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Thursday, April 19, 2007

Fresh Picks for a Fresh Start


  Produce at Sweet Earth 
  Originally uploaded by Foodmomiac.

Thank you all so much for your thoughts on my school lunches post. I have plenty more to say on the matter, and will continue to post about it. For a long time now, I've thought that a grassroots blogger movement could do wonders to improve the availability of local and/or organic food to a wider audience. Even if we start with something small.

What if all of the bloggers who wanted to make a change put a small badge on their website (any graphic designers out there)? And what if every blogger with a badge committed to writing once a week (once a month?) about issues related to bringing quality, real food to all children. Don't you think that would help bring about a change?

In terms of OUR household, I've been thinking a lot about what I can do to change the way our family eats. We are pretty good, but I'm amazed at how much junk food accumulates somehow. The Easter candy alone is overwhelming. I am going to get rid of all of that crap this weekend (and will document it with photos). Also, we received an order tonight from Fresh Pick.

I read about Fresh Picks in the Chicago Reader last month. It sounded awesome, but I had just started doing the Peapod thing, and I wasn't ready to branch out yet. But, after I wrote about school lunches earlier in the week, I got a comment from Kim telling me to try Fresh Picks. I decided that the time had come for me to put my money ($46.30 to be exact) where my mouth was.

All I've tried so far are the homemade dried cranberries from Sandhill Farm in Vesper, WI, but those were AWESOME. I'm very excited for the other produce, especially the mache and chives, both of which were grown in Chicago proper.

What have you done lately to change your family's eating habits? What do you think you CAN do?

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