Archive for April, 2010

Cinco de Mayo – A Very Important Day

April 30th, 2010 | Simcha Weinstein | 1 Comment »

ay 5th is Cinco de Mayo. In the world of produce, it is one of the biggest days for avocado sales, sometimes even exceeding sales during Super Bowl week. What I find interesting about this holiday is how few people actually know or understand what this holiday is really about.

Affecting Change!

April 28th, 2010 | melody | Comments Off on Affecting Change!

On April 14-15, I was both fortunate and proud to represent Albert’s Organics and UNFI at the OTA’s Policy Conference and Hill visit days in Washington, D.C.

More on Earth Day

April 23rd, 2010 | Simcha Weinstein | Comments Off on More on Earth Day

To many pioneers of the environmental movement, eco-consumerism, creeping for decades, is intensely frustrating and detracts from Earth Day’s original purpose.

April 22nd – Let’s Celebrate!

April 21st, 2010 | Simcha Weinstein | 1 Comment »

Tomorrow is Earth Day and I want to wish everyone a Happy Earth Day . If possible, please celebrate this day in some capacity, even if it’s simply carving out a few minutes to acknowledge and reflect on what a treasure our planet is.

Organic Milk Just Got Better!

April 16th, 2010 | Simcha Weinstein | Comments Off on Organic Milk Just Got Better!

On June 17, 2010 a new USDA regulation will go into effect that as Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack explains, “will give consumers confidence that organic milk or cheese comes from cows raised on pasture, and organic family farmers the assurance that there is one, consistent pasture standard that applies to dairy products.” After more than 5 years of working on this issue with farmers, retailers and trade associations, we now have a new rule in place. The new regulation requires that dairy cows graze during the grazing season, for a minimum of 120 days. The previous rule was pretty vague and required only access to pasture, but did not necessarily require the use of it.

Tofu – You Gotta Love It… Or Not

April 14th, 2010 | george | 2 Comments »

Tofu seems to be a pretty partisan food – you either love it or hate it. There is very little going on in the middle ground. The argument for those who love it goes like this: it’s a wonderful “vessel food”. You can make it taste like whatever food you want, simply by adding the right sauce, vegetables or meats to it. It will typically pick up the flavors of these ingredients and you quickly forget that on its own, it has very little flavor. This of course, segues into the argument for tofu haters: it’s flavorless, has a spongy texture, and is basically a pretty bland product.

The Family Farm – What’s Next?

April 9th, 2010 | Simcha Weinstein | 2 Comments »

As buying locally produced food becomes an increasingly more popular option, the small family farm will need to play a much larger role in our food distribution chain.

School Food – A Hopeful Step Forward

April 7th, 2010 | Simcha Weinstein | 1 Comment »

The amendment would authorize the Secretary of Agriculture to establish an organic food pilot program that would provide grants on a competitive basis to school food authorities to increase the amount of organic foods provided to schoolchildren under the school feeding program.

Is Angus the Best Tasting Beef?

April 2nd, 2010 | Simcha Weinstein | 2 Comments »

There are many who believe that the best beef in the world is Angus. Of course, for years, those that had competing breeds considered this information strictly anecdotal. However, in the last few years the Clay Center in Nebraska has performed quite a few tests on different breeds and their test (the Warner-Bratzler shear force […]