Marni & Me Series: Why Marni is Organic

It was a rainy day today, so Marni and I decided to stay warm and dry at the Food Studio. It’s a great space for learning, so we sat down with cups of Marn’s superfood tea and organic apricots from Orasta (who will be featured at Marni’s Veg Food Festival Booth) for a casual chat.

Let’s just say the conversation evolved organically.

Why do you eat organic?

I do my best in choosing organic as much as possible, not only to support farmers, but I want to personally consume less pesticides, herbicides and fungicides. This standard is translated in my classes as I strive to source top quality ingredients for my classes, workshops and retreats.

Basically, for your health and the health of the environment it is better to choose organic.

I am also mindful that it’s sometimes impossible to choose organic all the time. Depending on availability and other factors that may be out of my control. So my motto is “wherever” & “whenever” possible. You can only do the best you can do. But learning to become a conscious consumer and understanding where your food is coming from, makes all the difference.

Where do you find organic food in the city?

My favourite place is my own local and organic garden in my parents backyard. It doesn’t get much better than that! I also love farmer’s markets, and order other produce through my local CSA, which is Community Shared Agriculture. Or I go to my nearest health food store- where I know I can always find local, organic goods.

How do you stay on top of the latest trends in organic agriculture?

I attend the Canadian Organic Food Growers conference every year. I always receive a wealth of information on organic agriculture and the latest trends and topics. And with this knowledge, I always feel more connected and appreciative of the food I consume, knowing where it comes from and how it was produced. *Visit “What is Organic” for Organic Standards

After our chat, Marni and I went online and she showed me some spots where she buys organic. Hopefully I will see you at one of these spots within the city.

Young Urban Farmers (start your own organic urban farm)

Mama Earth Organics

Ontario Natural Food Coop

The Big Carrot

Brickworks Farmers Market

Wychwood Barns

Enjoy the rest of your weekend!

And I will see you on Monday for “Why Marni’s is Family Focused”

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