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A Moo-tastic Opportunity!

Hello friends!

I have very exciting news… I was selected as a top 10 finalist in the first ever Stonyfield Blogger Barnstorming Tour contest!!

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What is the Blogger Barnstorming Tour, you ask?

It’s an opportunity for three lucky bloggers to learn why buying and eating organic really is important, both for ourselves and for the planet. The three bloggers that get the most votes on Stonyfield’s website will take a weekend trip to New England in June, touring three organic dairy farms and an organic veggie farm. Cool!

I would love to win this contest to learn more about the organic food industry and why it’s important for us as consumers to support it. Here’s the essay I wrote accompanying my contest entry:

I know buying organic food is supposed to be important. I read about it, I hear about it; heck, I even tell other people about it. But to be honest, sometimes when I’m at the grocery store and I see the $5 organic milk sitting next to the $2 regular milk… I find it hard to shell out the extra money for something so abstract. What does organic REALLY mean? And why is it REALLY worth it for me to spend the extra cash? I’d love to be part of your blogger tour to answer these questions — not only for myself, but also my readers!

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As well as getting to take such a cool trip, the winning bloggers will also get $5,000 to donate to a charity of their choice! Were I chosen, I would donate my money to Girls on the Run. Girls on the Run is an organization I have always loved; they help preteen girls develop self esteem, improved eating attitudes, better body image, and a healthier lifestyle through running and positive role models. Body dissatisfaction and negative self-image are rampant in the U.S., especially among young girls, and this organization does an amazing job towards combating it.

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I would be honored and very grateful if you would take a moment to vote for me on Stonyfield’s website. Voting is open for one week — until May 25th at noon — and you can vote once a day. Please help spread the word!

Thank you :)

Question:

What are your thoughts on eating organic? Are there certain things you always make sure to buy organic, regardless of the cost?

p.s. Stay tuned — I have a super fun LA Boxing post coming tomorrow, including a giveaway!

Comments

  1. 1

    Congratulations! I entered and this sounds like an excellent time and opportunity!

  2. 2

    Congrats! I don’t think I’ve ever commented before, but I love your blog (and your general attitude). I often steal recipes from you too. Anyway, I had to comment because I’m so excited for you. I just voted :) I’ve only really cared about eating organic in the past year or so. I used to think it was just overpriced stuff for no real reason. But, I’ve learned more about the benefits of organic for the planet and for people. Like they say in “Food, Inc,” I feel like I’m casting a vote every time I buy organic at the store. I like supporting the farmers, even if they are part of big companies like Stonyfield. Good luck!

  3. 4

    Congrats on being a finalist! I hope you win :)

    I stick with the dirty dozen as far as buying organic goes. I pay more attention to it now that I’m feeding a kid :)

  4. 5

    Of course I will vote for you Anne! I love Girls on the Run! I am trying to get my company involved with the one in our area. Such a great cause! :)

  5. 6

    i try to buy organic when i can, but usually my budget will determine whether it actually happens or not. i do love me some stonyfield yogurt and oikos though!

  6. 7

    Awesome opportunity!! I voted for ya :)

  7. 8

    Yay for being a finalist! I’ll go vote now :)

  8. 9

    Congrats!
    Great blog!
    I try to eat organic- it can be expensive sometimes but I do make a concerted effort to pick organic across the board!

  9. 10

    I voted for you :)

    There isn’t one specific item that I always buy the organic version of–but I do buy organic food.

    Often my decision to buy is based on price. I just read an article in the WSJ this morning about pesticides having an impact on kids–so I think if I were pregnant I would eat organic foods.

  10. 11

    Hi anne!
    I always buy organic and local…it is best for the environment and for your own health! I see some of your commenters saying that it is important to do when you are pregnant, and I totally agree…it is also really important to do for your own health, and other loved ones! In my travels, I have seen the full body suits and face masks that people wear as they apply pesticides on to crops! I hope you win and you can share your experiences with everyone!
    Miss you!

  11. 12

    Congrats! Sounds like such a great opportunity :)

    I was actually having this conversation with two friends (separately) over the weekend. I was kind of excited that I wasn’t the only one thinking about where our foods comes from and how it’s processed. Where I live, organic milk is way more than $5 (*waves from Canada*) so for a lot of people they find that really tough to pay, but I don’t drink regular milk, and on the odd time I do have to buy it, I also buy organic.
    For fruits/veggies, I stick to the dirty dozen list, and for other veggies, I’ll price compare between the regular and organic, sometimes the weekly sales are cheaper for organic.
    A lot of the time it comes down to my budget as to how much I can purchase that is organic, but I really try to buy mostly organic items

  12. 13

    Congrats, m’dear! That’s really exciting.

  13. 14

    WOW congrats Anne! Your entry is so well written. I ask the same questions when I’m at the grocery store. I can’t wait to hear about your tour!

  14. 15

    I voted for you! :)

    I buy some organic stuff but it is hard to when a lot of it is so much more expensive than other things. It is a balancing act of my budget and my health

  15. 16

    So excited for you Anne! :D

  16. 17

    I always buy organic dairy (milk and eggs I buy a lot)- no growth hormones for me! My Mom always got us organic milk when I was growing up before it was a thing, and I really appreciate that. I also buy organic produce when it is available. It’s better for me, I want to support companies producing organic products, it is preventing toxic pesticides from getting to the land and the workers. I try to buy local if possible too- I avoid things flown in from far away (carbon cost of a plane flying asparagus out of season from peru = a lot!). I learned a lot from Michael Pollan’s book, Omnivores’s Dilemma, about big vs small organic companies and what this really means. Good luck with the contest, I’ll keep voting!

  17. 18

    The CEO of Stoneyfield went to my high school in NH, and came to speak at Babson recently about sustainability- he is AMAZING! If you can network with him I definitely recommend it!

  18. 19

    Absolutely we’re voting for you! Good luck!

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