HOT OFF THE PRESS!
Advocates' 3rd edition of the Consumer's Guide to Eating Organics
While some organic industry experts
say there's been about a 30 percent growth in organic sales each
year, many consumers are still having trouble finding organics
in their neighbourhoods. In fact, one of the most often asked
questions we hear is Where can I buy organic food?
To address that question, in 1996 Organic Advocates - Knives
& Forks published the first edition of the Consumers
Guide to Eating Organics, a directory that gave a comprehensive
listing of Ontario certified-organic farmers who produced organic
food and where to buy it; stores that sold organic food; and
restaurants that served it. Due to popular demand, we updated
and reprinted a second edition, which was eagerly snapped up
by interested consumers.
With our third edition, weve included
more than 300 stores across Ontario, about 100 certified-organic
farmers, a dozen organic-food delivery services in Metropolitan
Toronto and updated information about organic agriculture and
genetically modified foods. (To order, see below.)
Eventually, we hope to have a searchable database containing
all of these farms and stores, with regular updates. (If you're
a farmer or run a store selling organic products, click
here to sign up for the database.) This on-line database
will not only provide valuable sourcing information for consumers
and chefs, but farmers will also be able to use it to find potential
markets for their organic food.
Until the database is developed, we are offering the farm
and store listings as Adobe Acrobat PDFs.
By using the "Find"
command (under the "Edit" menu or the binoculars
icon) in Adobe Reader, you can search for stores in your neighbourhood
by typing in the first 3 characters of your postal code, or the
name of a main street in your community or your town name. As
well, you can search for any farm that grows organic strawberries,
stores that carry organic meat, farms that are only certified
by Demeter, the name of a store that you've heard offers a wide
selection of organic products, etc.
Please note, however, that the information in the store
and farm directories are listed differently (see "How
to read these listings" for each section) and therefore
your search words may need to change. The farm directory
details specific products that the farmer offers (for example,
mesclun mix, potatoes, raspberries, basil, lamb, eggs, yogourt)
whereas the store directory provides general categories (including
produce, meat, dairy products, processed foods, bulk foods, beverages,
(*To read these documents you will
need Adobe Acrobat Reader -- available free from Adobe's
Organic Advocates is offering the Consumer's Guide to Eating
Organics at the special price of $5 (plus
$2.50 for shipping and handling).
To order your copy, fill out the form below and send a
cheque (including shipping and handling)* with your name
and address or a print-out of this form to Organic Advocates
- Knives & Forks, c/o Zalia Conde, S-14200, Sideroad 18,
R.R. #4, Sunderland, Ont., L0C 1H0. Please allow several weeks
for processing. For bulk orders or other information about the
consumer's guide, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org
I would like to order:
number of consumer's
*Please note that we cannot process your consumer's guide
order until we receive your cheque.