If you want to start eating organic, you want to start with the very best, right? So many wonderful organic food companies are out there, but we've narrowed it down to our top five favorites.
Give your baby the best with Earth's Best Organic baby food. The company has led the organic baby food market for 25 years. Their products are made from organic ingredients grown without harmful pesticides. The company adds no salt, modified starches or refined sugars to their products and uses no artificial flavors, colors or preservatives. Earth's Best does not use genetically engineered ingredients (GEI), either, so parents can rest assured that they are giving their babies healthy, natural and delicious food.
Rachel and Andy Berliner, who named the company after their daughter, started this family business in 1987. The company maintains strong relationships with local farmers, in fact, more than half the vegetables in their food items are grown within 200 miles of Amy's "kitchen." Amy's organic offerings include frozen whole meals such as organic enchilada verde and kids' meals such as baked ziti, as well as salsas and pasta sauces, soups, burritos and even desserts.
Green & Black's
Green & Black's produces some of the world's most decadent organic chocolate. The company remains true to its original values of ethical trading and organic products. Founders Jo Fairley and Craig Sams initiated an agreement with local farmers in Belize, where they get the cocoa beans for their signature Green & Black's Maya gold chocolate. They pay a premium for their organic cocoa as well as an additional Fair Trade price. The company produces delectable organic chocolate in bars and bags, baking chocolate, hot chocolate and even ice cream. Who says you can't indulge on an organic diet?
365 Everyday Value/Whole Foods
Whole Foods Markets strive to exceed their customers' expectations and offer the highest quality natural and organic products available. Though organic products are often a bit pricier than their traditional counterparts, Whole Foods' 365 Organic Everyday Value brand aims to bring organic products to the masses at incredible value. Whole Foods is certified by CCOF, an independent, USDA-accredited, third-party certifier. CCOF's Organic Certification Program ensures that the company abides by strict USDA guidelines for handling organic goods.
Organic Valley is a cooperative of 1,326 farm families who produce premium, market-certified organic food products. In addition to selling quality organic foods, the cooperative's mission is to encourage a farming future that emphasizes ecological and economic sustainability. In 2008, Organic Valley received the Ecological Farming Association's "Sustie Award" (short for "Steward of Sustainable Agriculture"), which honors those "who have demonstrated in word and action a long-term significant contribution to the well being of agriculture and the planet."