Why MOM’s Sells Eden’s

Many customers have contacted MOM’s about Eden’s Organics, requesting that we pull the products because of their healthcare stance.  MOM’s response is:

As retailers we sometimes find ourselves working with companies that do not align with our values to a T.  For example, we carry brands like Cascadian Farm and Honest Tea which are owned by parent companies that have fought against the non-GMO propositions we support.  However, MOM’s Purpose is to protect and restore the environment, and our number one priority is organics.  We choose to support organic farming whenever possible, though we may disagree with other policies of some businesses.

Our Founder and CEO, Scott Nash, wrote to a customer:

I haven’t liked Eden’s for years. I think they’re zealots and don’t hold my or the general industry’s values. However, we don’t ban products based on ownership ideologies- that is not our place and would be a very fuzzy exercise of highly subjective analysis. I’m constantly getting called upon by customers to stop selling many products for a plethora of reasons having to do with ownership ideologies.  However, that is the consumer’s prerogative.

eden_foodsThere are a lot of great things about private ownership.  It allows MOM’s to pay fair wages and stay independent.  By the same token, it means that other privately owned businesses can do the same.  Whether I agree or not, I believe it’s important that people can act upon their own ideologies.

MOM’s goal is to stock a great variety hobby_lobbyof organic products, and to let customers vote with their purchases.  A few customers have suggested that we put up a sign about Eden’s birth control stance, and here’s why we won’t:  We don’t get in the way of customers’ choices to buy what is best for their health and their values.  We trust our customers’ decision-making processes.  And if customers stop buying Eden’s, MOM’s will stop selling them.

There are so many important causes, and so many things to consider when purchasing anything.  Sometimes I wish I could avoid purchases altogether!  I get frustrated when the “good guys” start to seem like “bad guys.”  But with any issue, there are multiple points of view, and some prevail over others.  If you don’t agree with their policies, by all means stop buying Eden’s.  That will send the strongest message.


Eva works at MOM’s Central Office

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Curious Produce: Little Potato Cucumbers

Jessup has a locally-grown (organic, of course) oddity on the shelf right now: the Little Potato Cucumber!

 

The texture is similar to a regular cucumber and the flavor is mild, mellow and cool, much like traditional cucumbers.

If you get a chance to check it out, please do!

Alyssa works in multiple MOMs locations!

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The Choice for Me: Chem Free!

Despite a recent and evolving Lyme’s diagnosis, I maintain my position of avoiding pesticide use.  As the ER team knows, I love to tell the kale “tree” story in which my kale crop flourished even in the depths of winter and grew so tall it was reminiscent of Jack & the Beanstalk.  I later learned my (former) neighbor Glen was heavily spraying my yard.  We moved out of that house, but not far away enough to escape Glen’s antics.

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Disclaimer: What follows is a true story.  No exaggerations or color commentary added.

Loud knock on the door.  Solicitor?  I want to ignore but think I have been spotted through the window.   Open and see the truck:  Chemical company called Alterra.

Kid: (Knocks on door). “I just signed your neighbor Glen up for our services and thought you might be interested.”

Me:  “As you can see (I gesture to the garden of flowering clover and dandelion remnants), I am a proponent of natural lawn care, so no thank you.  In fact, I am happy to no longer be Glen’s direct neighbor because of what he sprayed in my yard.”

Kid: Stays on the porch.  Awkward look on his face.

Me: (angry at the thought of neighbors and people everywhere poisoning me and others… is this a healthy response for my cortisol levels??  Am I being too judgmental?)  “In fact, I am vehemently opposed to pesticide use and what it does to human health, not to mention the environment.” (My face reddens, my voice is louder.)  “Take me off the list permanently and please don’t come back again.”

Kid: (Starts to back away.  Has not uttered a word since introducing himself.   Looks downtrodden, dumb-founded).

Me: (Feeling suddenly bad for crushing this kid’s spirit for future call, I hear myself say,) “Good luck.”  (Then realizing I do NOT want him to be successful in his efforts, retract and say: “Well actually, not good luck” (start to fumble over words)….”Nevermind, just have a good day!”

I wonder if I have become a zealot, and decide my position is sound.  I decide I want a permanent and beautifully designed wooded sign for my lawn.    Something nice and tasteful like the natural habitat signs!

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It might say, “Proud to use natural lawn care.  Proud to protect our community’s health and the planet. Proud to be chem free!”

Screen Shot 2014-03-10 at 10.14.38 AMThe next day (nope, couldn’t make this up), another young man knocks on the door.  Before he gets a word in I launch my spiel.  He waits and then proceeds to educate ME on the benefits of chrysanthemum oil and other natural repellents.   Again my face reddens, but this time I ask if he would like a glass of water and invite him in.

(To read more about how to naturally prevent ticks from infiltrating your yard, check out this great resource from Rodale’s.)

Ryan works at MOM’s Alexandria

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Philly Veg Fest = big hit

MOM’s was pretty excited to be part of Philadelphia’s first annual Veg Fest.

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The event took place at The Shambles, and it was a sunny day.  We weren’t sure what to expect for attendance, but a conservative estimate suggests around 5,000 people were there!

IMG_0681MOM’s had fresh organic oranges and bananas, compostable bags, stickers, magnets, tattoos, and more.   Look at all these people!

IMG_0685Big thank-you to Lydia of the Humane League, for making all the logistics happen.  Did we see you there?  What was your favorite part of the event?

Eva works at MOM’s Central Office.

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Nectarine Weekend Update!

The organic yellow nectarines are in!

They are spectacular – firm but ripe, with balanced sweet and tart, super-juicy and lip-smackingly flavorful. The price is great for a certified organic seasonal fruit at $1.99 per pound.

Recipes and helpful tips on nectarines here!  Come see us this weekend for #NectarineWeekend! And follow us on twitter: @MOMsOrganicMrkt

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Nectarine Weekend!

Here at MOMs we’re gearing up for a Friday delivery of fresh, organic yellow nectarines that we’ll have on a super sale all weekend and into next week, as supplies permit.

Nectarines2Besides the fact that biting into a ripe organic nectarine is one of the greatest delights in modern life, there are many wonderful recipes for nectarines. Perhaps one will debut in your home for Father’s Day:

Nectarine and Blue Cheese Salad with Plum Vinaigrette

Tomato, Nectarine and Mozzarella Salad

Nectarine Upside Down Cake (gluten-free)

Spiced Peach and Nectarine Jam with Candied Ginger

Caramelized Nectarines

Grilled Nectarines with Feta

Rustic Nectarine and Blackberry Crostata with Cornmeal Crust

Nectarine-Mint Wine Spritzer

Learn more about how to store and eat nectarines here! And remember to avoid the heavy pesticides used on conventional nectarines by purchasing certified organic. You’ll do some good for the earth, too, when you support organics!

Nectarine Weekend: Friday June 13 to Sunday June 15!

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Fair Trade Excursions

When I started working at MOM’s almost 6 years ago, I became instantly infatuated with Equal Exchange and the work they were doing in Fair Trade.  The day I received the coveted EE zip up hoodie was a pretty great day.   EE has been around since 1986 working to promote what they refer to as “authentic fair trade” –  supporting small farmer cooperatives.  This model encourages big change and economic sustainability through supporting collective units of farmers and communities.  The Fair Trade system was designed to support safe working conditions, economic sustainability, farmer community development, environmentally sound growing practices and appropriate payment.  This is the essence of the Fair Trade label.

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This past December, I was invited to come along with Mayorga Coffee staff to visit the Cinco de Junio Co-op in Las Sabanas, Nicaragua.  We visited two farms associated with the co-op, Finca San Jose and Finca La Sirena.

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Mayorga has taken great interest in figuring out a way for coffee farmers to maintain income while dealing with roya armarillo (coffee rust) that is causing major plant damage on many farms.  One of the ideas is growing chia seeds.  As this is a brand-new project Mayorga is funding, I was able to witness a round table discussion about project logistcs.  The farmers asked questions about payment, fears of failure, what-if-someone-came-along-with-a-better -offer, how it would be transported, etc.  I felt as though I was witnessing the essence of the farmer-to-distributor relationship.  Mayorga clearly cares about the well being of the farmers behind the brand and works hard to maintain strong, direct relationships with each farmer. They make regular visits to all farms and are very involved in supporting farmers as they continue to grow and thrive. More recently, I visited the Equal Exchange facility outside of Boston.  Upon arriving we spent some time learning from the coffee quality control manager.

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She’s been involved with EE for quite some time and really knows her stuff.  She talked about coffee batch quality checks.  The first step is appearance.  Coffee should all be uniform and free of damage.  Unfortunately there are times when coffee needs to be rejected for not meeting quality standards.  Upon rejecting the batch, she does what she can to help the farmers resolve the issue whether it be going out to the farm to help them understand what Equal Exchange is looking for, providing education needed, or perhaps providing technical support.  This represents another example of farmer and distributor working together to support a superb model of trade. IMG_0836The model of farmer relationships is an important one.  Without the farmer, industries would fail.  The Fair Trade Model creates a strong connection between consumer and producer, and is a reminder of the people involved in the food process.

Krista works at multiple MOM’s locations.

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