Thursday, October 7, 2010

Busy, Obligated????

Those are the words posted on the HPR facebook site about why I am not writing my column every week. Well, not true, I am not sure either who posted it from the Reader. The simple reason is this, I was told by the editor that the direction of the column I was writing was changing. That there were many people that were and are interested in writing about the food and restaurants in the FM area and that the format would change. Instead of always having one food writer with a specific column every week she would choose who she would print each week. I decided that I would move on and try blogging and keep my voice and post weekly, like my column in the Reader. I figure if I am going to write, which I have grown to LOVE, I might as well post it. So a new adventure has begun. I so appreciate John Strand asking me to write for the Reader, as I am not a writer, it open up a new place for me to express. I love being BUSY and obligations are a must in my life. If I could have I would have written a little thank you and good bye to those of you that follow me. But it is time to just move on, right? The Reader helped me get to this place and I really appreciate that. Now I think my biggest problem wil be editing:)

Sunday, October 3, 2010

The Inspiration behind Sydney's by CO owner Darby Smith

Deb: Why is it called Sydney's and is it a locally owned store?

Darby: Sydney's Health Market is a locally owned natural foods store. Stephanie's daughter Sydney is the store's namesake. Sydney has Celiac disease and is unable to eat any wheat, rye, or barley. At the time of Sydney's diagnosis, there were not many foods available. Many others with dietary needs were also looking for better alternatives. Stephanie left her teaching career and started Sydney's Health Market.

Deb: Please give our readers some background on you and your co-owner

Darby: Stephanie is the founder of Sydney's Health Market. She started Sydney's to provide a service to others who needed options for gluten free products, as well as other dietary restrictions.

I have always been interested in nutrition. I have been an EMT and a health care specialist in the Army National Guard. Since my son was born, I have been very passionate about organic food, and the direction that food quality is going and the lack of safety. I want to be able to feed my family food that is safe and healthy for them, like food is supposed to be!

Opening Sydney's Health Market at its new location, as Fargo-Moorhead's natural foods store allows all of us to have access to better options for our families.

Deb: Do you see an impact from your business with the FM community?

Darby: I see Sydney's Health Market having a positive impact for our community because people want to eat healthy, and we are providing a service for people to have access to the best foods at the best prices. Every time we make a purchase, we are making a vote. I believe that having the right options available to our community will allow us to move in the right direction as a society.

Deb: What can you offer at your store that we cannot find at the "Health Food Section of most stores?"

Darby: Service, knowledge, the best prices and selection in town. Our staff are experts in nutrition and food sensitivities. We care about our customers and our community. We also offer a lot of products that are found exclusively at Sydney's Health Market.

Deb: Can you give me an example of what things I might find in your store that I would purchase if I had gluten issues?

Darby:Some gluten free items that Sydney's offers are the following: Pizzas, pastas, breads, cookie, crackers, candy, soups, sauces, cereals, snacks, ice cream, frozen dinners, cheeses, yogurts, supplements,and the naturally gluten free options that are always available such as locally grown organic vegetables, fresh fruit, organic grass-fed beef, and organic, glass-bottled, grass-fed, non-homogenized milk. There is a gluten free option for virtually everything someone is looking for including everything from graham crackers and pretzels to ice cream cones, cakes, and pies.

Deb: Can you share with our readers a little about your farmers market?

Darby: Every Friday Sydney's Health Market presents Fargo-Moorhead's first ever, only organic farmers market! There are several local organic producers offering the freshest, same day harvested organic produce. Our market offers organic produce at prices lower than conventional non-organic produce prices! Truly the best value in quality and price.

Deb: Are there any news letters/ web site/blogs from your business


-Facebook:Sydney's Health Market

-We do offer an email newsletter. You can request to be on the mailing list through our website, facebook, give us a call, or stop in.

-There are several national and local blogs that refer to many of the products we offer at our store and the store itself.

Deb: What do you find the most common misconception is when people read "organic" on food?

Darby: I think the most common misconception is, that just because something is organic, its healthy. Eating an organic cookie is WAY better than one filled with hydrogenated oils,

high-fructose corn syrup, and genetically modified ingredients, but most organic cookies are still going to be full of refined flours and sugars that will suppress immune function.

In my opinion, all of our food should be organic, but what we eat should still be the foods that our body needs; like fruits, veggies, whole grains, and hormone/antibiotic-free, nitrate-free, arsenic free meats. Most chicken and turkey is actually fed arsenic to make them eat more! Arsenic is toxic to the human body, even in trace amounts.

Deb: Can you tell our Readers about the "Green Festival that is coming to town?

Darby: November 6th & 7th from 10am to 6pm is the Naturally Green Expo. Its a two day event designed to inform, educate and inspire consumers about ways to make our environment, homes and lives greener, safer, healthier and happier places to live. Green matters and our goal to is reach people who are passionate about the environment, their health, saving money and about America. The event will be at the Fargo Civic Center.

Deb: Is there anything you would like to share with our readers that I have not asked?

Darby:Sydney's Health Market's Healthy Holidays Celebration is November 13th. We will have tons of free food, door prizes, and will also be offering pre-orders for organic and natural turkeys for the holidays.

Deb: Do you think you would ever have any classes on organic cooking?

Darby: We will be presenting a number of cooking classes including healthy options, allergen friendly, and food dehydrating classes, We have several events coming this fall including health lectures from naturopathic doctors and other healthcare specialists, movie nights where we present informative and constructive documentaries, and other exciting events and celebrations.