Travel Eats: To greener pastures (of organic salad) with Earthbound Farm

September 24, 2014

Earthbound Farm Organic: Salad Making Tips | One Hungry Mama

It’s travel week here at One Hungry Mama! Travel and eating go so well together, but there can be more to it than just experiencing new flavors. Our family trip to a Parmesan dairy in Italy this summer was a wonderful reminder of how powerful it is to connect with how our food is grown and made.

Day to day, meals can feel like a chore but—take just one moment to stop and think about this—the food that we put on the table is the stuff that goes inside our bodies and our kids’ bodies. What we feed ourselves and our family is the fuel that powers our day and our children through learning, growing, and playing. I know how easy it is to get lured in by processed food shortcuts that make kid-friendly dinners easy breezy, especially during the school year, but it’s a scary slippery slope. One look at most ingredients labels is proof.

The good news—no, the great news—is that there are a lot of socially-minded companies making delicious, wholesome food products that help make dinner fast and healthy. Earthbound Farm Organic is one of them. The company that revolutionized salad (they were the first to sell pre-washed greens!), is on the forefront of making organic produce accessible; their products are available in 75% of markets in America!

From greens that you can eat straight out of the package, to salad kits that save me from my lunch-avoidant ways on weekly basis, and frozen fruit that make it possible for my kids’ smoothies to be organic, Earthbound Farm Organic has been leading the sustainable charge for years.  So, yea, I’d say that I was pretty excited to be invited to visit Earthbound Farm Organic to see and learn more about how they are growing and making so many of the the products that I love using in my kitchen everyday.

Not only are Earthbound Farm Organic products groundbreaking, but so are their practices. The majority of Earthbound Farm partner farmers run their equipment on biodiesel.  Earthbound Farm also makes its salad clamshell packaging from post-consumer recycled plastic. The company helps offset the carbon emissions of its processing plant’s energy usage every year by planting trees with American Forests. Since 1999, Earthbound Farm has planted more than 710,711 trees, which will absorb about 242,964 tons of CO2 during their lifetimes. As much as I love visiting farms, I’ve seen how fruits and veggies grow. But how can so much produce grow and be packaged sustainably? I’m most excited to learn more about that.

I hope you’re excited to come with me on this trip to beautiful Northern California, even if just through words and pictures. (Is that mean? I’d pack you in my bag if I could!) It’s going to be a delicious journey with lots of recipes and tidbits learned about what I hope is the future of farming, which is the present of farming at Earthbound Farm Organic. They’re doing what I hope all produce growers will be doing by the time my children are grown—for their health and the health of the planet.

Grilled Chicken Mango Salad recipe | One Hungry Mama

Earthbound Farm What's Your Salad Sign quiz | One Hungry Mama

So go ahead and make my Grilled Chicken and Mango Salad (a readily deconstructable salad that’s easy to share with kids) with ingredients from our favorite organic supermarket brand and, if you want to have a little fun, take the Earthbound Farm Organic What’s Your Salad Sign? quiz. (I’m a Champion: Advocate, connecter, true believer. Pretty perfect, especially considering this post, no?!) If you’d rather spend your time more productively (ahem!), then check out this awesome post on the secrets to making an awesome salad. Keep yourself healthy and busy and I’ll be back with more travel stories soon.

S, xo

This is a sponsored post proudly celebrating my video partners and #ExperienceEarthbound hosts, Earthbound Farm Organic. I’ll be sharing more from my trip here soon, but follow along in real time via social media. Follow me on Instagram, Facebook and/or Twitter and look for my posts with the #ExperienceEarthbound hashtag for the rest of this week. Lead photo from the Earthbound Farm Organic blog, Organic Bound.

2 Responses

  1. Natalia says:

    I have been a fan for years but i had read recently that Dean Foods might be buying them? Dean Foods are big opponents of labeling GMOs. Is this just a bad rumor?

  2. One Hungry Mama says:

    Natalia: That is great question and I hope to learn more on my trip so that I can share it with you. Here’s what I know currently and, to be clear, this info comes from my research not from the company.

    Yes, Earthbound recently sold to WhiteWave (makers of Silk soy milk) which was (still is? I’ll find out) owned by Dean Foods. I’m not yet clear on whether Dean Food has a stake in EBF. This is all pretty recently and I now for sure that the founders of the company—I’m going to meet Myra Goodman in a matter of hours—are still running EBF. The sentiment in the organic community seems to be that real problems could occur if the Goodmans step away, which they haven’t.

    There’s obviously no guarantee that, even if the Goodmans stay, there couldn’t be a change of approach; I know that some feel that Horizon Organic became part of Dean/WhiteWave.

    I know that EBF has helped the organic movement grow tremendously since it’s inception. Myra’s cookbooks, ethos, the way that the Goodmans have run the company so far are proof: they are award winning, Smithsonian honored for their work. So, for now, I guess we wait and see if they continue to grow the company as they have all along.

    I’ll ask more about these relationships and let me know if you have specific questions!

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