Jay’s Organic Corner:
Tips For Healthful Living
By Jay North www.GoingOrganic.com
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out whenever you can! Leaving the city can be a healthful experience
— one you won’t soon forget!
There is always something
quite special about leaving the city and taking a ride out into
the country. There is more to the experience then simply jumping
into the car and taking a drive. There is the expectation and
the awe of the beautiful scenery, the adventure of the day mixed
with a dash of mystery of what might be just around the corner.
I never plan a trip — I let the road make the plans, and
I just go along to see what might happen. For many city dwellers,
high income jobs and fancy homes are reasons enough to live in
high density areas. There is also the enjoyment of living close
to multi--cultural aspects of city life, and there is diversity
in music, food and social life, but, one of the other nice things
about living in the city is the ability to leave whenever you
can. Getting out of the city for many would-be country dwellers
is based on a deep desire to reconnect with nature, and just one
way to do so is to visit rural organic farmers.
to note that less then a century ago most Americans actually lived
out in the country, not in cities as they do now. Yes, for many
people who might prefer to move back out to the woods or plains,
economics keeps them shut in — in high stress jobs and in
high-rise apartments and tract homes. Many, many people left the
country style of living just after the end of World War II in
search of a better life with a somewhat higher income than farming
was able to produce. But, now many dissatisfied people wish to
reconnect with their country roots, and getting out on weekends
is the perfect way to do it.
From the east coast
to the west coast and everywhere in between, there is no lack
of “out in the country” opportunities, and what a
wonderful way to pump up our health at the same time by visiting
an organic farm.
As one leaves the city
and heads out into open spaces, one can feel the immediate response
down to their deepest core — awe, fresh air, beautiful scenery,
and an overjoyed feeling of relaxation. For many of us, this is
a requirement in life, sort of a compulsion or addiction to the
great outdoors, while for others, it may just mean a break and
time to experience something new and perhaps an exciting way to
get away and relax.
Relax by visiting your
local (i.e. within a one to two hour drive) organic farmers and
tasting their treats. One could make an entire vacation and a
long outing by visiting organic farmers throughout the country,
getting a feel for the lifestyle, and perhaps making a life-changing
decision — move out of the city.
The travel choices
are vast, with small country farms, roadside stands, organic restaurants,
organic coffee shops, live entertainment events, and rather large
gatherings, such as the Rainbow Gathering, that happens only once
each year in a US state different from the previous state.
Just one example of
getting out of the city is a visit to the Farmer and the Cook
in Ojai (pronounced O-Hi), CA. The Farmer and the Cook is an organic
farm combined with an organic market and restaurant. It is owned
and operated by the farmer and the cook couple who live their
dream by supplying the community with fresh organic vegetables
and great cooked or raw vegetarian food. They get repeat visitors
from Los Angeles, Santa Barbara, Ventura, and as far away as San
Many of their repeat
costumers state that “coming to the Farmer and the Cook
has become habitual. We love the drive out to the farm, and a
stop at the restaurant always makes us feel at home and healthy
by just eating their tasty and healthy food. It’s a truly
While the Farmer and
the Cook is rather unique, there are hundreds of stops throughout
the country where one can have very similar experiences. One being
the Farm just outside Nashville, TN and another, also simply called
the Farm, is located near Tonasket & Twisp, WA.
What are the health
benefits of such trips that one can look forward to? Getting out
of the noise pollution, out of the smog, out of heavy traffic,
away from the computer and TV, and just unwinding. Also, one can
look forward to the wonderful assortment of organic fruits and
vegetables one will have the opportunity to eat.
So, America, get out
when you can and help support an Organic America. Your health
will be thankful that you did!
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