I 'm sure you all heard by now but in every health food store in America is a company specializing in grains, beans, nuts, flours etc. called Bob's Red Mill. On Feb 15 Bob turned 81 years old. Bob was still very active in running his company. But on Feb 15 Bob gave his employees a gift for his birthday. He wanted to reward them for all the years they had worked there. He wanted his legacy to maintain the high levels of standards he worked so hard to keep. He knew if he sold the company or turned it over to his family it would somehow change things. On Feb 15, the employees of Bob's Red Mill became part of a stock ownership program. Now that's something else. Go Bob! Happy Birthday to Bob and Happy Day to all his employees. "Hard work provides rewards" said Roger Farnen, Quality Assurance Manager
"The partners could have sold this company many times for a lot more money, but to them this company is about so much more than the money,"said Operations VP Dennis Vaughn.
Isn't that a great story. This is what we are all about.
This story was in every newscast across the country because it kind of brings us back home. Back to where there were values for others and real concern for the well being of others. Appreciation which was never forgotten not for one minute. We need more stories like this to keep reminding us of simple things which mean so much.
By the way, I was reading something by Michael Pollan the other day and he said to be aware when you go into a supermarket. Processed foods are always located in the middle of the store. This is the "stuff that never goes bad." Physically it's not good for you, and it takes the most fossil fuel to produce it. He also goes on to say, that the outside perimeter of a grocery store is the healthiest areas. They rot or go bad the quickest. "Food should be alive, and there fore it should die," he says.
If you stop and think about this, the outside perimeters are generally, fruit produce, dairy, etc. So the next time you go grocery shopping in a supermarket be aware and use your own judgment to guide you into healthy eating habits. Start at the supermarket and take it home.
That's it for now, I'm off on a trip to India this week and will return in two weeks. See you then
Just recently I went shopping at Whole Foods and was totally frustrated. The prices of organic produce and fruits were way over the top. A friend forwarded me some information on Annies Buying Club (http://anniesbuyingclub.com). I checked it out and decided to give it a go. You might not get everything you have access to in a grocery store but you have everything which is organic, grown locally and very fresh. I love the idea of not knowing what you will be getting until the day before you are to pick it up. You see, your order is prepaid a week in advance, and you pick it up on a specified day and time at a designated location near you. The service spans out from South Florida to Gainesville.
Taken from their website: "What is a Buying Club?" " It is a group of people who share a common goal to save money on quality healthy foods. By pooling our resources, we create purchasing power to buy food at drastically discounted prices."
It's a wonderful concept and preserves the right of all of us to have quality food at affordable prices.
I joined the club and picked up my first box yesterday. It was great. Instead of long lines in grocery stores and settling for produce I got a box. A woman was standing in her own kitchen with a toddler in her arms explaining the procedure. All I kept thinking was I think I'm going to like this. I was overwhelmed when I saw the box at first. It was almost like ok here is the box but is it ok to go through it? I choose not to and carried it out to my car. I paid for next weeks box before I left. $45. for all this and it's organic.
I couldn't wait to get home. As soon as I got home I began unloading the box. Potatoes, sweet and white, lacinato kale, chard, carrots, apples, pineapple, blueberries, strawberries, celery, lettuce, tomatoes, cabbage, cauliflower and more. It was my own private little harvest of plenty. I hereby declare myself an organic foodie.
I was under the impression the food I was buying was the best from Whole Foods, was I wrong. The taste from these veggies was incredible. You really tasted the foods. They came direct from the farm to the table. The taste was undeniably delicious and who better to support than organic and local farmers directly who "promote ecological harmony and environmental responsibility."
It's all part of the cooking experience isn't it?
Today I made some Lentil soup and used all the veggies I got yesterday and was it ever good. Whatever veggies you get in the box creates a challenge to yourself to create a wonderful recipe with them.
If you live in Florida, give it a try. It's economical, conscious living, and delicious.