Saturday, September 19, 2015

A Giveaway of Organic Goodness



Hey guys.  Just popping in to say hi on this last weekend of summer (!!!!).  How the heck?  Time is a flying, that's for sure.  Things are still bonkers busy in my reality so this post contains no recipes (check my Portfolio Page for current updates of stuff I've been working on, and I'm super eager to write here soon about cookbook stuff!).  I have good news though!  There's a chance for you to win a box full of organic goodness!  I don't do this sort of thing very often - I think the only items I've ever given away are cookbooks written by friends - but when Nature's Path contacted me about giving away a box of awesome stuff to one of you lucky readers to celebrate National Organic Week happening September 19th -27th, I wanted to say yes.  Many of the products in the box are in my pantry already, so it seemed like a natural fit for me to partner with them.  And, who doesn't love a box of delicious food arriving on your doorstep?   

I don't want to get into the whole organic vs. non-organic debate here; I think ultimately we make the best choices we can to feed ourselves and our families.  I always buy organic and fair trade coffee and tea; sugar and chocolate too if it's in the budget.  That being said, I do try to find out where my food comes from, who's growing it and what's in it.  I talk to the farmers who grow my potatoes and carrots (Hi Wally and Gail!); the folks who drive the fruit I love out from B.C.  Heck, I even had tea with a lovely local man who has an orchard of cherries and in turn dries them into a beautiful product.  I love local, always and forever.  I was fortunate to go on a series of farm tours a couple of weeks ago with other chefs and food writers, and after seeing a dairy farm, egg processing plant and a grain farm, I'm confident that the food Saskatchewan farmers are producing to feed not only me, but the rest of the world, is created with the utmost care and attention to safety and nutrition.  If you ever get a chance to tour a working farm, go for it.  You'll be amazed at what you'll learn.  Farmers are just so darn awesome.

For a list of Organic Week events happening near you, check the listings here

Okay!  On to the good stuff!  Should you be the lucky winner, you'll receive:




Nature’s Path & Friends #OrganicWeek Gift Box includes ($100 value):

·         Nature’s Path delicious granolas including Pumpkin Flax Granola and Coconut Chia Granola, as well as tasty and healthful Flax Plus Flakes Cereal .
·         EnviroKidz children’s cereal that moms and kids love, Peanut  Butter Panda Puffs Cereal.
·         Que Pasa Mexican Foods premium organic salsa.
·         Amy’s Kitchen Lentil Vegetable Soup - Full of vegetables, including green beans, tomatoes, and spinach in a flavourful lentil base. This soup is prepared with the same careful attention you use at home and is vegan, gluten free, and dairy free.
·         Camino Simply Dark Hot Chocolate - Created for the dairy conscious, Camino's simply dark hot chocolate is incredibly rich and delicious, and is literally made with dark chocolate as an ingredient for an extra indulgent taste.
·         Crofter’s Organic Jam - Native to North America, Crofter's blueberries are wild harvested in nearby Quebec. These intensely colored lowbush berries are far more petite and flavor-packed than the cultivated highbush variety common to the produce section at your neighborhood grocery.
·         Earthbound Farm OrganicFree product voucher good for any Earthbound Farm product
·         Ethical Bean Coffee - Every cup of Ethical Bean Coffee has been crafted with one simple objective in mind: To make the best Fairtrade certified Organic coffee on the planet. Period. Because as far as we’re concerned, doing something good should be rewarded with something that tastes spectacular.
·         Happy Planet Fresh SoupsFree product voucher redeemable for any Happy Planet Fresh Soup including yummy new single serve organic Portuguese Kale & White Bean.  Happy Planet Fresh Soups draw inspiration from cuisines from around the world and are made in small kettle batches in BC & Ontario. They have tons of delicious organic, dairy free and vegan options to choose from!
·         Manitoba Harvest Organic Hemp Hearts - Organic Hemp Hearts taste great, are easy to use and nutritious too! Packed with 10 grams of protein and 10 grams of omegas per 30 gram serving, they’re great in salads, cereal, yogurt and baking. Organic Hemp Hearts are paleo-friendly, vegan and Non-GMO.
·         PRANA Kilimanjaro Organic Deluxe Chocolate Trail Mix - Delicious vegan chocolate chunks, crunchy nuts and dried fruits to give you a snack that is perfect for all occasions. With chocolate chunks as the #1 ingredient on the list, this mix is guaranteed to satisfy your sweet tooth while also offering a savoury taste with ingredients like walnuts, salted almonds and cashews, Sultana raisins and naturally sweetened cranberries.
·         Pacific Foods Organic Mushroom Broth - Savory mushrooms, garlic and sea salt combine to make a fragrant, rich broth worthy of your favorite soups, risottos, pasta and or any dish of your desire.
·         Silver Hills Bakery - Free product voucher good for any Silver Hills product including new Big Red’s Bread - big in taste and packed with 21 ancient grains and seeds. 


That's some good loot!  I've made the hot chocolate, and it's delicious, especially with the requisite puddle of whipped cream.  For a chance to win, simply leave a comment telling me what you buy organic.  Random winner will be picked September 28.  Sorry, open to Canadian Residents only.  Be sure to leave contact info so I can get in touch with you if you win.  Good luck!!  


39 comments:

  1. I buy pretty much everything I possibly can organic. Milk, yogurt, fruit (except the fresh BC stuff at the farmer's market! So sad no peaches this week.), veg, various canned products . . . sometimes even wine! :-)

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  2. Ooh yum! This basket looks incredible! I buy all of my beef, chicken and eggs organic regularly. When I can, any other meats. Veggies and fruit are easy to find here in the Okanagan valley so 95% of these are also organic.

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  3. I always buy the "dirty dozen" organic as well as flour and bananas. I try hard on everything else depending on the price point.

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  4. i buy almost all of our groceries at the saskatoon farmers' market. anything i don't buy there is carefully checked so that i can make the choice for local (or as close to local as possible) and organic. the food we eat makes such an enormous difference to our health and to our world that it is worth the little bit of extra care and attention! (molly.nichol@gmail.com)

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  5. I buy most of my vegetables at the organic market, and my new favorite organic item is deodorant! it smells amazing & works like a dream!

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  6. oh, and you can reach me at tyacyshyn@concordegroup.ca or 403.401.4112! and I thought of another favorite organic product other than my deodorant : Black & Green spicy organic chocolate! 😍

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  7. I love buying from my parents friends who are producers in SK... Most are organic or almost 100% organic!

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  8. We try to buy almost everything organic, but focus especially on fresh produce. I also find it very difficult to choose between local and organic. Often during the summer, local and ethically grown produce is the clear winner. Thanks for this opportunity!

    Brenna

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  9. I try to buy produce and fruit I'm going to eat simply or raw organic -- I just figure the taste and quality might be better so the true flavor of the produce can shine. Also, since I'm not a huge meat eater anyway, I try and only buy organic/free range/wild meat!

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  10. We try to buy most produce organic (especially if it's going to be eaten raw or in a simple recipe -- figuring the flavor is usually better) and since I'm not a big meat eater anyway, we only buy organic/free range/wild/etc meat products!

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  11. we parent kids with medical issues and i learned early on that diet is crucial! i bake/make most of our products from scratch, but what i can't make, i buy locally (when i can) and organically (as i can afford). it makes a difference and the higher price is almost always worth it :-)

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  12. some food, shampoo and all hygiene items, medicine

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  13. I buy Nature's Path cereals and oatmeals, we love Crofter's jams. I buy some fruits/vegetables organic as I can afford such as carrots, mushrooms, berries and bananas. During the summers we go to the farmer's market frequently instead of going to the grocery store for our fresh produce needs.
    andrea_hockeygirl at hotmail dot com

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  14. I do try to buy mostly organic, but I agree that local comes first especially for produce!

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  15. I buy all our meat and chicken organic - I have finally come to realize the benefits in organic meat and veggies. I find the veggies are out of our price range, and hope the cost of organic veggies comes down in the near future. You can reach me at kelly@cogeco.ca

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  16. I sometimes buy organic meat and vegetables. The stores here don't have a whole of organic products and what they do have is so expensive. I buy if it is marked down or on clearance.

    brendapenton(at)gmail(dot)com

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  17. I try to buy organic as much as I can because as few chemicals I can put in my body, the better. - abaldwin@accesscomm.ca

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  18. We love our Summer CSA - 15 delicious weeks of organic and local veggies!

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  19. Certain fruits and veggies (ex. apples, berries) and meat, and some other incidentals just because I like those particular providers

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  20. I try to buy as much as I can organic, because it tastes so much better. Cooking from scratch is also a way to make better tasting food, and why not start with the best ingredients you can find.

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  21. I try to buy the "dirty dozen" of produce in organic form, especially those that make the list every year. Much easier in the summer when all the farmers markets are open.

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  22. As much as I can, but especially my daughter's food.

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  23. We haven't really seen too many organic products on for a good price. So not too much :o.

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  24. We buy organic produce as well as other products where we can - love Natures Path
    christy_eldred@hotmail.com

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  25. I try to buy organic whenever possible but am committed to buying only organic produce, usually from our farmer's market or food co-op.

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  26. We buy a lot of organic. Recently we have been buying as much organic as we can.

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  27. We get food that isn't produced locally organically - like chocolate and coffee. It seems like a decent compromise to enjoy things that don't grow in Saskatchewan. (heatherkroeters@yahoo.ca

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  28. I always buy organic Strawberries! Ya never know what pesticides are on non organic.
    Thanks!
    Email--> amyjaneheffernan@gmail.com

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  29. Bailey Dexter I buy almost everything organic & bake fresh so our family has as little chemicals entering into our bodies! Always fruit as well as meat!

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  30. So many great responses here!! Thanks to everyone for entering the contest!!

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  31. I buy a bit of everything organic. Vegetables and fruit are the hardest thing to get organic in my small town but I buy as much organic as I can. I also buy a lot of organic cereal, jam and snack products for the kids.

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  32. We try to buy at much organic as possible, but it's mainly fruits and veggies and dairy. Thanks! classen.claire{at}gmail.com (p.s., You probably don't remember, but I am a cousin of the Johnstons and we met a couple of times many (many!) years ago when you and Josee both lived in that walk-up unit on 124st. Anyway, it was nice to stumble upon your Instagram and blog!!)

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    1. Hi Claire! I do remember! It's so nice to hear from you! Thanks for entering the contest :)

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  33. all the fruits and veggies I buy are organic! :)
    dijana06@yahoo.ca

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  34. I try to buy as much organic food as possible, except for certain fruits and vegetables like bananas, where the skin will be disposed of.

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  35. I buy most of my produce organic, and I try to buy organic dairy products as well (although I do have to balance that against choosing dates that will let me use it all before it goes bad).

    ikkinlala AT yahoo DOT ca

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  36. I buy organic because I want to limit the amount of toxins going into my body.

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  37. Thanks to everyone who entered the giveaway. The winner has been contacted!!

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