One of the many roles of a mother is becoming the family’s nutritionist. It’s usually the mother who decides what the family eats, dictates the kitchen operation and puts the foot down the grocery and market list. I’m in full capacity of taking on this function now that we’re living on our own. That in mind, with my eczema, with Hubby getting a couple of hypertension episodes recently, and with LC in his formative years, I compelled myself to give our family the healthiest meals I can think of and what we can practically afford. But time has passed when eating healthy is just about getting the right balance of go, glow and grow foods.
What gives? Livestock are injected with growth-hormones and bombarded with antibiotics. Fish bio-accumulate dioxins and PCBs. (This I know since college yet I have and still eat fish with gusto. =| ) Farmed fishes are said to be fed with genetically modified corn or whatever feeds. Plants are GMO or are grown with harmful chemicals to achieve commercial targets. They might be growing on polluted soil too. Kangkong (water spinach) are harvested from the floodgates. Shell fishes and crustaceans are filter feeders (that’s a fact) – so I consider them garbage feeders in polluted waters. But that’s just me. What’s my family to eat then?
To the more discerning, one also concerns himself now if the food is organic, natural, free of toxins, pesticides and insecticides, grown in good conditions, not genetically modified and not induced with artificial hormones. Great thing these days, more and more people are realizing the natural and healthy way of living. More farmers are being into organic and bio-dynamic agriculture. Every now and then, new avenues spruce up as to where to get these particular produce. Some groceries like in SM, Rustan’s, Landmark, Shopwise and Robinson’s already have organic sections. Healthy Options have more branches now. Weekend markets all over the metro have stalls that sell organic vegetables, fruits, eggs, dairy and meat. There are also the ones seen and talked about in the grapevine.
Jenny of Chronicles of The Nursing Mom has a review on organic food suppliers that does deliveries, some of which she has personally tried. Her post also contains a list of suppliers by Down to Earth and another list from Smart Parenting website written by Dainty Mom who earlier shortlisted some in her blog. I also came across a couple of others from Market Manila.
To facilitate easy referencing, I’ve consolidated their list in no particular order and with short notes. Do refer to the prior links for feedback and more inputs. If the link to the supplier’s site do not work, do google as they probably moved to another site like it was with Herbana Farms’ links in Jenny’s post and Market Manila’s write-up about Herbana.
- Good Food Co. – seasonal vegetables, fruits and salad greens. (EDITED 7/27/2014) So much has improved with Good Food logistics. There are more hubs or pick-up points and options now. Please explore their website to know more. On one hand, you can refer to our 4-week trial run here for some honest feedback.
- Shusaesh Farms, Inc. – vegetables, free range duck, chicken, goose, turkey and eggs. Contact Mr. Yatsuka Shinozaki at 0917-8388081 for orders. Delivers door-to-door.
- Emporium Antipolo – vegetables, fruits, sun-baked sea salt from Ilocos, honey, coffee beans, coco sugar, herbs, mushrooms, etc. Products can be bought from their store. They also deliver door-to-door in limited areas.
- Herbana Farms – vegetables, fruits, herbs. Buy at Salcedo Weekend Market and Mercato Centrale. Pioneer in organic farming in the Philippines. Gil Carandang, the owner, is the president of Independent Organic Inspectors Association of the Philippines (IOIAP). Conducts seminars on organic farming, raising livestock naturally, and others.
- Organic Manila – vegetables, potted herbs, ducks, free-ranged chickens, etc. from its farms in Benguet. Pick-up at Pasig, Makati, Quezon City.
- The Green Grocer Manila – vegetables, herbs, fruits, coffee, deli meat, etc. Delivers door-to-door every Wednesday and Friday. Current delivery areas are limited to Makati, Alabang, Paranaque and Taguig. Meet-ups, possible.
- Green Halo Organic Store and Cafe – vegan meals in cafe and offers organic sweeteners, coffee, tea and chocolates in store. Shop at 11, Cubao Expo Commercial Center, Romulo St., Araneta Center Cubao, Quezon City.
- My Personal Farmer – vegetables, herbs and pineapple from its farm in Bukidnon. Pick-up from a “village mother” in Alabang, Pasay, Makati, Mandaluyong, San Juan and Quezon City.
- GreenEarth Heritage Foundation Philippines – vegetables, fruit and herbs grown from farms at the foot of Sierra Madre in San Miguel, Bulacan. Contact 0939-3295917 or (02)815 2978. Delivers for free at Makati and Bonifacio Global City locations.
- Down to Earth – grass-fed beef, pasture-raised pork and native chicken, vegetables, herbs, chicken, etc. Delivers door-to-door from Thursdays to Saturdays. Also available at Salcedo and Legaspi weekend markets.
- Institute for Steiner’s Ideas in Practice (ISIP) Philippines – rice, vegetables, herbs, coco sugar, salad greens, fruits, free-ranged chicken and eggs are sold on Tuesdays in its ISIP Center in Makati. Conducts trainings on bio-dynamic agriculture.
- Holy Carabao Holistic Farms – vegetables, herbs, freshly extracted juice, eggs, rice, milk, kesong puti, feta cheese in olive oil, etc. Delivers door-to-door.
- Pamora Farms – live French breed chicken, dressed chicken, eggs, homemade pates from its poultry farm in Abra. Dressed and frozen poultry available in Legaspi weekend market in Makati, Santi’s Delicatessen, Terry Selection, The Green Shop at Market! Market!, Shopwise, Rustan’s and SM Hypermart. Trivia: Amanpulo serves Pamora chickens.
- Prado Farms – some fruits, herbs and biodynamic lechon. Contact 0920-9831329 to order lechon weeks in advance. Provides overnight accomodation, occasional harvest dining experiences, agricultural trainings and farm tours at its farm in Lubao, Pampanga.
- Naturella Farm Store / Solraya’s Sunshine Chicken – pasture-raised chicken and pigs, and coconut nectar. Delivers for a minimum order of Php1000. Pick-up at Philam Homes, QC for any amount of order. Also available at Eton Centris and Mercato Centrale weekend markets. Conducts regular training on raising pastured chickens.
- Kablon Farm in South Cotabato – jams, jellies, purees, pure tablea, coconut vinegar, concentrated coco nectar, and chili powder. Contact Ernesto B. Pantua Jr. at (083)2288508 or email email@example.com.
- Glinoga Organic Farm – vegetable, fruit, chicken from its farm in Pitogo, Quezon. Available at AANI weekend market at FTI, Taguig or contact Weng at 0922-8776493.
- Green Babes in the City – chicken, chicken and duck eggs, longganisa, tapa cut, pork adobo cut, etc. Contact 0917-8307399 or 0917-8153132. They have a booth at Eastwood Mall, QC on Saturdays. That’s where we bought our organic chicken eggs before.
Whew! What a long list. I’m pretty sure there’s more out there. If you know of any or if you are a dealer for or a producer of organic food, please drop me a line in the comment section.
Choosing to go organic comes with a cost. It is like getting the finely handcrafted natural leather bag instead of the machine manufactured synthetic leather one. I know health is to be invested in but I also know we’re financially tight. I still have to choose wisely which one will fit with our budget, time and money-wise.
From the list, Good Food Co. is among the ones that fit in our monthly food budget. One of their pick-up points is relatively near us too. So backed-up with Rowie of Pinoybaby’s recommendation, I emailed Good Food Co. to be one of their shareholders for their new season. We had our first week of goodies last Saturday. (We couldn’t go with the August 13 season start since we’re out-of-town for a week. That explains why I wasn’t blogging then. I hope this post makes up for it. 🙂 ) I’ll make a review-slash-diary about our experience in another post. (And okay, I’ll blog about our vacation in yet another post. 😉 ) After the four weeks or as we go along, I’ll be engaging with other suppliers to see which one – or two – will be best for my family.
To end this post, I want to stress that organic is not only good for us. It’s also good for Mother Earth and for future generations. I don’t have to say more. 🙂