Change in Delivery Schedule for Christmas Week

Christmas wk 2014We have a LOT going on at South Shore Organics – first and foremost, let’s talk about the change in schedule for the week of Christmas.

 

ALL BASKETS ON CHRISTMAS WEEK WILL BE DELIVERED TWO DAYS EARLIER:

Monday – emails will go out as usual

Tuesday – Nourish to Flourish bags (unchanged) and all Thursday baskets will be delivered

Wednesday – all Friday baskets will be delivered

Just a short side note – due to the shortened time frame, we will not be doing our regular baskets, instead, we will offer two sizes – small ($35) and a large ($45) filled with all the popular basics, and no substitutions that week.  We will look at the basket you currently receive and assign accordingly, so:

Small (Single Select and Leaf Eaters)

Large (Humble Harvest, On The Go, Family Harvest, Leaf Eaters, Veggie, and Fruit)

We hope you will work with us to support our farmers this holiday, and bring local food to your table for your meals.  If you need to cancel for the week, please let us know as soon as possible.

Next, we are moving the basket packing and delivering operation to a new site that will have more space – we are SO excited.  Our existing cider mill barn has served us well over the past three years, but for so many operational reasons, it’s time.  The move of our packing tables and fridges will take place between Christmas and New Year, so please note:

BETWEEN CHRISTMAS AND NEW YEAR THERE WILL BE NO BASKET DELIVERY.

Which brings us to the next ground breaking piece of news – after much thought and consideration, we have decided that the store will be closed permanently.  Phew.  I said it out loud.  We LOVE all the people we have met, and we love seeing our delivery customers when they pop in.  The support for the little store has been wonderful, and we have been so touched in so many ways to see how much people care about their food, we have had the best conversations, we have watched people meet and friendships blossom, and we have basked in the enthusiasm of all the children who have crossed our threshold.  For all these reasons, this was not an easy decision.  And because I feel the store was more than just a retail space, and because I value the time (and dollars) our customers have spent in the store, I wanted you to hear it from me first.  At the end of the day, it was an investment of time vs. results ratio – there are so many places local food still needs to grow on the south shore for it to become part of our hardwired landscape, from farmers markets, to farm to school programs, community outreach and education programs, and broadening the reach and accessibility of good clean food right down to the expansion of the farms themselves, and I felt that the store was such a big commitment, it prohibited us from reaching many other goals, goals that have far more meaning and value to the community we serve.  And at the end of the day, the reach of the store was very localized, and not accessible to our whole delivery area.  So we have a way to fix that, and we will be telling you more about it in the New Year.  You will still have access to all your store favorites, I promise, we are not taking anything away, just making it different, less wasteful and more sustainable AND we will still be able to offer pickups in the future for the customers who preferred it.

So, on that note, I am excited for everything the New Year holds, and we remain passionately committed to developing a sustainable local food system that our children, and their children might also enjoy

by Pam Denholm

Hope: It’s in the numbers . . .

Label GMOs

Adapted from Berkshire Organics Newsletter

A lot can happen in a month.  In the weeks leading up to the November election, many were anxious to see whether voters would show support of GMO labeling laws.  In the weeks following, many have continued to anxiously await a final tally in Oregon.  This has not only been the costliest fight so far for GMO labeling, it is also the closest vote ever recorded on the issue.  The amazing thing is that we still don’t know the outcome.  With an official loss on Measure 92 by only 812 votes (out of 1,506,144), this incredibly close race prompted an automatic recount.  Scheduled to be completed by December 12, this recount will be conducted by certified officials and overseen by electors on both sides of the vote.  While clean food advocates around the world wait for the final results, it’s safe to say that whether Measure 92 passes or not, the numbers alone are enough to give us hope.

For many, this hope was present well before Oregon declared a recount.  After polls closed, the numbers were so close that the OR Right to Know campaign began an unprecedented movement to get every possible vote.  Volunteers from all over the country got busy reaching out to those 13,000 who had not been counted because of signature issues, and the development of a Facebook App to alert friends if their vote was missing led to over 6000 downloads.  Clearly, a great many people still feel strongly that their vote counts for something, and are holding out hope for a win.  Recount aside, there’s also hope to be found in some of the other numbers connected to the fight to label GMOs in OR.  For instance, with 100% of the $16 million in donations to the “NO on 92” side coming from corporations with a major stake in keeping GMOs in and labels off of food, the “YES on 92” campaign showed the world just how powerful the underdog could be.  In total, the YES side raised over $7 million, with about half coming from corporations, and the remainder from small businesses, consumers, and farmers.

This hope can also been seen in Hawaii, where the November election had just over 50% of residents (a difference of 1077 people) in Maui voting for a moratorium on GMO planting in the county.  Just days after the vote, however, a federal judge granted a preliminary injunction in a lawsuit filed by Monsanto and Dow AgroSciences, preventing the initiative from taking effect until the court considers its legal merits further.  Almost immediately, there was a counter-suit seeking “declaratory relief to assure transparency and the proper implementation” of the initiative, and it was filed by 5 county residents against both Monsanto and Dow.  Awesome.

As Republicans take control of the Senate and expand their control of the House in 2015, it will be interesting to see what congressional changes develop around GMOs.  For instance, if the Safe and Accurate Food Labeling Act (industry-endorsed, of course) starts to see support, it would preclude state mandated labeling laws by instituting voluntary GMO labeling nationwide.  It’s worth remembering, however, that numbers don’t lie.  The incredibly close margins & subsequent recount in OR, the huge contributions from farmers, consumers, and small businesses (compared to the corporate backing of the NO on 92 campaign), and the five individuals currently in a lawsuit against two of the biggest Agro-businesses on the planet are all reminders that the movement is gaining momentum, and there is hope still for this to come to fruition.