fruits and vegetables (many grown locally when in season), as well as meats and dairy products that are free range, grass fed, and hormone free.  The Hungry Hollow Co-op in Chestnut Ridge is my favorite because I live there, but A Matter of Health in Nanuet, Back to Earth in New City and Nyack, and Organica in Northvale are thriving business as well.  These small local grocery stores also provide a wonderful community atmosphere where friends meet and catch up on the news of the day.  However, you do not necessarily need to go to the local health food store to buy organic food anymore.  Many supermarkets such as the A&P Fresh, Shop Rite, and Stop & Shop also carry a variety of organic foods and vegetables, not to mention green products….which is a whole other blog post. Lastly, during the summer and fall, local farmers’ markets will stock fresh fruits, vegetables, dairy products, and meats that would compare to, if not surpass any commercial vender’s merchandise.

Another important reason to buy organically grown food is to support the growers who are usually small, independent farmers.  The more we buy, the more they produce, the less expensive it will be. We’ve already seen this in action. Prices for organic food have gone down compared to a few years ago.    I, for one, try to buy organically grown food for all of the reasons mentioned above, but especially for taste and quality.  If you don’t believe me, just compare lettuces the next time you’re out shopping and you decide.  

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Mary Lovera

In today’s world, our relationships are very important so much so that The Right Relationships can make all the difference. This year marks my 20th year in Real Estate. In that time, I’ve happ....

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  • Posted by jocelyn DeCrescenzo
    really well done Mary!!!- Jossie

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