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Sandy Axelrod is a Chef and has a Grand Diplome from “le Cordon Bleu” and more than 40 years experience in the kitchen. Sandy, her husband Steve and their son Brian have been living in Wellington, Florida for more than 28 years. She was owner & Executive Chef of Affairs to Remember Catering for almost 18 years with events such as the Grand Opening of Saks Fifth Avenue at the Gardens Mall, opening parties at The Mall at Wellington Green, SunFest, opening season at International Polo and assorted private parties throughout South Florida to her credit. She is also in “Who’s Who in America” acknowledging her expertise as a caterer and party planner. Now, in addition to writing a blog about food, restaurants, travel & life experiences at Food & Fond Memories,
and writing two cookbooks, she teaches private hands-on cooking classes.

Food Philanthropy: Organic Valley Farmer-Owned

Organic Valley Logo

Organic Valley Farmer-Owned

Are you concerned with food quality and environmental issues? I know I am. As a chef, wife, and mother I have always made it a priority to prepare the healthiest meals possible without sacrificing taste. I have used Organic Valley products in my recipes for years because I love the security of knowing they not only taste amazing but they are healthy and nutritious. Their food is grown naturally without synthetic and potentially harmful pesticides, herbicides and fertilizers.

Orange Juice

Organic Valley Orange Juice (Photo Credit: Organic Valley)

In January of 1988 a handful of farmers in southwestern Wisconsin’s coulee region not only shared the love of the land but a belief that a new sustainable approach to agriculture could help family farms survive. This was at a time when family farms were on the brink of dying out. They were looking for a more natural approach. They began by growing organic vegetables but soon added organic dairy products as well. In order to make a difference in today’s world they developed a philosophy based on the health and welfare of people, animals and the earth.

Now they produce an amazing variety of products such as milk, cream, yogurt, butter, cheese, cottage cheese, soy milk, cream cheese, sour cream, eggs, juice, healthy snacks, produce, gluten free products, and Organic Prairie meats. I strongly recommend you seek out their delicious repertoire.

Organic Valley Cream

Organic Valley Cream (Photo Credit: Organic Valley)

The Organic Valley cooperative is 1,834 farmer owners strong! They have joined together in growing healthy communities for a healthy planet. But they are also committed to giving back to those communities.

Wanting to make a positive impact they have a proven track record of supporting organizations with the same mission as theirs. They support a charitable giving program that includes grants, cash and food donations. To this end Organic Valley has partnered with Bioneers, Chefs Collaborative, Center for Ecoliteracy, Ecotrust, Environmental Working Group, Farm Aid, Green America, Healthy Child Healthy World, Heifer International, Holistic Moms Network, Land Stewardship Project, The Organic Center, Rodale Institute, Slow Food USA, Sustainable Biodiesel Alliance, and Waterkeeper Alliance.

Organic Valley Cottage Cheese

Organic Valley Cottage Cheese (Photo Credit: Organic Valley)

As a cooperative Organic Valley has many goals. Not the least of them is to market the best tasting and most nutritious, wholesome food possible. They encourage a farming future that emphasizes ecological and economic sustainability. The farmers practice environmental awareness in all aspects of production and marketing. And they “promote a respect for the diversity, dignity and interdependence of human, animal, plant, soil and global life.”  All of these aspects of Organic Valley are what make me a loyal buyer.

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