Buying organic. What to buy?

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When buying organic, especially in a supermarket, you can easily become overwhelmed. It’s sometimes hard to decide which items you should be buying organic and which items it is ok to skip over. You can find just about anything from organic tooth paste and laundry detergent to cereal and diapers. The question is, what are the items you REALLY should be buying organic and which items can we live without? When you buy something organic you are buying it because of a few reasons. Maybe because it’s more nutritious, healthier, humanely raised, grown and ripened naturally.

The most important products to buy organic are your produce, meats, vegetables, dairy, and eggs. It is very important to buy organic fruits and vegetables where the skin is eaten. Organic doesn’t always mean healthy; you’ll find items such as organic chips, candy, and frozen foods. Some of these items you can skip over. They are more expensive and lose mostly all their nutrition in the pre-packing process. Always read labels when buying organic pre-packed items and make sure ALL the ingredients are organic in the ingredient label not just ONE. Below you will find information on the “Dirty Dozen” and “Clean Fifteen” from the Environmental Working Group’s website. The EWG lists the fruits and vegetables that should be bought organic and which ones you can live without buying in organic.

Highlights of Dirty Dozen™ 2015

EWG singles out produce with the highest pesticide loads for its Dirty Dozen™ list. This year, it is comprised of apples, peaches, nectarines, strawberries, grapes, celery, spinach, sweet bell peppers, cucumbers, cherry tomatoes, imported snap peas and potatoes.
Each of these foods tested positive a number of different pesticide residues and showed higher concentrations of pesticides than other produce items.
Key findings:
99 percent of apple samples, 98 percent of peaches, and 97 percent of nectarines tested positive for at least one pesticide residue.
The average potato had more pesticides by weight than any other produce.
A single grape sample and a sweet bell pepper sample contained 15 pesticides.
Single samples of cherry tomatoes, nectarines, peaches, imported snap peas and strawberries showed 13 different pesticides apiece.
The Clean Fifteen™

EWG’s Clean Fifteen™ list of produce least likely to hold pesticide residues consists of avocados, sweet corn, pineapples, cabbage, frozen sweet peas, onions, asparagus, mangoes, papayas, kiwis, eggplant, grapefruit, cantaloupe, cauliflower and sweet potatoes. Relatively few pesticides were detected on these foods, and tests found low total concentrations of pesticides on them.
Key findings:
Avocados were the cleanest: only 1 percent of avocado samples showed any detectable pesticides.
Some 89 percent of pineapples, 82 percent of kiwi, 80 percent of papayas, 88 percent of mango and 61 percent of cantaloupe had no residues.
No single fruit sample from the Clean Fifteen™ tested positive for more than 4 types of pesticides.
Multiple pesticide residues are extremely rare on Clean Fifteen™ vegetables. Only 5.5 percent of Clean Fifteen samples had two or more pesticides.
See the full list (http://www.ewg.org/foodnews/summary.php).

The definition of “organic,” according to the Organic Foods Production Act (OFPA): Animal products sold or labeled as organically produced are not given any kind of antibiotics or growth hormones, are only fed with organic feed and are not administered any type of medication aside from vaccinations or to treat an illness. Fruits and vegetables that are labeled and sold as organic are grown without using most pesticides or fertilizers with synthetic ingredients; there is no irradiation treatment; seeds and transplants are chemical-free; the fertilizer is natural (http://www.eatingwell.com/food_news_origins/organic_natural/why_buy_organic_7_questions_about_organics_answered?page=2).

Hopefully this information will help you eat cleaner and smarter when it comes to organic.

Organiworks

Organiworks is a local, small business that sells natural and organic products for your body, baby and home. All the products and ingredients are tested to make sure they are safe and efficient.

I use many of these products here in the daycare including; sunscreen, bug spray, hand soap, hand sanitizer, surface cleaner, bathroom cleaner, and disinfecting wipes. Love them all!

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Visit the website below for a list of all products.

http://www.organiworks.net

Healthy Living Market

I recently went shopping at the Healthy Living Market in Saratoga Springs. By purchasing just a few very simple ingredients, I could make three tasty lunches for the daycare that the children loved!

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The first meal I made from Healthy Living Market was a quiche. I used fresh organic eggs, organic broccoli, organic cheese, Batternkill milk, fresh boneless ham and organic whole wheat pie shells. I combined the ingredients and baked at 350 degrees for 45 minutes. Making the quiche couldn’t have been easier, it turned out wonderful, and the children loved it!

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The second lunch time meal I made from Healthy Living was a hearty ham and cheese sandwich. I used organic whole wheat bread, organic slow cooked ham, organic cheese and natural mustard. I removed the crust with a round cookie cutter. The children ate every bite and asked for seconds!

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The third meal I made from Healthy Living Market was lemon roasted chicken. I used a whole chicken (brand Smart Chicken), fresh lemons with zest, olive oil, lemon thyme, rosemary, and sea salt. Combine all the ingredient in a measuring cup and pour over the chicken. Cover with foil and cook for an hour and a half on 400 degrees. Remove the foil towards the end of cooking to allow to brown. This chicken came out of the oven so juicy and tender. The children really enjoyed it.

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All the ingredients from Healthy Living Market in Saratoga Springs are fresh and natural. I could find everything I was looking for and more. If you haven’t already, take a trip to the Healthy Living Market and browse the store. You will not be disappointed!

Homemade

Proper nutrition is a significant part of raising healthy children. Feeding children fresh, organic, and non-processed foods is a main goal here at Jumper Bean. Almost all of the children’s meals and snacks are organic and made right here in our kitchen.

At Jumper Bean, we allow the children to try new foods and become familiar with fruits and vegetables in both their raw and cooked states. Children are never forced to eat, but always encouraged to try.

You can do so much with potatoes, milk, cheese and spices.
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Fresh cranberries with orange makes a delicious cranberry sauce.
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Fresh organic ingredients.
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Batternkill Creamery

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Jumper Bean is on the weekly delivery route for Batternkill Valley Creamery’s healthy and wholesome products.

Batternkill Valley Creamery provides premium quality dairy products that are guaranteed “fresh, local, and all natural.” Batternkill Creamery pledges to their customers that they do not and will not use pesticides, insecticides, or artificial growth hormones in their products (http://www.battenkillcreamery.com).

New York’s Premium Quality Local Milk and Dairy Products
Battenkill Valley Creamery is a growing dairy business founded by Donald and Seth McEachron (4th and 5th generation farmers, respectively.) In February of 2008 Donald and Seth began processing and bottling milk on their family farm in Salem, NY. In February of 2009 they started making their truly homemade, super premium ice cream. BVC’s milk is all-natural and 100% traceable.

We recently won the award for the HIGHEST QUALITY MILK IN NEW YORK STATE. We were presented the title on August 30th 2010 at the State Fair in Syracuse, NY.The title was awarded by Cornell University’s Department of Food Science. To receive this award we competed against twenty-three milk producers, from Saratoga Springs to Buffalo, NY. Battenkill Valley Creamery is the first Farmer/Producer/Bottler to ever receive this prestigious award! We are overjoyed and extremely honored to have won this award. We want to thank all of our local and loyal customers for supporting our business and buying Truly Local and “the #1 Milk in NYS!” We will continue to strive towards providing you the highest quality in Milk and Ice Cream for years to come.

Sincerely, Seth McEachron (Co-Founder/Owner)

To learn more and to purchase Batternkill’s wonderful products visit their website at http://www.battenkillcreamery.com.