One of my favorite things to do -- no joke, whatsoever, not even a little bit -- is to stroll the aisles of the supermarket. I find it very soothing, for some reason, except for when I make the mistake of going shopping on Friday at 2, or a Sunday in the winter before a Giants game. In general though, it's a genuine pleasure, and food shopping is my favorite household - related chore, by far. Most of the time, I'm doing this in a fairly rushed fashion, but I always make my way down the produce aisles with care.
When my son (my first kid) was born, I had grand plans of feeding him whipped organic vegetables nurtured with pure rainwater and nestled on a bed of grass grown from previously untouched earth, from a remote mountain in Tibet. Or something...
Obviously, what began with the best of intentions slowly evolved from pure insanity into, well, normalcy. I fed him a mix of organic things and regular stuff, and figured out, bit by bit, what worked for us. By the time my daughter was born, I'd developed a true routine and plan in terms of what I was comfortable feeding my kids, without compromising what I wanted, but at the same time not going too far off the deep end (for me).
He's now almost six, and she's almost four, and I'm happy to say we've managed to keep that up. The biggest example of this, for me, is my walk down the produce aisle. I do buy organic apples, pears, strawberries and grapes. Bananas, avocados, pomegranates, oranges, and pretty much anything which has a peel or a thick skin, I shrug, and take my chances.
I've heard a lot of people bring in the price factor when it comes to eating organic stuff, but I have to say that I've found fantastic, competitive pricing at my local Trader Joe's, and the bi-weekly farmstand near my office. Now that it's becoming increasingly more mainstream, I've noticed my local grocery store greatly expanding their organic offerings, without too steep of an increased price over the regular stuff. When it comes down to a matter of (literally) twenty five cents' difference between the organic baby carrots and the regular ones, I'm happy to pony up the change.
What about you? Do you make an effort to seek out organic foods for you and your kids? If so, do you try to do so exclusively, or do you strike some sort of balance?
by BmatApril 18, 2012 at 9:01 AM
When my children were younger and I was a SAHM, I did grow our own veggies and fruits. Other items such as meat, milk, flour, etc, I bought.
April 18, 2012 at 9:40 AMWe have our wn garden, so a lot of of veggies come from there or the local farmer's markets.
by splatzApril 18, 2012 at 12:06 PMWe don't really buy a lot of organic stuff.
by Rushn311April 18, 2012 at 12:16 PM
I never buy organic stuff at the store besides my kids' juice because it's so much more to purchase. :(
by Rushn311April 18, 2012 at 12:16 PM
We grow our own organic veggies too
We have our wn garden, so a lot of of veggies come from there or the local farmer's markets.
by Reina13April 18, 2012 at 12:22 PM
We buy a lot of organic food, but not exclusively.
April 18, 2012 at 1:21 PM
I don't bother with organic foods for the most part, but I do love the local farmer's market.
by itsblissmasApril 18, 2012 at 1:24 PM
I like strolling the aisles too but only when I'm by myself! I can't say I've looked for organic food though.
by bamababe1975April 18, 2012 at 1:25 PM
I do try to find organic foods but it can be difficult where I live and sometimes the price is a huuuge factor. Still, having organic offerings cropping up more and more in local markets is making it much easier. We don't do organic exclusively, however, but we do try to do more as we can afford it.
by Kainalu55April 18, 2012 at 5:23 PM
i find organic foods to be more expensive, but i do buy them if it's a good deal