Eden's Organic Garden Center

Organic Today - For a Better Tomorrow! - Since 2006

Home of DFW's first All-Clean, All Farmers - Market Day!

(no GMO's - EVER)


Eden's Garden CSA Farm

                                REAL FOOD, GROWN with INTEGRITY!

                    4710 Pioneer Rd., Balch Springs, TX 75180

                    GARDEN SHOP / FARMERS MARKET  Open 1st, 3rd & 5th Saturdays only  April - December 6th 9am - noon


                    Just 15 mins southeast of downtown Dallas 1 block north I20 @ Seagoville Rd.


Not affiliated with EDEN FOODS, INC

(yes, we REALLY have to put this on here.)



Farm Wish List

Follow Eden's on  Facebook, Twitter and our Blog pages where you can keep up with Life on the Farm.   

Eden's In the News & On-Line

Farmer Marie profiled in Green Source DFW June 29th, 2015

Growing Urban Roots -        Acres USA Dec. 2014 Issue






Voted Best CSA 2013!

Living Natural First Radio Interview

Featured in Edible Dallas & Forth Worth - Winter 2009

Market Day Feature Story in NeighborsGo - July 2010

D Magazine - Chefs for Farmers Launch long-table style benefit dinner at Eden's.  

Market Day - Our Humble Beginnings

"...an urban country adventure." - Kim Pierce DMN












































How It All Began 






Original Blog Entries on Blogspot.com






Hit Counter

Piece of the Pie

A couple of weeks ago, I was given the bull horn and asked to address a group of local food agtivists at the annual March Against Monsanto here in Dallas. How exciting!

I try to bash something or endlessly complain, without at least offering up some kind of resolution. I like to see progress and the only way that's going to happen is if we take real action steps, not just protest marches. Although, they can bring attention to issues, unless folks go home with something to do - not much seems to change.

So, I offered up some facts about the current national and local food scenes. I tossed out some statistics and very large monetary amounts regarding the market share of the organic food industry that I had read in a current article from Fortune Magazine. And I gave some suggestions on what we, the folks who don't want to eat unnatural food, can do to be pro-active.

I’ll try to summarize what I said and offer it up to you, the reader, in the same way.

The issue – No more GMO’s in our food.

My suggestion for a possible solution; Support small local businesses.

    • Major packaged-food companies lost $4 billion in market share last year alone
    • Organic food sales more than tripled over the past decade and increased 11% last year to $35.9 billion, according to the Organic Trade Association.

Those are some pretty impressive numbers!

Now, I don’t know how much small, local producers and retailers get of that very nice sized pie. Yet, there are 9 national supermarket chains who would like to have that $35.9 billion to themselves.

Nor am I sure how much of a percentage of the total food sales that figure represents. I suspect, it’s a miniscule amount over all. I think I remember reading somewhere that organic foods represent less than 10% of the total food market, but don't hold me to that.

However, I am sure, due to recent changes in the national supermarket and large industrial food industry - their attempt at the reinvention of themselves - that they would rather not share any of it.

So, in order to garner more sales of this market share, they’ve begun to carry the very items people have been flocking to farms, farmer’s markets and new little specialty grocers to buy. The number of famer’s markets in the DFW area has exploded just since 2007 when I put up a shingle here in Balch Springs. Supply and demand. I’m pretty glad there’s more demand, because it hopefully means, a shift in our country’s food choices – for the better.

Unfortunately, the fact that big box stores are getting into the game, is a bit of a double edged sword.  

In many communities, there is no place except a national supermarket to purchase organic goods, unless one grows it themselves. Not every neighborhood has an Eden’s Market Day, or other local market, where they can pop in and get the freshest and in-season, organic, non-gmo foods. They’re kind of stuck shopping at whatever’s available. So for them, that’s great to have the access now. Everyone should be able to have access to real foods without all of the additives and preservatives, etc.

But for the others who do have a local, mom and pop indie type option, they often overlook them and opt for the one-stop shopping convenience of the former. 

I’m here to tell you that industry organic is not the same, as locally raised, harvested and delivered within hours (not weeks) organic. Nor is industry processed on a mass scale the same as small batch processed artisanal food.

I don’t have to tell you that – I have CSA members and Market Day customers who will. Whenever we have a dry spell of weekly distributions, or off-market season, inevitably, I’ll get a call or email from someone who is “jonesing” for fresh, farm food. “It’s just not the same as what I can get at the store!” – they’ve said.

Yet, apparently, convenience, price and various other factors I imagine, sometimes trumps flavor and quality. And when this happens too often, the family owned operations suffer the losses, along with the eater suffering through less than the best food.

The other issue that comes along with large, powerful national food chains garnering control of the organic market share, is they are powerful in government decision making as well. Those who started out following the organic standards game can tell you of the many, many changes they’ve seen in what can and can’t be used or done in order to legally call their products organic.

You see, organic farming is, by nature, not really designed for industrial sized mass production. So, in order to play the game by the bigger contestants – the rules need to be modified.

Do you see where this is going? How long before GMO’s become part of organic standards? Lobbyists can be very persuasive.

The other issue I see, is that if for some reason, the allure to the public wears off of the organic, less processed foods and people begin to return to their former shopping habits, suddenly the large chains will follow suit – again – and jump ship, dropping these lines. Because we all know they're mostly interested in their profit margins.

And if they’ve put all of the small, local, mom and pop shops out of business while they were lining their own pockets with the profits of the masses – where then, will those who have remained loyal in their principals to eat well, get their food?

You want GMO free food and to be able to access it? Then I suggest we support the pioneers of the anti-GMO movement!

    • Otherwise, as big ag takes control and changes standards, gmo will creep into “organic”
    • Labeling will be voluntary and confusing – instead of clear and mandated
    • Organic won’t mean what it does today – it already doesn’t mean what it did 10 years ago


    • Buy farmer direct – first; CSA all the way – this helps sustain small farms during bad times as well as celebrating with them during good times. It was not intended to be a “pre-pay for your groceries” direct from the farm program. It was mean to establish a relationship between farmers and community because once there’s a relationship, both are more inclined to be loyal to the other.
    • Shop a local farmer’s market next; Many farms are too out of the way for CSA programs or choose to bring all of their produce to markets instead. But this way also ensures the farmer is getting 100% of your food dollar.
    • Shop at a small, local retailer next; They are most likely giving the local, smaller farmer the best possible price for their goods, and, will stick around and support those farmers, long as you support them by shopping at their stores. They can’t afford to offer the big, snazzy deals that the big supermarkets can, because in large part, they’re not buying an entire huge harvest from someone who can then accommodate their profit margin with mass quantity. Edible DFW has a great resource guide here
    • Supermarkets have their place; For those things we all need that are not specialties, that we will buy whether organic or not – for nostalgic reasons sometimes, say during a holiday season – and those out of season items we just HAVE to have, there’s large national chains. Little by little, they’ve inched in on just about every artisanal market there is. From butcher shops to bakeries, pharmacies to seasonal hard goods – they want to be our one-stop shop.

But if you can just shop in the order above, and save the big guys for last, I don’t imagine their bottom line will miss it, nearly as much as the small guys will appreciate it. 

It’s really the same story that holds true for many small, indie businesses in other trades, too. We have seen the erosion of small towns due to large big box, one-stop shopping supermarkets.

And not everyone wants to run their own shop, and that’s great. There are large corporations full of employees all over the globe for those who would rather not own their own businesses. And many are doing great things, even giving back to their local communities in some cases.

But most are shareholder owned and they are most interested in what brings them the best ROI. In some cases, sadly, regardless of whether it is what is best for the public or their employees. Government has been, in some ways, letting loose with regulations in areas that would protect us, and in other ways, infringing upon our personal liberties. It's an interesting situation, to say the least.

The larger chains generally lose a lot of the charm that small, family owned and operated businesses bring to the community. And there are endless lists of how small, locally owned and operated businesses are great for the local communities where they exist.

How many of you know the owner of a supermarket chain?

But a lot of you reading this probably know your mechanic, doctor, lawyer and dentist.

Why would you not want to know at least some of the people who grow and bring you - your food?

Please, support those who have supported you and your health, your non-GMO wishes,

since the very beginning. 

Eat your food, naturally!


Hit Counter