April 1, 2011 | 0 Comments

Wednesday stock up day. Wednesdays are the day I try to do all the shopping for most of the week. The Santa Monica farmers market has been in operation since 1978. The then governor Jerry Brown signed legislation known as the Direct Marketing Act. This enabled farmers to sell directly to consumers at specific sites.

I have personally been going since the early 1990’s. It is one of the best in Los Angeles and truly organic in it’s produce. Some of the other farmer’s markets claim to be “organic” but are not certified and may still spray with insecticides. The best thing about the farmers markets are that you can find amazingly delicious and fresh produce that is actually grown locally. You are simultaneously feeding your family healthy foods while assisting your local farmer.

Over the last couple of years I have found myself less and less at a Whole Foods where most of the produce is shipped from Chile and where they are beginning to monopolize the market with their own brands. I get all my produce at the Wednesday market and all my dairy and meat products at Rawsome in Venice. For snack and bakery goods the Coop is a wonderful grocery store on the west side, and Erewhon in Hollywood.

RAW milk

Shiva Rose   

The reason I feed my family raw unpasteurized dairy is because pasteurization destroys enzymes, diminishes vitamin content, destroys vitamins C,B12 and B6, kills beneficial bacteria, promotes pathogens and creates cavities in children’s teeth, arthritis, colic in babies, and many other ailments. Raw milk sours naturally but pasteurized milk spoils. The dairy industry doesn’t want us to know that pure, rich form of milk comes from cows that eat grass. The cows in dairy farms eat soy meal, chicken manure, and other waste products. The grass fed cows actually produce more vitamin A and D. Most milk even labeled “organic” come from cows that have never seen a blade of grass. At Rawsome they carry milk that comes from the Amish farms and it’s also available in glass which doesn’t leak like toxins like plastic. There is no comparison. The raw milk is actually a rich cream in color. The cost is actually not that much more and worth the investment on our health.

Rawsome Club
665 Rose Ave.

Hours: wed. 12 -8 and sat.