But are they healthy? According to many health journals and nutrition studies conducted, organic fruits and vegetables can have up to 69 percent higher levels of certain antioxidants, helping reduce the risk of many diseases, including heart disease and certain cancers. Organic meats also have greater nutritional value, more good omega-3 fatty acids and less cholesterol than their conventional counterparts.
As people are gravitating towards healthier lifestyles and better food choices, they’re also switching to organic food products. Some rural community residents are finding these products, as the small-town local grocery stores only carry limited options for organic foods. To help expand these options and purchase organic foods, many seek the Farmer’s Markets. But again, you’re still left with having temporary access to organic food options as the market season is only a short-term solution. Business owners Danielle Ouellet and Chantelle Moore with Your Nutrition Depot have found the long-term solution to not only access farm-fresh organic foods year-round but also deliver them to your neighbourhood.
Your Nutrition Depot has been in operation for a year now, coaching clients who want to have healthier lifestyles using alternative and holistic approaches. Both owners are certified holistic health coaches who went into business to help others become healthier and have longevity. The company expanded operations to offer its customers a huge selection of farm-fresh organic foods from fruits, vegetables to meat products. It's a matter of changing their lifestyles, and for others, it’s changing eating habits. As Ouellet stated, “having a healthier body starts with what we put in our mouth. The foods we eat play a big part in the health of our body and our minds.” For these two business owners, expanding into organic foods fit perfectly with what they’re trying to achieve, and that’s to help people lead healthier lives through nutrition.
To bring in the best farm-fresh organic foods, the company deals with as many local certified organic farmers as possible before expanding into British Columbia, United States and Mexico. As Ouellet mentioned, "Some of the organic produce can’t be grown in Alberta like bananas, avocados and certain fruits, so we get those from the organic farms in the warmer climates.” Ordering organic food boxes not only provide you with healthier choices but makes grocery shopping a breeze with a simple phone call. Orders to Your Nutrition Depot are placed in advance, and once the product arrives, it’s sorted into the personal boxes and delivered right to you in your community. If you’re interested in learning more, check out their Facebook site or give them a call at 780-286-4444.
For those unfamiliar, the word organic refers to the way farmers grow and process their products, including dairy and meat. Organic farming follows much more stringent protocols and requirements than those with traditional farms. Farmers who choose to grow organic foods must be certified according to the new legislation set in 2019 by the Alberta Government. Before certifications are issued, farmers and processors must comply with the Canadian Organic Standard and undergo annual inspections. Part of the farming practices are designed to enhance soil and water quality, reduce pollution, provide safe, healthy livestock habitats, and enable natural livestock behaviour. Farmers cannot use synthetic fertilizers or sewer sludge to add nutrients to the soil or synthetic pesticides. The “must do and don’t do” list is quite lengthy, but overall the soil, produce and animals must be free of any synthetic products, chemicals or hormones.
Vicki Winger, Local Journalism Initiative Reporter, Whitecourt Press