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Tasty Bites 4.26.05
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Organics On the Cheap

Do you like the health, environmental and taste benefits of organics -- but turned off by the price? Here's how you -- yes you!-- can affordably shop for and cook sustainably grown foods without breaking the bank.

First step: Kiss the produce section of your conventional supermarket bye-bye. That's where you'll often find the highest prices. You can actually find organics in health food stores, specialty stores, co-ops, gourmet delis, farmers' markets, community-supported agriculture programs, convenience stores and even vending machines.

When it comes to filling your cupboards with affordable, healthy organic food, here's all you've gotta do:

1. Research your options.
2. Shop at farmers' markets.
3. Join a community-supported agriculture (CSA) delivery program
4. Join a co-op.
5. Join a buying club.
6. Buy in bulk.
7. Buy what's in season.
8. In the off-season, buy preserved foods.
9. Embrace the big freeze.
10. Shop sales and house brands.
11. Clip coupons.
12. Grow your own.
13. Shop online.
14. Mix and match where you buy.
15. Be flexible.
16. Rethink your food budget.
17. Ease into organic.

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Also, check out our previous Tasty Bites newsletter about The Dirty Dozen, the most toxic produce in the West. If you're going to ease into organics, these are the ones to start with!

More info about:
Finding organics in the Bay Area
What's in season in the Bay Area
Why organics are cool

Events This Week

Benefit: Dining Out for Life
Thu, 4/28/05
Participating restaurants in the Bay Area and across the country
The STOP AIDS Project and Wells Fargo invite you to the 4th Annual Dining Out for Life. Simply dine at one of the participating restaurants on Thursday, April 28, 2005, and 25 percent of your food bill will benefit the HIV prevention programs of the STOP AIDS Project. Some organic-friendly restaurants participating include: 2223 Market, Cote Sud, Firefly, Foreign Cinema, Le Colonial, Magnolia Pub & Brewery, and Rubicon, and in the East Bay: A Cote, Baywolf, Cafe Rouge, Jojo, Tacubaya, Venus, Zatar. Make your reservation today to benefit STOP AIDS while having a great meal of sustainably-grown foods. After dinner, you're invited to Dancing for Life, the official after-party at Jillian's (in the Metreon). Only $5.00 with a receipt from one of the participating restaurants.

Straus Home Ranch & Dairy Tour: Going Organic
Thu, 4/28/05, 11:00am-3:00pm
Straus Home Ranch, 22888 Hwy.1, 12.5 miles north of Point Reyes Station in Marshall; $20 MALT members / $25 non-members
To celebrate Marin Agricultural Land Trust's (MALT) 25th anniversary, visit the home ranch of founder Ellen Straus. She and husband Bill started their dairy there and began bringing together ranchers and environmentalists around the kitchen table. Son Albert will walk us around the ranch and tell something of what he experienced growing up on the farm. Then tour the organic dairy Albert started that today milks 270 cows as he explains what going organic means. Pre-registration required.

Meet the Farmer: Donna Pacheco of Achadinha Cheese
Sat, 4/30/05, 10:00am - 10:30am
Ferry Plaza Farmers' Market, Ferry Building in SF; Free
Part of the CUESA Education Program. Get the lowdown straight from the producer!

Millennium Spring Cooking Class, Volume #2
Sat, 4/30/05, 10:00am-2:00pm
Millennium Restaurant, 580 Geary St. in SF; $125/person
Learning to cook vegan "Millennium Style" is easy with Chef Eric Tucker showing you the way! Space is extremely limited, so call Erica at 415.345.3900 x 11 to reserve your spot!!

Shop with the Chef: tbd
Sat, 4/30/05, 10:30am - 11:30am
Ferry Plaza Farmers' Market, Ferry Building in SF; Free
Part of the CUESA Education Program. See and taste the seasonal produce local chefs are buying and cooking!

SF International Film Festival: The Real Dirt on Farmer John
Mon & Wed, 5/2/05-5/4/05
Kabuki Theater, Fillmore/Sutter in SF
CUESA and the Community Alliance with Family Farmers (CAFF) are sponsoring two screenings of Taggart Siegel's documentary, The Real Dirt on Farmer John, during the San Francisco International Film Festival. Join us for the story of a mid-western farmer who defied all odds and started a successful organic farm on his family farmland. Monday, May 2nd at 9:15 pm and Wednesday, May 4th at 1:00 pm.

Feed the Fire!

Even a little snack. If you use these newsletters, use our website, or simply enjoy having delicious, organic food in the Bay Area, please support our programs that serve local, organic farms and the community. Om Organics is a project of the San Francisco Foundation - Community Initiative Funds, and can only continue with the help of contributions from conscientious people like you!

Any amount is appreciated!
You can make a donation:

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  • by credit card: via the SFF CIF donation page
  • by check: "Om Organics: Project of SFF CIF", 225 Bush St. #500, SF, CA 94104


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