May 7, 2012 at 9:32 am #1289637
@leslerLocale: right here, right now
how many are going organic in the backcountry?
what are your "splurges" so-to-speak ?
and what about frontcountry?
who's throwing down?
ltMay 7, 2012 at 10:08 am #1875248
@daviddrakeLocale: North Idaho
I use 100% organic silnylon.May 7, 2012 at 10:19 am #1875250
@xpatrickxadLocale: Upper East TN
I do. I tend to only be able to fit weekend trips to my schedule so I just cook real food to bring with me. It may weigh more and take up more space, but I figure I go light enough to be able to bring food that I enjoy and is good for me. My real challenge is in my daily life I don't do any sucrose so that eliminates pretty much all 'hiker food.' I normally limit my sucrose, but I find on the trail I'm okay with eating more sugary fruits.May 7, 2012 at 12:02 pm #1875291
I do mostly organics…but more important for us now is minimally processed.May 7, 2012 at 12:37 pm #1875300
Not packing Organic yet, but using some organics when packing. Mostly just for spices, dehydrated veg, etc though.
Eating organic all the time for regular food. We order from AzureStandard.com for a lot of items, as they are priced fairly and it is easy to have the food come to our drop point. Less driving around and shopping.
We are blessed to live in a part of the country where people pay attention to that and have it available. Though I must admit Portland OR was even more in touch with it than Seattle, when we lived there a few years ago.
If I was in the backcountry more often, I would be more diligent about it. Right now I treat that time as a chance to eat "junk food" and like it. :)May 7, 2012 at 1:05 pm #1875310
I bought the high altitude sampler from mary jane's farm and have been eating tons of organic in the backcountry, probably more than frontcountry.May 7, 2012 at 2:29 pm #1875331
Keith, ever shop directly at Bob's Red Mill? Great way to waste time when PDX!May 7, 2012 at 3:05 pm #1875341
Is Bob's Red Mill off highway 224?
Is it retail?
They must have all the same grains you can get at the grocery store?May 7, 2012 at 3:45 pm #1875353
I haven't been to the outlet. We lived in Vancouver for over a decade, and I never even thought to hit it.
Of course, we came to organics / hippie food in the last 7 years or so. And half of that was spent in Seattle. When we next visit our friends in PDX, I will have to make a pilgrimage. :)May 7, 2012 at 4:04 pm #1875364
I'm afraid the term "organic" has been corrupted
Since it's now popular, modern "industrial" farms are producing food that's "organic" but maybe not that much (or any?) better than non-organic
Like, if you "produce" a green tomato with organic fertilizer and pesticides, and turn it red artificially, it's not that healthful
If you ripened a tomato on the vine, it would be better, but that has nothing to do with "organic" certification
I grow some of my own produce that's fairly organic but that's not practical for many peopleMay 7, 2012 at 4:41 pm #1875374
Yep, the retail store is very neat! It sits across the street from Dave's Killer Bread – I kid not. They have everything they make for sale – including hard to find items + a huge bulk section + a cafe that is way tasty. Did I mention I met the actual Bob? Yep! Plus they do factory tours!
Yes…I am a nerd.May 7, 2012 at 4:44 pm #1875376
Dave's Killer Bread??? You must be kidding!!!
Okay, I have to check it out.May 7, 2012 at 4:45 pm #1875378
Hehheh…..be sure to eat lunch there at Bob's. They make a veggie Philly style melt that is so delicious…..May 7, 2012 at 10:32 pm #1875471
True enough, organic has been corrupted by big business. But if you want good, real food you can always rely on Oregon tilth certified, or local places you can visit.
We have had good luck with local CSAs, and with places like azure standard that place a priority on working with good producers over always having the cheapest prices. For instance, our meat comes from a local guy just over the Mrs in Yakima. We can and have dropped in with no notice to "meet the meat" and check out his farm and practices. I know it sounds a bit Portlandia, but I want my kids to appreciate what they have when they eat meat.
Barron farms. Good product,ethical farmer. He just got a fancy new website, and I suspect someone here in Seattle traded work for food. :-)
Dave's killer is just that… killer. Met Dave several times at the farmers market in Vancouver. Super nice guy. Good to see him hit it big.May 8, 2012 at 7:31 am #1875516
Yep…meet the people behind the products. If they have nothing to hide they will be happy to show you around. When the farmers market is in season I shop there every week – many times the farmers selling are growing organic but cannot afford to be certified so talk to them, learn their practices. (I sold at a farmers market for years btw)
Although an even better option is grow your food! ;-) 27 blueberry plants, 2 red huckleberries and a ton of strawberries and rhubarb. Yum…..and all organic (ie. I ignore them).
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