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How To Kick Your Thyroid’s Ass: Finding Local Organic (Affordable) Produce

Post Published: 25 April 2010
Category: Column, How To Kick Your Thyroid's Ass, thyroid nutrition and health column
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Stopping by my local farmer’s market is now a weekly ritual for me.   This isn’t just because I want to support my local economy and farmers (people who care about healthy food and are invested in the health of the community); I shop my farmer’s market (FM) mostly for selfish reasons, which includes cheap and organic produce (because, yes, those two things can co-exist).   Also, the variety of organic produce at the FM far exceeds the selection at my local grocery stores (both health food stores, and/or other big chain supermarkets).   In other words, they sell veggies that I simply cannot find anywhere else.

This week, everything seemed to be in season. I brought home five large eggplant, two quarts cherry tomatoes, one quart green beans, three giant zucchini (when I say “giant”, I mean the size of my forearm), three giant yellow crookneck squash, one bunch celery, one bunch dill, one bunch scallions, two red cabbage (yes, goitrogenic), one quart rainbow radish (yes, goitrogenic, don’t hate me), one bunch red radish (yes, again, goitrogenic), and two quarts cucumber.   In other words, that’s a whole hell of alotta food, which I try to make the bulk of my diet — fresh, organic veggies.   These veggies topped with a good fat for optimum vitamin absorption and for satiety make for the most delicious meal (also remember that fat is required for proper endocrine function and slathering food in healthy fats like coconut*, avocado*, nut and seeds or their oils, olive, and one of my favorites — hemp — makes for a thyroid-friendly and happy-endocrine-system meal).   Lately I’ve been playing around with hemp seed dressings in the blender, after being treated to a fabulous recipe from a local raw foods chef.   I’ve also been experimenting with fried spring rolls — fresh or cooked veg rolled in rice paper wrappers and fried in coconut oil. (*Note that coconut and avocado are thyroid-stimulating, which is good for some, not good for others, depending on your thyroid disease and condition).

The best part about shopping farmer’s markets is that, because I’m buying direct-from-farmer, this produce is relatively inexpensive.   Health food store produce could never match the prices or the freshness.   For those of you interested in buying farm-fresh produce that is local and organic, but haven’t been able to locate any farm stands or farmer’s markets near you, consider utilizing Local Harvest.   Local Harvest is a website dedicated to connecting consumers with local, organic, and artisanal food in their area.   In addition to produce, the site will also locate nearby farms for eggs, dairy, meat, and specialty goods like nuts, teas, and fruit.

Remember that buying organic as much as possible will benefit your thyroid because conventional (non-organic) fruits and veggies are covered in endocrine-disrupting chemicals, some of which happen to also be carcinogens. Which leads me into my Chemical-Free-Life Challenge from two weeks ago! How did we all fare? I managed to do okay and stay chemical-free while traveling, save the hotel shampoo. Any good stories of chemical-free living or inspiration for us? Tell us how you did! Let’s keep the natural, chemical-free living challenge going!

Until Next Week,
Love Always,

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10 Responses to “How To Kick Your Thyroid’s Ass: Finding Local Organic (Affordable) Produce

  1. cindistraughn says:

    I love that more and more folks are going with organic food – and seeking out organic local farmer’s market produce and organic markets. Hubby and I went organic a number of years ago…milk, eggs, canned goods, condiments, meat, fruits and veggies, coffee, etc. Any increased cost is more than compensated by the better taste and health benefits! I will admit to using Lipton tea bags for my southern iced tea. I think that’s a genetic southern thing though…we must have sweet tea available. The sugar in it is organic though!

    I’ve also had a chemical free home for many years. Environmentally friendly toilet tissue, dishwash products, laundry products, insect repellants, etc. – with just a few exceptions. I have been unable to give up Bounty paper towels and Windex. Nothing works quite as well although I’ve tried several “green” products.

  2. thy_r88gous says:

    i am currently checking into local CSA. community supported agriculture. for 23$ per wk i can get a box full of organic fresh produce, fruit veggies nuts and honey plus recipes for the next 26 weeks. the only thing is all the money is due up front by May 1st and i dont have an extra 600$ right now but im working on it. isnt that such a great deal. if i had known about csa earlier in the year i would have for sure done this. does your town have a csa??? check it out!

  3. thy_r88gous says:

    o yeah i 4 got 2 mention that the farm is about 2 1/2 miles from my house.

  4. Liz says:

    Cindi, that’s so great! Good for you. Chemical-free is so important for good health… it seems nearly all of these chemicals being used on our food, in our homes, and water are all endocrine-disrupting or carcinogenic. And given the large numbers of people being diagnosed with thyroid disease or cancer every year, it’s such a great idea to avoid. It’s especially a good idea for food we ingest, and especially like you said, eggs, meat, and dairy, as non-organic animal products can be so toxic. Good for you! You’re a forward-thinking gal. 🙂

  5. Liz says:


    Very cool that you’re looking into that! There are actually some services by me where people charge between $10 and $30 for a weekly bag of fresh produce, and you don’t have to be a member of a CSA or co-op to participate. Maybe look for one of those in your area so you don’t have to pay money upfront. $600 *is* alot!

  6. Shan says:

    Liz, I feel dismayed that the whole town here has no certified organic fresh fruit and veg on their shelves. Still, my own past efforts are rewarding me. I just walked around my garden grazing on peanut fruit, raw asparagus and a mandarin for breakfast. Now there’s something to feel good about!

  7. HD inOregon says:

    Great article, thanks Liz

    We love to go to our farmer’s market (it supports the local economy too), but even our big-brand supermarkets here are carrying more and more organic fruit and veggies (besides the regular stuff of course).


  8. Em says:

    Our farmer’s market opens this coming Saturday. I can’t wait! I’ve tried to buy more organic produce and meats and I’m getting better at it. I’m totally excited about the farmer’s market opening though! Now all I have to do is learn to can!

  9. Liz Schau says:

    Thanks HD. Glad you have access to the good stuff 🙂

  10. Liz Schau says:

    OOOOOOHHH Em, sounds fun! Let us know how it goes and what you find!

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