Tuesday, February 8, 2011

Live Webcast Recap & Organic Resources

If you watched & participated via instant message in last night's webcast I did with Angela over at The Coupon Project, we promised that we would provide you with some resources for finding organic food near you. This is by no means a complete list, but rather a few places to start your journey.

If there are additional resources you know of, leave a comment & share with us!

National Resources
  • EatWild: A great resource that offers a state by state guide to farmers who raise their livestock on pastures. There are farmers who offer beef, lamb, poultry, pork, eggs, honey, & more. Note that not all of these farms are organic; you need to click on the individual links to view their farming practices. (Here is the Washington state list & the state by state list of farms that provide shipping.)
  • Slow Food USA: Their tag line says it all: "Supporting Good, Clean, and Fair Food." This is an excellent resource to educate yourself on our food supply & includes a state by state list of local chapters (get involved!).
  • Local Harvest: A great site for finding farmers markets, family farms, CSA's, co ops, & more. Click on your state to find sources near you.

Washington Resources

  • Thundering Hooves: Pasture finished meats raised in the Walla Walla Valley with 40 neighborhood delivery locations in Portland, the Tri-Cities, & the Puget Sound region. They offer beef, pork, lamb, chicken & more. Note that Thundering Hooves pastures are certified organic, however the meat itself is not certified organic. They do use organic principals in their production & don't use hormones or antibiotics, though.
  • Skagit River Ranch: Selling certified organic Angus beef, organic pasture raised chickens, organic eggs, & field raised natural pork.
  • WA State Farmer's Market Association: Information on & a list of farmer's markets in Washington.

Thanks, Angela for inviting me to participate in your webcast! I had a great time & I hope everyone found it informative & fun.

8 comments:

  1. Oh my heavens, you have NO idea how excited I am!! How did I not know about Local Harvest? I found a flexible, inexpensive CSA in our area (I have been looking forever) and fun local farms with kids activities. Heather, you have just made my entire day!!!

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  2. I have a 10 month old baby and have been looking for local, hormone free, organic products for him. Usually I'm limited to what my grocery store has in stock (not a lot in N. Louisiana, let me tell ya), so I was sooooo happy to see your list. I just discovered a whole another world that apparently exists all around my city. I just can't thank you enough, I had no idea there were so many local organic farms (both vegetable/fruit and meat/poultry) around here. Thank you, thank you, thank you!

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  3. Awww, you guys are so sweet! I'm so happy you found local resources; both your families & your local economies will benefit! :)

    (Melody, thanks for the shout out on your FB wall!)

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  4. Thundering Hooves has THE best beef and pork around! I've been buying from them for almost five years now, and still can't stop raving about them! Great product, and a GREAT family run farm. You can feel really good feeding your family their meat.

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  5. Krys, I love that you don't have to order a half a cow at a time or anything like that from Thundering Hooves. Some people simply can't store all that meat, so it's nice to have a farm that offers more realistic quantities. I'm so glad you left a comment letting us know you love the quality!

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  6. I love Thundering Hooves too, I always wait for their 72 hour sales and then order as much as we can afford. You can split the orders over a few different delivery dates, too, and still get the great price. They have a cap on the items, of course, but since we don't have a big freezer that's fine by us. Also, there is a coupon in the Chinook Book for $10 off of a $50 order, so sometimes I get really great deals.

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  7. Corinne, good to know you can space out the delivery & still get the reduced rates! Where do you find out about the 72 hour sales? Is it their newsletter or something else? Please share! :)

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