|Picking the lovely berries at Whitted Bowers Farm in Cedar Grove, NC|
|A nice view of the berry fields!|
|A close up of the fresh picked berries|
As if just the joy of a peak season strawberry isn't enough to celebrate on its own, the Whitted Bowers strawberries are extra fabulous for another reason. Not only are they organic, but they are also biodynamic! Now perhaps that doesn't mean much to you, but I think it should for several reasons. First of all, strawberries are one of those foods on the Dirty Dozen list, meaning that they are in the top 12 foods for having pesticide contamination on the food if not organic. You can see a link to find out the other top 12 offenders from this CNN Link to the Dirty Dozen most pesticide exposed fruits and vegetables. So for me personally, I really go out of my way to buy organic strawberries or I just don't eat them.
But the even more exciting thing about Whitted Bowers' berries and food in general is that they also go the extra MILE to be certified by the Demeter association for biodynamics. Now to explain all about biodynamics would be a whole blog post in itself, but perhaps at first glance it is just good to know that the certification standards for Demeter exceed the standards of the US National Organic Program and the Stellar Organic Certification program. Rob Bowers, from Whitted Bowers Farm, once described it to me briefly as biodynamics being that the farmer pays attention to everything when it comes to farming. He wants to know what the planets are doing, he wants to know that the land is being nourished between seasons, and he wants to learn as much about the natural cycle of nature as possible to be able to farm in harmony with nature. The Demeter association says Biodynamic farming is a holistic and regenerative farming system that is focused on soil health, the integration of plants and animals, and biodiversity. It seeks to create a farm system that is minimally dependant on imported materials, and instead meets its needs from the living dynamics of the farm itself. It is the biodiversity of the farm, organized so that the waste of one part of the farm becomes the energy for another, that results in an increase in the farm’s capacity for self-renewal and ultimately makes the farm sustainable. To learn more about biodynamics, you can click here. There are also a lot of recommended readings from the site at Whitted Bowers farm.
In celebration of all things strawberry, let me leave you with a link to one of my favorite children's books that is read on utube at this link: The Little Mouse, The Red Ripe Strawberry and the Big Hungry Bear. Yes, indeed, there's only one way to keep that red, ripe strawberry from the big hungry bear.... we'll cut it in two, share half with me, and we'll both eat it all up!