This month, the Soil Association has launched Organic September, a month of UK Events celebrating organic.
I have to admit that in the past organic products etc are not something that I have paid much attention to. However, only recently I have been taking the time to research what organic truly means and why shopping organic wherever possible is important.
September will see the Soil Association working with retailers, big and small, along with some of the UK’s finest organic producers to host events ranging from talks to demonstrations and tastings, to make it that much easier for the consumer to try organic.
Amongst others, Organic September Saturday on the 16th sees Soil Association and Whole Foods Market team up to enable the public to sample a selection of the incredible BOOM (Best of Organic Market) award winners products in stores.
Ultimately, the month is dedicated to help shoppers understand organic and that organic is food as it should be. This means whenever you see the organic symbol you can be sure what you buy has been produced to the very highest standards. It means fewer pesticides, no artificial additives or preservatives, the highest standards of animal welfare and no GM ingredients. All of which is really important for your health!
What I didn’t previously realise until recently is that it’s not only fruit and vegetables that can be organic, it is everyday items like milk, tea, cereal, pasta, and meats too. So, even if you can just make one change to your weekly shop at a time, why not try it?
During September, there are numerous events happening up and down the country making it easy for anyone and everyone to try organic, meet the incredible producers and taste food as it should be.
Take a look at some of the Organic events running across the UK and see if you can make it to one this month:
Organic September Saturday featuring events and tastings in Independents across the country. Visit www.soilassociation.org/
WholeFoods Market Takeover
Visit Wholefoods Kensington for a chance to meet over 15 BOOM award winning brands and food bloggers, for a day of sampling, and exciting cookery demos in the kitchen pop up
Daylesford Harvest Festival
Daylesford near Kingham, Gloucestershire, GL56 0YG
Offering a whole host of educational, delicious and fun activities to celebrate what our gardens and pastures have produced during the summer.
Soil Association Talks Series – with Mind Body Bowl (Annie Clarke)
Whole Foods Market, Kensington, London, W8 5SE
The panel discussion will explore the longevity of clean living, why it is integral for our health, mind, body and beauty and why it shouldn’t be considered as a ‘fad’ movement.
Foraging & Wild Cookery Event
Riverford Field Kitchen, Wash Farm Bungalow, Buckfastleigh TQ11 0JU
Spend an evening with forager Stu Woodman, who will be foraging ingredients around the farm and working with local craft brewery, Barnaby’s Brewhouse, to produce two special foraged beers to serve for the evening along with a special foraged nine-dish menu.
River Cottage: Borough Market Takeover
Borough Market, London, SE1 9AH
Borough Market has invited
River Cottage to head to the city to deliver a season of cookery courses, free talks and events at London’s world famous Borough Market.
Organic food is available nationwide in over 8,000 supermarkets, independent shops, box schemes, cafes and restaurants. Always look for the Soil Association to know you are choosing organic. When you see the Soil Association logo you can be sure what you buy has been produced to the very highest standards.
Visit the Soil Association website to find participating partners and to download the Get Started Organic kit and find events, shops and cafes on the UK Organic Map.
*This post is in partnership with Soil Association in exchange for gifted items.