Archive for July, 2011

Photo: Coombs Old Country Market complete with goats on roof

Photo: Old Country Market “muncher” (close up)

This market is organic, inside and UPside! Check out the goats on the sod roof “mowing the lawn”!

Norweigan immigrants Kristian Graaten and wife Solveig were the original creators of Old Country Market in Coombs BC (just west of Nanaimo). 

“Many Norwegian homes and farm structures are built directly into the hillside with the sod roof becoming an extension of the hillside. With the help of sons, Svein and Andy, and son-in-law, Larry, Kris unwittingly began to build what would become perhaps the most famous sod-roof building in the world.” [Source: Old Country Market]

The goats came later…Old Country Market is seasonal. “

“When the goats come on the roof for the season it’s a big thing,” said Blain Sepos, executive director of the Oceanside Tourism Association. “People are tweeting about it; it’s all over Facebook. It’s definitely a big attraction.” [Source: Times Columnist, Victoria]
[For more information, visit Old Country Market online.  A video cam will soon be available online, if you want to watch the goats in “real time”!]

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Photo: Illustration by Stuart Bradford (New York Times)

Vegetables, fruits, and even animals can be certified “100 percent organic,” but what about people?

In a fascinating experiment — on himself — Dr. Alan Greene, a pediatrician and author in Danville, California, decided to find out. For three years Dr. Greene ate nothing but organic foods, whether at home, dining out or snacking on the road.” [Source: New York Times article “For Three Years, Every Bite Organic” by Tara Parker-Pope]

That was the challenge! Finding “organic” choices available in grocery stores or “on the menu” in restaurants was not always easy, although it’s probably easier now than when Greene conducted his experiment. 

The benefits, though, of eating ORGANIC exclusively are many and worth the trouble of exploring “off the beaten food grid,” Dr. Greene notes.  Eating ONLY organic gives him more energy, wakes him earlier in the morning, and though regularly exposed to sick children (as a pediatrician), he rarely gets sick. 

Better health and more energy! These are the benefits of an all organic diet.

[To read FULL ARTICLE, see New York Times: “For Three Years, Every Bite Organic.”]

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Video: “Front yard gardens only for Michelle Obama”

Would you believe a woman in Illinois currently faces 93-days in jail for growing organic vegetables in her front yard? Some days I wonder if our world could get any goofier!

Julie Bass of Oak Park, Michigan faces jail for growing organic on her own property! The “problem” is that she’s growing those veggies in her FRONT yard. This displeases city planner Kevin Rulkowski,“That’s not what we want to see in a front yard.” 

Bass is “cited for breaking a code that states “a front yard has to have suitable, live, plant material.” Yet her garden is well kept and could be mistaken for flower beds. Rulkowski defines “suitable” as what’s “common.”

So why doesn’t Ms. Bass cave or grow her garden in the backyard to avoid arrest? “I could sell out and save my own self and just not have them bother me anymore, but then there’s no telling what they’re going to harass the next person about,” she said. Julie Bass – we salute you!
[Source: Health Freedom Alliance]

Video: Woman faces jail for growing organic in front yard

I hope Oak Park’s City Planner enjoys the disbelief and hilarity he’s prompting round the world!

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Photo: Happy Girl Kitchen grand opening in Pacific Grove, California

Organic food cafes are an “emerging trend” in the US. Three of note in California include the Brown Sugar Kitchen, Charlie Hong Kong’s, and the Happy Girl Kitchen. 

Here’s more from Alison Cebulla, writing for EcoFarm (Ecological Farming Association), speaking about one of these California organic cafes,   

“Healthy cuisine might not be what you’d expect from a restaurant specializing in soul food but there is a wave sweeping the nation of fresh organic fusion restaurants. Holland’s restaurant, Brown Sugar Kitchen, in Oakland, CA features traditional soul food favorites like grits and fried chicken, but ingredients are organic, fresh, and local if possible.  This is no greasy-spoon but one of many organic cafes that are popping up all over the US!”

[To read FULL ARTICLE, see “Organic Food Cafes: An Emerging Trend.”]

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