well, I just googled organic farms in Southern NJ... and there was a list of them.
I started eating total (well almost completely) organics at the beginning of the summer, fo some of the same reasons; my body was sick. I was bogged down and wasn't feeling well and was working and making other healthy changes in my life so this was a natural one for me to make.
I made a list of farms and dedicated one Saturday to visit 4 farms, I called and made appointments. I wanted to see how their farms run when they were operating and not when they were being inspected. If I was going to be buying their product to feed my body then they were going to be the best I could afford.
I found one farm had a beautiful layout for their cows, pigs, and chickens... total grain fed, no hormones, no antibiotics (not 30 days before slaughter anyway... the cuts were lean and not a lot of fat adding weight to the scales. The chickens were gorgeous running around on the farm and the were grain and grass fed, and their meat was a pure yellow color, through... it was fed corn and other grains, no by products or genetically modified fillers. As were the porks, they wandered around in a huge open space with plenty of grass. When I chose to buy my meat products there I bought selectively... not sure how it would all taste. I also bought my milk, eggs, butter and two types of cheese.
I got home and measured everything out into one serving containers. THEN I sat down with a list of what I had purchased... and started making a list of foods. Spark people doesn't have a lot of organic recipes, but there is a good amount online. As well as what to look for in the farms you look at.
SO as I made my menu for the week from what I had purchased, as I don't like meat substitutes, not a soy fan, tofu, etc, the texture just isn't for me.
BUT This meat, oh, it tastes so good. I never salt, and am modifying seasoning amounts as the meats are so tasteful, you don't want to cover up the flavor. THEN add organic veggies from another farm or farmers market, local if you can...
and you can just cook some beef tips and steam or roast some veggies and you've got a well balanced meal right there.
But since you aren't a big cook, the first place I would suggest is to start thinking about what you want to try and then look online for organic recipes... you'd be surprised at the number of people who contribute their modified recipes. And they can be so flavorful. But start simple and keep your meals simple. Don't forget to get beans and grains for your own consumption also.
But there is a shopping list that you can use as a general guide.
I am rambling here, because I am so passionate about this new way of feeding my body. I've even changed my attitude about food, it's to nourish the body and heal and grow the muscles ... it to repair that which is broken.
I love greek yogurts also, and add my own locally grown fruits so I don't get the "syrup" but the whole berry. I love seafood, and there you are right here so close to the shore in southern NJ.. you've got to have plenty to choose from. Learning to cook the different fish and seafood .... as the guy behind the counter and again look online. I have found a few really good sites for organic foodies. My favorite cereal right now is hemp granola. GO figure. I was eating rice crispies for the longest time. Now it's blueberries or strawberries and the hemp granola (really inexpensive but really good and great for you). You've opened a new world and you just need to find a few simple things to do to get you started in enjoying cooking your meals, since you will know that your food is going to really good for you and was treated well and raised respectfuly. I hope I have helped. I am cooking dinner now and the smells from the kitchen have my taste buds gushing, so I am sorry for the "rant" but it is really excited and if you can make eggs taste food, then you can make broil a chicken breast and eat some raw veggies and perhaps some beans. for dinner.
Yogurt can be substituted for a whole lot of things. Or you can buy organic sour cream, and butter as I do. Just look around,
There are some recipes that have been entered by members of Sparks but you have to look carefully and make sure they aren't using prepackaged parts, like onion soup, or canned soup.... where you can use yogurt.
I hope you have fun and are able to do some research and look around southern NJ for multifamily farms or a coop of farms, where you may be able to volunteer a few hours a week and get a big discount off your goodies.
be authentically you...
it's journey, not a one day hike.