Thursday, July 1, 2010

Organic Goodness

Yesterday was such a great day, filled with spending time with family and friends and going on some organic escapades! First, we had brunch with Erin and Jamie Coates (thanks for the yummy and healthy breakfast burritos Erin!). They leave for Edmonton tomorrow where Jamie is going to be an Associate Pastor at Grace Reformed Baptist Church. We praise God for this next chapter of life for them and are excited to see how He will use this family to glorify Himself.

Then we headed up to Guelph where Matt's brother and our sister-in-law, Mark and Tara, are living for the summer. Tara grew up in this town and it was mine and Matt's first time visiting there. We loved the area, very farmy, spacious, and green. That got us thinking about what kind of area we would like to have a home in someday and we both are definitely leaning towards more of a country landscape (one of my life dreams is to have my own organic garden). Since moving here I have been surprised to see that what I thought would be pure suburban-ville is actually very much countryside as well.

In Guelph, we went out for lunch at Borealis Grille & Bar - this place is awesome! Most of what they serve are local organic goods and the energy they use is powered by wind and water. The food was delicious and their example of sourcing from local family businesses and how they're being environmentally-minded is one to be emulated - I wish there were more places like this. I talked with the server and she did say they have been doing very well and that they are seeing more people come in as they learn more about the pros of wholesome, organic eating. They're even opening up a second location this Fall. Check out their website for more info:

On our way to see Mark and Tara, we drove by a farm displaying a sign saying they were an organic farm that sold items every Wednesday from 2:30pm-7:30pm; we were so excited to check this place out so after lunch we all went to Greenfields and ended up buying a handful of items. Afterwards, we had dinner at Tara's parents' place and we had such a fun time eating, talking, and laughing. They were so hospitable and kind in hosting us for the evening; the hours flew by and it was with a sense of regret to say good-bye for the night. Thanks for hosting us family Team V - we had a blast!

Loved this place!

Matt ordered the prime rib burger made from grass-fed cows - so tasty!

I ordered their "True North" flatbread that came with grass-fed ground beef, caramelized onions, and mushrooms with a side of local organic greens - SO good!

So thankful to have stumbled upon this place. If you haven't seen the documentary Food, Inc. do yourself a favor and order it from Netflix or check it out at your local video store - it's a must-see!

I was happily surprised by their prices

Straight from their garden - wish I could've bought everything!

Check out their website:

Our entire organic purchase: one chicken, 2 grapefruit, 1 bag of whole-wheat cous cous, 1 broccoli crown, 1 head of lettuce, 1 cabbage, 1 cantaloupe, 3 Tuscan zucchinis. Total cost = $38. That's actually a pretty good price, especially since you would pay about the same amount or even more when you purchase non-organic goods in the supermarkets.

Tara's mom, Laurie, got this outfit for Jet when she visited Cali soon after he was born - thanks so much Laurie! Is he not the cutest?

1 comment:

  1. SUCH a fun day, we had an absolute blast!! Thanks again for coming.
    Can't wait to see you again soon in the 'Jax!
    Love you guys!