Affordable Organics for Everyone

And Largo Organics is still growing strong – we are getting inquiries on a weekly basis on how people can experience the convenience and time savings of placing their order online, and picking up their orders – conveniently and easily.  Saving money in these more challenging economic times makes a huge difference to the healthy choices that the average family can make when it comes to their food budget.

We’re adding at least one new regular customer to each order cycle.  We’d love to add you too – if shopping the Largo way makes sense for you and your family.  Contact us for more info – and remember ….

eat slowly and savour life….

Largo

 

Largo Organics has been able to source and get set up with some great companies that provide wonderful organic health and beauty products – the “other” stuff we need to think about when it comes to healthy organic living.  We all understand that the foods we eat affect our health – but often we forget that our skin is our largest organ, and what we put on it passes into our bodies.  Megan put together her thoughts on some of the products her family uses, and we will be setting up some orders where these products and hundreds of others will be available to our members at our usual low Largo prices.

Megan writes:

Brooks Pearwood Boar Bristle Toothbrush – This product is a great example of using natural elements instead of plastics. It is 100% natural, not made with any PCV (polyvinyl chloride). It cleans the teeth well and is safe for the entire family. The brushes are made in Switzerland with natural bristles, pear wood, and an edible natural plant finish. Personally, I like this brush better than even the Preserve line of brushes. Although Preserve toothbrushes come with the option to mail them back so they can be ground up and turned into park benches, picnic tables, etc..something about natural wood appeals to my sense of aesthetic. I suppose it’s a personal choice. The Preserve brushes are a more economical decision certainly. We sell them both so members can choose.

Dr. Bronners Shaving Gel – Kris (my husband) loves this shaving gel! His favourite is the Lemongrass Lime scent. The tubes last a really long time as well. We bought two in the summer and they’re still not used up six months later. The only thing that I don’t care for is that although they are flat on top I find that the gel leaks out to some extent after the tube has been opened and closed over time. I store them in a glass in the bathroom bottom up and that prevents any messes from leaking.

Green Beaver SPORT 24 Deodorants – I doubt I’m the only one that has used many different kinds of natural deodorant trying to find a brand that actually works. This line is it for me. It feels like real deodorant and works as well as any conventional brand I’ve ever used. Green Beaver has one of the most thorough policies for ingredients they avoid that I’ve found in all my research which makes this deodorant even more great. The product dries clear and doesn’t mark clothing and five different varieties including unscented. It’s just fantastic stuff!

Suncoat Powder Mineral Eye Shadow – I got this eye shadow at Christmastime and have been really happy with it. It’s nice eyeshadow that lasts a reasonable amount of time and comes in many shades. The shadow itself doesn’t have any nasty fillers like talc or bismuth oxychloride and contains no preservatives or FD&C dyes. It contains only mineral pigments and certified organic cornstarch (so GMO free also). Beyond that a big selling point for me is that the shadow comes with a brush – most mineral eye shadows do not. The lids also have a locking mechanism for easy transport and to keep little hands out of your makeup.

Green Beaver Jr. Bubble Bath – This is my personal favourite find of this year. I LOVE that my boys can have bubble baths again! It was with pure joy that they had their first bubble bath this summer and we’ve been enjoying them ever since. It was the founders of Green Beaver’s son Joshua’s love of bubble baths that prompted the founding of Green Beaver. I can totally relate. I’ve searched high and low for bubble bath that works for the boys that I’m comfortable with them using. I would suggest anyone get this that has a little one that adores bubbles. 🙂

Thanks, Megan!

Largo Members – watch for the Health and Beauty order form in your mail.  If you aren’t a member of Largo – and want more information, contact us – we’d love to help you live more organically – affordabley.

Organically Yours,

Largo

Here is some information to help us get to know some new products that are on this ordering cycle.  Thanks to Megan – Largo Purchasing (largopurchasing@gmail.com) for the good research in helping our members make more informed decisions and to encourage us all to try new foods.
 
As many of you know, I (Jacinthe) am very allergic to seafood, fish (and mushrooms). so I cannot try the first two products, but they certainly sound delicious.
 
The line Cookin’ Greens looks very promising; I am very excited about trying the rapini – I love rapini! Rapini cooked in a buttery garlic sauce is very yummy! Over a bowl of steaming pasta, it is a delicious and fast way to make a tasting meal. 
Reading their website, I was surprised to see that other than 2 stores in Winnipeg, Largo Organics is one of the few ways to access this line of fozen vegetables. I cannot wait to try it – having frozen spinach and rapini is definitely a bonus to my kitchen.
 
Green Organic: I have tried the frozen pepper mix and it was nice, tasty and a much cheaper way to add peppers in my dishes, at this time of year. If you must have peppers in a certain dish, this is a good way. 
 
Great Glacier Salmon – The packages are 6-8oz and the case size is 20lbs so I guess we’re looking at about 16-20 packages approximately. I’ve got it for sale per lb, so more than likely a member will be getting about 2 packages for an order of a pound. This is the first time I’ve seen fish available in a form other than just breaded sticks of fillets. This is actual salmon. I think that’s good thing to get out to members so it’s not lumped with the processed food. The website for the company is http://www.wildsalmon.ca/ggs/Home.html
 
Dom International organic shrimp – These are cooked and peeled, tail-on shrimp. These are sustainably farmed shrimp that feed on natural food supplemented with organic feed when it’s required. The website for the company is http://www.dominternational.com/products/organics/
 
Cookin’ Greens – I really like the look of these products – frozen spinach, rapini, kale, and a designer mix. I’m excited at the prospect of having greens around that we don’t usually get like rapini and collards. These are not organic, but they seem to have a good reputation. Their website is http://www.cookingreens.com/
 
Green Organic – These are certified organic vegetables. The peppers are the most notable for their fantastic price point per pound – about half the price for fresh. Fresh is always best of course, but at $6-7/pound fresh it’s out of some members price range. These vegetables are also prepared and not completely raw so very convenient to people needing a fast and healthy meal. Their website is http://www.greenorganic.com/.
I will note that these vegetables are farmed in China as is a common practice these days. Pro Organics does not buy fruit or vegetables from China so if a member has qualms about the origins of this line of vegetables they can always buy fresh alternatives. I did watch the videos and read the text on the Green Organic website and they seem to be cognizant that they need to be on the ball since most of us are pretty leery of the Made in China stamp these days. Since these are the ONLY suppliers of frozen organic vegetables I have available to me – I went with them.
 
Happy chopping! … and shopping with Largo Organics!  Not a member? email largoorganics@gmail.com for more info. 
 
Jacinthe
Follow me on Twitter @gaiaistgourmet or email me at largomembers@gmail.com – I plan to start cooking classes in late Jan/2011

From time to time, we will feature one of our suppliers, so you can get to know the distributors behind the produce, products, and labels you see on the shelves of your local organic food store. The more informed you are about where your food comes from – the better able you are to make the best decisions about what you put on your family’s table.

This week, Largo Organics wants to tell you about:

Horizon Distributors (est. mid 1970’s as a worker co-op) – canned & dry, general, household cleaners, frozen food special shipments.

As Western Canada’s largest distributor of organic and natural products in the dry, chill and frozen , Horizon Distributors strives for excellence in service, logistics and brand management, while providing the finest organic, natural and gourmet products to the marketplace.

Horizon Distributors is a privately owned, 100% Canadian company located in Burnaby, BC.From their roots as a worker owned co-op in the seventies to their position today leading a national network of distributors, Horizon continues to set the pace for our growing industry. They maintain and establish primary relationships with key retailers through their dedication to logistical excellence, personalized account service, a consistent 96% or better fill rate, and commitment to integrity in product selection.

Read more!


From time to time, we will feature one of our suppliers, so you can get to know the distributors behind the produce, products, and labels you see on the shelves of your local organic food store. The more informed you are about where your food comes from – the better able you are to make the best decisions about what you put on your family’s table.

This week, Largo Organics wants to tell you about:

Real Raw Food www.realrawfood.com – dried fruits, raw nuts, raw seeds, fair trade cocoa

A family business located in the south end of the Beautiful Okanagan Valley, Real Raw Food works hard to provide unheated, non GMO, pure organically grown foods at a fair price. They learn how the food is grown and processed to insure it is living food farmed ethically and sustainably.

From their home page:

Our purpose is to provide unheated, non GMO, pure organically grown foods at a fair price. That means paying more to the grower in some cases and lower to the consumer in most cases. To do this we go to the source. There we learn how the food is grown and processed to insure it is living food farmed ethically and sustainably. The food is shipped directly from the producer to us for most products.
These foods are what we want to eat but many of them just aren’t to be found in stores, so it’s symbiotic. Many foods that are called raw are not. Some are dried at very high temperatures, some nuts are heated for shelling and often they are heated by the sun while at sea in the shipping containers to over 170F. None of our whole foods have additives.

Read more!

Read the POTUS’ cancer panel report!

We’ve been seeing press releases and commentaries on an important report issued this week from The President’s Cancer Panel that has hugely positive implications for the organic food movement – and for the health of North America (because where the USA leads, Canada inevitably follows.The report urges consumers to choose food grown without pesticides or chemical fertilizers, antibiotics and growth hormones to decrease their exposure to chemicals that can increase their risk of developing cancer.

The good people at EarthBound Farms say “This landmark report by a prestigious mainstream scientific panel is recognition at the highest level that the chemicals present in our environment have direct and serious consequences for human health — especially for children, who are far more susceptible to damage from environmental chemical exposures than adults. “It was submitted to President Obama by Dr. LaSalle Leffall, Jr., an oncologist and professor of surgery at Howard University, and Dr. Margaret L. Kripke, an immunologist at the MD Anderson Cancer Center in Houston. Established in 1971, the President’s Cancer Panel is a respected, conservative panel of three experts from the mainstream of scientific and medical thinking. One seat is currently vacant; both panel members who submitted the report were originally appointed by former President George W. Bush.

“We wanted to let people know that we’re concerned, and that they should be concerned,” Professor Leffall told the New York Times.It’s likely that industry interests will come out harshly against the report, and that there will be loud political wrangling over what to do about it. But with statistics showing that 41% of Americans will be diagnosed with cancer at some point in their lives, and that some cancers are actually becoming more common — especially in children — it would seem that the report’s recommendation of immediate action coupled with future prudence in the approval and use of environmental chemicals would be an easy middle road to take.

Why choose organic? You’ve heard it from us before, and we’ll keep saying it: When you buy organic produce, you’re choosing food grown without synthetic chemicals, using sustainable farming methods that protect the environment. Eating organic helps reduce your dietary exposure to pesticide residues — which is especially important for children, whose developing bodies are particularly vulnerable.”

We couldn’t have said it better. But the New York Times certainly can – read their op-ed piece – it isn’t often that a mainstream paper like this comes out so strongly in praise of ‘alternative choices”. The full 240-page report is available online – give it a read and pass it on to friends who are may not understand why you make the food quality choices you make.

Help them find affordable organic food sources. Cook together with whole food ingredients to share your learning curve. Make food a family event – from shopping to cooking – to even growing a windowsill or container garden if you don’t have lawn to rip up. Know that eating whole foods, organic foods makes a difference to your family. It’s the truth.

Remember to cook with love, eat slowly and savor life.

Organically yours,

Largo