facebooktwitterRSS
- Advertisement -
  • Most Commentedmost commented up
  • Most Emailedmost emailed up
  • Popularmost popular up

Poland


Residential
5 bedroom, 6 bath
$395000


Poland


Residential
4 bedroom, 7 bath
$899900


- Advertisement -
- Advertisement -
 

« Project Mom

Finding Organic Food in Youngstown

By Geniene P. (Contact)


Published October 10, 2008

Community Supported Agriculture

What a find when I saw Grow Youngstown’s flyer about Community Supported Agriculture.  I could get locally grown, fresh organic vegetables through a farm share!  From early June through September, I would pick up a bushel full of organic fruits and vegetables at a consistent, specified location straight from Steve Beck’s farm.  My pickup location was in Girard, just off Belmont and Rt. 11.  Next season Grow Youngstown will expand to Downtown Youngstown and potentially Boardman/Canfield pending interest in those areas. Membership fills up quickly contact them soon.  It has been a wonderful experience, with nice people and very affordable.

Safe Meat

A great advantage of living in our area is access to Amish farms where their animals are raised without antibiotics and hormones.  Since it is too difficult for me to drive out to PA and visit these farms, I rely on the great team at Catullo Meats to supply meat from area Amish farmers. I love how Danny and the rest of his team remember my face and are so nice with customer service.  I only need small portions for my daughter and myself but can easily fulfill large orders for my extended family.  They will cut meat up for me, allow me to order over the phone and send e-mails with recipes and weekly specials (plus have coupons in the JB Dollar Stretcher magazine).

Small Markets

I have also found many of the brands sold at Whole Foods at Cindy’s Health & Vitality Center on the north side of town and Natural Health Foods on Market Street on the south side.  There are often good sales at these small locations as well as natural bath and body products and health care.  White House Fruit Farm is also a good place to find organic dairy as well as locally grown fruits (non-organic but locally grown is very healthy, too - a different topic altogether) in their Superstore.  They have a stellar cheese selection.

Grocery Food Chains

I have been pleasantly surprised with the growing organic section at Giant Eagle.  They were lowering the prices on some items (like frozen veggies and cream cheese) in the last six months but I just noticed they raised them again.  This is disappointing because now I’ll have to take my coolers to Whole Foods or Trader Joe’s in Pittsburgh or Cleveland when I visit friends there to stock up (which is what I was doing when I first moved here).  They also have a good, private label Nature’s Basket selection.  Unfortunately, their offering of organic fresh fruits and vegetables is spotty and one has to be diligent with inspecting items.  They do have good specials on natural meats and I tend to purchase items only when they have the extra promotional discount and freeze them if I don’t immediately intend to cook with them.  I’ll include Marc’s here because they are a large retailer.  They have a consistent supply of fresh and packaged organic items that I have heard are often off of trucks that have finished delivering to Whole Foods (but are much cheaper at Marc’s).  I don’t depend upon their flyer to tell me what they have, because they don’t often list much organic produce, but stop there almost weekly to see what is new.  One thing I need to point out, they won't accept any coupons printed from the internet which keeps me from purchasing more from Marc's.

Just Start a Garden

I have to say that one of the things I love about being back in Youngstown is having a big backyard where I can plant a garden.  It was so much fun to start some of my plants by seed (or buy starter plants at Lonardo’s, Home Depot or Lowe’s) and watch them grow all summer long.  Talk about a cheap way to get organic!  I will plan next year’s garden around the list of produce with the highest pesticides as much as possible.

Coupons Coupons Coupons

I save anywhere from $5-$10 using coupons for my organic purchases.  All one has to do is register on their favorite brand’s website (this goes for almost any brand organic or not).  Many brands have a “promotions/special offers/coupons” section or will e-mail you coupons once you register on their site.  I have a separate e-mail address just for these sites to keep the spam at bay.  My favorite sites are www.stonyfield.com, www.horizonorganic.com and www.organicvalley.com. 

What do I need organic?

We are all trying to cut costs these days but want to be as healthy as possible. In general, dairy and meats are on the top of the list of organic food.  I actually carry a card with me from the Environmental Working Group which lists the “dirty dozen” and “cleanest 12” for produce.  The dirty dozen list is as follows Peaches, apples, sweet bell peppers, celery, nectarines, strawberries, cherries, lettuce, grapes (imported), pears, spinach and potatoes.  You can print your own list here www.foodnews.org.

I’m sure there are other outlets for organic food in town and there are some I haven’t mentioned (mostly because they are much pricier than the above listed).  I also know that some of our local farmers grow organic but haven't gone through the process of getting the USDA Organic seal which is fine with me.  Please share your know-how on locally grown food (also very healthy) and organic food outlets, too!


Comments

1lucy(123 comments)posted 5 years, 11 months ago

Oh no, most of my favorites are on the dirty dozen list! Now, here's my question, are they still dirty if I clean them really, really well?

Suggest removal:

2projectgeniene(87 comments)posted 5 years, 11 months ago

I know if you peel the skin off some fruits it helps to reduce the pesticides. If you notice, the fruits & veggies on the list aren't usually peeled which is one reason why the pesticide level is high. There is also debate about buying local which can sometimes be a better quality for taste and health than getting organic shipped in from another country. I plan on trying to plant as much as possible on that list next year. Regarding cleaning fruit, that stuff they sell in the produce section is a rip off. Use a veggie brush & water to get the best results.

Suggest removal:



News
Opinion
Entertainment
Sports
Marketplace
Classifieds
Records
Discussions
Community
Help
Forms
Neighbors

HomeTerms of UsePrivacy StatementAdvertiseStaff DirectoryHelp
© 2014 Vindy.com. All rights reserved. A service of The Vindicator.
107 Vindicator Square. Youngstown, OH 44503

Phone Main: 330.747.1471 • Interactive Advertising: 330.740.2955 • Classified Advertising: 330.746.6565
Sponsored Links: Vindy Wheels | Vindy Jobs | Vindy Homes | Pittsburgh International Airport