HEALTHY FOOD-Will It Come East?

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A VISIT TO BERKELEY CALIFORNIA

Even though Berkeley California is the home of food writer Michael Pollan, I was pleasantly surprised by the quality of food available in local stores and restaurants. The word organic was everywhere. The chicken at a Chinese restaurant was Sustainable Free Range from a local farmer. When our hosts found we were interested in sustainable food they took us to the new BERKELEY BOWL WEST. This store makes Whole Foods look like a 7- eleven. They apparently started as a produce store and expanded into meat, fish, dairy, and ethnic foods. In all categories the variety is incredible. I did not know that there so many varities of carrots and olives. There were fish species I had never seen in our stores. Several brands of all the cuts of grass fed beef and half a dozen brands of Free Range and organic chicken most labeled antibiotic free were available. While the prices were higher than we are accustomed to, it showed us that people were willing to pay for higher quality. The store was jammed with people. It also shows that people will pay for quality even in tough economic times.

HOPEFULLY WE CAN EXPECT HEALTHY FOOD AND UNLIMITED VARIETY TO BE AVAILABLE IN OUR AREA IN THE FUTURE

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