Did you know that eating conventional produce increases your risk of pesticide contamination by 30%? And chowing down on non-organic chicken and pork increases your risk of exposure to antibiotic-resistant bacteria by 33%? This is all according to a 2012 Annals of Internal Medicine report.
If you're not already sold on the benefits of eating organic, consider this: organic foods may have more nutrients than their conventionally produced counterparts. Organic broccoli, for example, has higher levels of antioxidants and vitamin C than the traditionally produced variety, found a 2012 Journal of the Science of Food and Agriculture study. There’s also evidence of more heart-healthy omega-3s in organic poultry and dairy.
So eating organic is good for you and your family, but here's more: organic grub is good for Mother Earth. Foods advertised as organic must be grown by farmers who aim to use renewable resources, and conserve the soil and water. These practices preserve the environment and help prevent the extinction of numerous animal species.
So, here are some of our favorite local organic hot spots. Plus, check out these great markets featuring eco-friendly fare:
Hours of Operation: Mon - Thu, 11am - 10pm; Fri, 11am - 11pm; Sat, 11:30am - 11pm; Sun, noon - 10pm
What They Offer: Wild Rice serves sushi and a full menu of pan Asian (Chinese, Thai and Southeast Asian) dishes at moderate prices. Upon request, Wild Rice serves low-fat organic foods prepared without MSG. Organic brown rice is also available.
Fat Cat Pie Company and Fat Cat Joe
Hours of Operation: Monday–Thursday, Sunday: 8:00am–10:00pm; Friday–Saturday, 8:00am–11:00pm
What They Offer: Fat Cat Pie Company's organic mixed field green salad has a variety of mix-ins to choose from. Fat Cat Joe offers a breakfast and lunch menu of Fat Cat Organic Breakfast Pies made with local, fresh eggs and your choice of toppings. It also serves organic loose-leaf teas and juices.
The Lime Restaurant
Hours of Operation: Mon - Sat 11am - 4pm and 5pm - 10pm; Sunday 4:30pm - 9:30pm
What They Offer: Serving the Norwalk area for over 30 years, their menu offers a variety of lunch and dinner items along with their own homemade whole grain bread, soups, sauces and salad dressings. On the drink menu is a host of organic beers, soda or wine.
Burger Bar & Bistro
Hours of Operation: Sun - Thurs, noon - 10pm; Fri, Sat, noon - midnight
What They Offer: The menu offers an extensive selection of comfort foods prepared from fresh, organic, all natural ingredients.