Support Your Local Co-Op’s and Markets!

Recently, the only co-op in the Phoenix area, Gentle Strength, and a leader in locally grown, organic produce, went out of business.

Why?

Bottom line… not enough shoppers.

Sure there were probably a few other reasons, but the main one was lack of business.

It’s funny, though, everyone I talk to in the area is disappointed and saddened by the closing (as I was). However, I believe there was too much talk and not enough action.

If we want to have better, fresher, organic and locally grown choices, we have to support those organizations. Support them with our shopping dollars and with our help in letting others know about the organizations.

Personally, I’ll miss the co-op and the friends I’ve made there. They were the -only- central place to get fresh, locally grown greens and other produce. All the produce sold was organic and as much as possible was sourced locally. The only choices now are the national chains including Whole Foods and Wild Oats (now owned by Whole Foods), a few smaller chains and some traditional grocery chains that now carry some organic produce. I’m happy that they’re all carrying more organic foods, although little, if any, is locally grown. Whole Foods advertises ‘local’ although a quick walk through shows just a few locally grown out of over 200 produce items.

Alternative sources include farmers markets and visiting farms directly. I’ve found a few farms and frequent farmers markets on weekends and can find some of the same items. Although not as convenient, it’s a solution for now.

Find the local co-ops in your area and support them. It’s a fact, traditional companies will continue to market non-organic products and source all over the world unless we ‘vote’ with our dollars. Using as much locally grown organic produce not only supports your community and the environment, the food is also more nutritious and benefits your health.

We can make a difference.. just do it!

To your best health!

Mark

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What We’re Eating Now, Delicious Appetizers

Posted on January 15th, 2006 in Uncategorized by Vegan Raw Diet Advocate Comments Off on What We’re Eating Now, Delicious Appetizers

Appetizers are great, especially when they’re delicious and raw! Here’s a wonderful dish inspired by Living Nutrition Magazine… “Poppers”.

Here’s what you’ll need:

1-1/2 cups of sun dried tomatoes (soaked)
1 cup of macadamia nuts
Basil (about 10 leaves)
2 zucchini
1 pint large cherry tomatoes

Here’s how you make them:

First, soak the sun-dried tomatoes for about an hour. Drain and save the soak water. Process the macadamia nuts in a blender or a food processor. Then add the sun-dried tomatoes. You’ll want a nice pate-like consistency. If it’s too thick, add the soak water slowly. Lastly add the basil and finish processing.

Slice zucchini with a madolin or peeler into long, thin strips. Add the pate and roll up the zucchini slices. Scoop out the middle of the cherry tomatoes and fill them with pate. Arrange on a plate and garnish to your preference.

These were a real hit over the holidays with my family and friends. Great for veggies and meat eaters alike (you might even inspire a few friends).

Enjoy!

Mark
“The Raw Guy!”
Vegan Raw Diet

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