I’m a Stonyfield Ambassador

Disclosure: As a Stonyfield Organic™ ambassador, I am being compensated. All opinions are always my own!

Stonyfield Organic Ambassador

I first discovered Stonyfield Organic™ yogurt eight years ago when my daughter was about 6-months old and moving into the world of eating solids. My mother made her own yogurt, but I felt overwhelmed by the mere thought of what’s involved with making homemade yogurt (which I’ve since learned isn’t terribly difficult with the proper tools).

I’ve grown a bit in the kitchen since then, wouldn’t you say?

Anyway, standing in the supermarket isle, staring at the rows and rows of yogurts, Stonyfield’s YoBaby caught my eye. Made with whole milk? Check. Made with organic whole milk? Check. I was hooked. And so was my daughter.

Stonyfield Organic uses Organic Valley Co-op

Photo via Stonyfield.com

Back in 2005 I wasn’t focused on eating organically. Heck, at that point I was just starting to learn how to really cook from scratch, in addition to managing a baby and working full-time. But I knew that this growing little person needed the best I could get, especially for a first food. I consider this my tipping point into the world of understanding the importance of supporting local farmers, eating organic whenever possible, and spreading the word.

Fast-forward to 2013 and I’d say my family eats organic, local or clean about 70% of the time. And we’re all feeling great!

Organic vs. Natural

Have you ever wondered what the difference is between organic and natural?

Organic vs. Natural Chart

Photo via Stonyfield.com

This chart from Stonyfield Organic™ explains why we try to eat organic whenever possible. Something labeled “natural” can be a bit…deceiving…wouldn’t you say? Right now there are many battles being fought over just how deceptive labeling can be, and the fact that consumers think they’re buying the healthy choice, when in fact their not.

Strides are being made to label our foods properly, but if you either look for organic foods, or you buy from farmers who are farming organically (even if they’re not able to afford to be “Certified Organic” by FDA), then you’re making the right choices.

A Stonyfield Ambassador?

When I applied to be a Stonyfield Organic™ ambassador via Mamavation earlier this year, I spent the month of October following daily photo prompts centered around fighting pesticides. Or, as we called it, Cow-Fu!

Stonyfield Fight Pesticides Cow-Fu

I snapped shots of everything from my kids enjoying time outside and veggies I got at the farmers’ market, to organic blueberries for Saturday pancakes and a bee loaded with pollen that landed on my finger on a warm day. (No, the bee didn’t sting me – but I know you’re wondering.)

Here’s a compilation of my #FightPesticides Instagram pics that tell the story:

(a)Musing Foodie Stonyfield Ambassador

Other Organic Facts

Organic farming means pesticides are forbidden, and instead the farmers use natural means to keep their crops healthy and delicious. One way? Bugs – the good guys!

Ladybugs in Organic Farming

Photo via Stonyfield.com

We invite the ladybugs.

The organic farmers who supply us with milk, fruit and veggies control pests with people-and-Earth-friendly methods, like releasing ladybugs and other beneficial organisms that prey on pests.

Organic cows have a happy life filled with lots of fresh pastures, GMO-free food, and no toxic pesticides.

Pesticides and Dairy Infographic

Photo via Stonyfield.com

Cows need hugs, not drugs.

Our farmers treat cows with kindness, not artificial hormones or antibiotics.

Stonyfield’s organic blueberries are wild!

We’re wild about organic blueberries.

About a third of ours are handpicked in the wilds of Quebec.

It’s important to understand how buying organic helps our farmers!

Support Organic Farmers

Photo via Stonyfield.com

A passion for pasture.

When you support organic family farmers, you help protect rural beauty, rural economies, and the health of our food system.

What’s next?

Through February, you’ll find me posting about Stonyfield Organic™ here, and also on Instagram, Twitter and Facebook – follow along with the #organic and #obsessivelyorganic hashags!

And, I’ll be contributing a recipe once a month to The Yogurt Dish, the Stonyfield Organic™ blog. This month I submitted my Cranberry Almond Roasted Chicken Salad made with Stonyfield’s whole milk plain yogurt – yum!

Chicken Salad with Yogurt

I’m super excited to be working with Stonyfield Organic™, and I look forward to sharing more over the next couple of months!

Disclosure: As a Stonyfield Organic™ ambassador, I am being compensated. All opinions are always my own!

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  1. nyfarmer says

    Shocking in the level of misinfo and nastiness you are putting out here towards farmers who pour their hearts and lived into their farms

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