Start the New Year with Healthy, Ethical Eating

Tuesday, January 1, 2019
Posted by: Rabbi Samantha Safran, CJLL Director, & Caitlin Cecil, Health & Fitness Coordinator

Crate of VegetablesDo you feel overwhelmed by the choices at the grocery store? Do you feel like you need heathy recipes? Are you wondering which vegetables are the best for your diet and where you can get the freshest ones? Our Ethical Eating Co-op is a great option for you.

Through our partnership with Johnson’s Backyard Garden, you can eat organic, Texas-grown food and live out the Jewish values of shmirat ha guf, taking care of the body, and shomrei adamah, being guardians of the earth.

Farm shares are available in multiple sizes and price points to fit your lifestyle and budget. Pickup is every Wednesday at the J—just grab your box of fresh veggies and go. You can even log on to your account a few days before delivery and make substitutions if there’s something you don’t like!

The (farm) "dirt":

  • Shares starting at $22/week!
  • From Johnson’s Backyard Garden in Austin
  • The season is ongoing - Select 4, 10, 26 or 52 deliveries per year
  • Pick-up at the J on Wednesdays, 3:00 PM-6:00 PM
  • Choose from 4 different share sizes: Individual ($22), Small ($27.50), Medium ($35), or Large ($41)
  • Log into your account two days before delivery and SWAP out up to two items in your box for something else you prefer!
  • Shares come pre-boxed, just grab and go.
  • Enjoy the option to add free-range eggs, fair-trade coffee, and other artisanal, local foods.
  • Nutrition panels with J selected speakers one Wednesday a month (subject to speakers availability)

So what does organic mean anyways?

The term “organic” refers to the way agricultural products are grown and processed. While the regulations vary from country to country, in the U.S., organic crops must be grown without the use of synthetic pesticides, bioengineered genes (GMOs), petroleum-based fertilizers, and sewage sludge-based fertilizers. (

Organic farming practices reduce pollution, conserve water, reduce soil erosion, increase soil fertility and use less energy. Farming without pesticides is also better for nearby birds and animals as well as people who live close to farms.

According to the Environmental Working Group, a nonprofit organization that analyzes the results of government pesticide testing in the U.S., the following fruits and vegetables have the highest pesticide levels so are best to buy organic:

  • Apples
  • Sweet Bell Peppers
  • Cucumbers
  • Celery
  • Potatoes
  • Grapes
  • Cherry Tomatoes
  • Kale/Collard Greens
  • Summer Squash
  • Nectarines (imported)
  • Peaches
  • Spinach
  • Strawberries
  • Hot Peppers

So, what are you waiting for? Join today!



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