Archive for January, 2010

In Search of Apples . . . and More

January 29th, 2010 | melody | Comments Off on In Search of Apples . . . and More

Over the next couple of weeks I want to share with you my adventures, observations and education from my travels to New Zealand to meet with our our organic apple growers that we will be working with as we look to start up the New Zealand season in April

The Joy of Butter

January 26th, 2010 | george | Comments Off on The Joy of Butter

“We cannot live by bread alone; we must have butter.” I tend to agree. As far as my taste buds are concerned, there is nothing better than a giant organic baked potato with a slice of butter melting and oozing into the depths of the potato. I believe Julia Child got it right when she […]

Grillin’ While Chillin’

January 22nd, 2010 | Simcha Weinstein | Comments Off on Grillin’ While Chillin’

Whether you like burnin’ or low and slow, don’t let your taste for BBQ get set aside just because it’s a little chilly.

The Other Green Revolution

January 20th, 2010 | Simcha Weinstein | Comments Off on The Other Green Revolution

So, let’s look at how well the first Green Revolution turned out. There is no doubt that it had a level of success as an immediate stop-gap measure. It allowed poor, under-cultivated countries to have their food supplies catch up with their population growth. But there were also considerable long-term downsides that were never addressed.

Feeding Haiti

January 15th, 2010 | Simcha Weinstein | Comments Off on Feeding Haiti

Farming plays a very significant role in the life of Haitians. This country is extremely dependent on farming, not only for its food supply, but for people’s livelihood, and it looks like there will be many obstacles to getting back on track with everyday farming in Haiti.

Organic Farming Certification

January 13th, 2010 | Simcha Weinstein | Comments Off on Organic Farming Certification

A frequent question we get at Albert’s is “what exactly is involved for growers in receiving their organic certification”? The process itself is fairly elaborate involving a near overload of paperwork, and a pretty substantial fee. The website ecotippingpoints has a wonderful section that summarizes the organic certification process for U.S. growers. Thanks to ecotippingpoints […]

The Cost of Organic Foods

January 8th, 2010 | Simcha Weinstein | 1 Comment »

No retailer wants to be in a position to explain higher prices. The strategy in the Organic Industry should not be a defensive one on this issue, but rather we should acknowledge the observation and move to educate the consumer as to why there is a differential in pricing between conventional and organic food.

So, What is Marketing?

January 5th, 2010 | Simcha Weinstein | Comments Off on So, What is Marketing?

Typically in any organization, Marketing is the biggest mystery to those who work there. All of the other departments tend to focus on operations – getting the product or service out the door and in front of the customer – and this is usually easy to understand as a concept. It’s not that Marketing doesn’t […]