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Fresh vs. Fad

Eating organic is cool, right? Well, I never wanted to fall into a fad for the sake of following a fad. When the whole organic movement really picked up, I was like most people. I didn’t believe it. It felt like a gimmick- another way to sell similar produce at a premium. But now that I’m older, I shop for myself, cook for myself, eat for myself. It’s not until recently that I realized that ‘organic’ isn’t a fad. It’s here to stay. It took some convincing, but with my recent move to Chicago where organic foods, farmers markets, and the farm-to-table movement are so prevalent, I began to understand why so much momentum has been built. The food tastes better. That’s it. My office gets organic fruits delivered every Tuesday and everyone gets pumped (not just because it’s free…well, maybe). I always hoarded the fruit because, well, it was there and I was hungry. To be perfectly honest, I always thought the fruit tasted good, but not necessarily any different than the produce you get from a normal grocery store. It’s not until a couple of months ago when it was blueberry season that I had an epiphany. The day after I ate a handful of blueberries from my office I went to the supermarket closest to me and bought a pack of the delicious berries. The next day, I brought them to work with a smile on my face thinking, “I can’t wait to snack on these later.” However, when I finally did, it felt wrong. What was this taste? A dull version of the bright, sweet blueberries I had the day before. They were flat and lacked texture and that bite I had become so familiar with. I was disappointed. And though it may sound like an exaggeration, that was when I decided I wanted to change my lifestyle. Though I have a great job, it doesn’t pay as much as I’d like. Coupled with living in a big city, money can be low. But as I’ve grown up, I’ve realized that some things are just worth it. Good food and drink definitely are. Since those blueberries, I’ve really begun noticing little, yet significant differences between organic produce and the conventional produce I was so used to- the color, the feel, the taste. Mentality wise, eating organic makes me feel better. And when you dig down into the processes used to produce organic foods, there’s a feeling of comfort knowing you’re not really ingesting anything unnecessary- just the food at its best. I want to help preserve and build this culture because it feels right. We’re actually doing justice to the food. So needless to say, this is a slow, somewhat costly change in my habits. But I don’t feel too bad about it. A fresh change that isn’t just a fad feels good.