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May 2, 2013

Last night at a gathering of friends we got into a discussion about The Wild Ramp (surprise surprise) and finally someone asked why I felt they should shop there.  I got pulled off my soapbox before anyone’s eyes glazed over after a short (well, it seemed too short to me!) explanation about knowing your farmer so you know how the produce and protein you eat are raised.  One woman approached me and asked how she could know about processed foods, so we went into my kitchen and I picked up a box of very nice crackers that someone had brought.

When you read labels you begin to understand just how processed a simple item has become. The wheat has been processed so much that the manufacturer adds back in all kinds of nutritional value that existed in the wheat to begin with but had been removed during processing. That seems like a trade (although you can avoid that with other choices). But later in the ingredient list we read items that were most likely genetically engineered (GE) or genetically modified (GMO) ingredients.  We have been eating these altered organisms since the mid 1990s. 400px-usa-_genetically_engineered_crops_timeline

Last year California had Proposition 37 on the ballot and the major food manufacturers in the nation fought it, pouring in millions and millions of dollars to campaign against it. The issue? Putting a label on the food that it contained GE/GMO ingredients. The measure lost by 51 to 49%, a clear indication that many people are swayed by advertising but good information had reached many many others.prop-37

Now Washington State and several others are trying the same issue in their state legislatures. The belief that people have a right to know what is in their food is at stake here.Portland ME

Huntington is SO very lucky to have  The Wild Ramp Market. I have had the wonderful experience of visiting most of the farms and other food producers who provide the delicious food for sale there. The main purpose of each visit is to find out how that food is produced. To ask what the farming practice is. To find out where the value-added manufacturer gets their ingredients and what they are. KYF-logo

The Wild Ramp Market is NOT an organic market. We are very happy that we can offer organic food there because the Potager is a certified organic farm and several of our other food products are also organic.  But aiming for an organic only market is not a goal here. You can read the farmers’ growing practices here in this blog.  We welcome local food, food raised as close to Huntington as we can find. Food that will be healthy for you and delicious to you.

Until the food you buy at the grocery store is well labeled, your best option is to Know Your Farmer. We try to help you know at The Wild Ramp  that food that looks good IS good for you!

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  1. May 2, 2013 7:35 pm

    Sadly, with all the money poured in by the agri-business concerns, Oregon’s bill to require GMO labeling didn’t pass. sigh

    Though the thing is that it’s nearly impossible to avoid GMO crops these days. They’ve let loose something that travels on the wind with even organic corn and other crops being cross pollinated with GMOs. I doubt that anyone can escape this insane experiment with all of us the guinea pigs.

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