Farmer's Markets & Food Co-ops
Did you know that a hamburger from a single cow on one farm is much less likely to be contaminated with E. coli than standard supermarket hamburger, which can contain meat from up to eight different animals? The story is the same for bagged spinach: leaves from many different fields are mixed together in large processing facilities, spreading any contamination around and magnifying the problem. Support your local farmers markets and food co-ops. They are the way to go these days. Get your local vegetables and fruits as well as meats there. I like going to Warwick Farmer's Market on Sundays. I just love the atmosphere. More often than not, though, I buy my veggies and fruits from Hungry Hollow Food Co-op in Chestnut Ridge, NY (www.hungryhollow.org). You can "Like" them on Facebook too! But there are local farmers markets everywhere. Check out "Local Harvest" and find one near you.