Our Standards When it Comes to Organic

“My clients initially sparked my interest in eating and learning more about organic foods. They craved wholesome, local products, and in preparing recipes for them with fresh, locally-sourced ingredients, I suddenly realized what good food could be.”

– Chef Karen, Owner of The Focused Fork

Wonder why we’re committed to using organic foods for our meal delivery services? We’ve got answers. Read on to understand what organic means when it comes to your food, the benefits of eating organically, and the 5 locally-grown products we always use in the kitchen.

What is Organic?

organic food is clean food

We want certain foods to be safe from harmful residue or additives, which is why our team of personal chefs seeks out products that have been grown without preservatives, synthetic fertilizers, pesticides, sewage sludge, radiation, or genetically engineered. If we want to prepare the best healthy meals for our clients, we prefer to use foods that are “clean” a.k.a. organic.

The USDA organic standards are also very stringent and are, in part, the reason these products are more expensive. Farmers must abide by numerous regulations in order to be certified and the overall care for the food is far more superior. For example, every step of the growth cycle is taken into account: the plant, the soil, the farmer, the air, the water, and us, the eaters. Being eco-friendly costs a bit more, but isn’t it worth it?

Is Eating Organic Better for You?

are there benefits to eating organic?

While we’d love to say, “100%, yes, organic is better!”, no food is protected from food-borne illnesses, such as Salmonella or E. Coli. Even still, we believe people can improve their health and possibly live longer by eating clean, whole foods. This means more produce and less processed foods, which is why so many of our clients come to The Focused Fork in the first place! It’s hard to shop and prep and cook like this all the time (we get it!).

Is there any science backing the benefits to having a healthy organic diet? Yes. There is plenty of information out there. Check out these 4 Science-Backed Health Benefits to Eating Organic by TIME Magazine. There are also studies outlining the negative exposure to pesticides.

“There are no long-term studies about the potential impacts of pesticide residue on human health, but, according to a recent study, there is growing evidence that concentrated pesticide exposure is related to increased rates of chronic diseases like diabetes, cancer, and Alzheimer’s. Pesticides are especially dangerous for children and pregnant women. One of the main reasons to buy organic food is to avoid possible exposure to pesticides.”

– LifeProviDR

Are there any Negatives to Eating Organic?

Of course. Depending on the distance between farms and grocery stores, organic foods aren’t always accessible. Additionally, they tend to get a bad rap for having too short of a shelf-life, especially for the cost.

This is where we can be helpful. Our team knows which markets, co-ops, and grocery stores to go. We can get everything fresh, prepare our foods in a commercial kitchen, and deliver meals at the start of each week. Some of our clients have even claimed that delivery day from The Focused Fork is now their favorite day of the week!

“Loved our meals this week!  The portion sizes are perfect. We still feel like royalty eating our meals – like a fine restaurant! We were talking yesterday and agreed we enjoy trying new things. Monday has become our favorite day to the week!” 
 – Julie &  Tim Harris

5 Organic Foods We Always Use in the Kitchen

organic food standards

Greens

  • lettuce
  • spinach
  • kale
  • Swiss chard
  • Fresh Herbs

Fruits

  • Berries
  • Apples

Meats

  • Chicken
  • Beef
  • Pork

Dairy

  • Milk
  • Yogurt

Staples

  • Rice
  • Wheat

 

For Us, Food Needs to be Clean. How about You?

value of eating organic foods

If you visualize how organic food is produced, the care and thoughtfulness put into the process, you’ll recognize the value in eating foods where farmers consider things like: natural pest management, the use of non-GMO seeds, feeding food to animals that they’re meant to eat, avoiding the use of drugs to obtain “clean” food, etc.

All in all, we hope you find this information educational, and maybe it will even inspire you to create a lifestyle change when it comes to your diet. If you’d like to try shifting your eating habits and need a team who knows how to creatively prepare locally-sourced foods (so you don’t have to!), try us out.

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