Father’s Day-the Organic Way!

Source: Organic.org

June 18th is Father’s Day, which likely means barbecues, a little golf or fishing, and free range over the remote for the day.* Celebrate your father the organic way by giving him an eco-conscious gift and an organic barbecue.

If you are preparing a barbecue, shop for as many organic ingredients as you can at the farmers’ market. It is your best bet for produce. Check out our Store Finder for stores that carry organic products. If your favorite store doesn’t carry organic, be sure to ask them to!

It’s always nice to have a couple of options on the barbecue. We recommend barbecued chicken with either Watermelon Apricot Barbecue Sauce or this classic Barbecue Marinade. You’ve also got to have organic burgers. We like Dakota Beef.

Two-Potato Salad and Black Bean Salad with Lemon Mustard Vinaigrette make delicious sides and will also serve as a wonderful, light summer lunch if there are any leftovers.

Finally, don’t forget the organic potato chips. We love Kettle Chips! Dad may also appreciate a good organic beer. Try Butte Creek or Peak Brewing.

For dessert, pick up some of Dad’s favorite ice cream and serve with fresh fruit on top. Mmmm.

Gift Ideas

Patagonia Shirts
Dad always appreciates a new shirt—this year make it an organic one. Patagonia is a wonderful, environmentally aware company that participates in 1% for the Planet.

100% Organic Cotton Dad T-shirts
If you are looking for something a little more casual (and personalized!), check out one of these numbers.

Organic Shaving Kit
These products make a wonderful upgrade to Dad’s current shaving regime. He will appreciate that it is vegan and made with organic extracts, oils, and aloe.

Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) Membership
If your family doesn’t have a CSA membership, there may still be time to sign up for one in your area. Dad will love getting new and different fresh vegetables (and fruit) to throw on the grill.

Omnivore’s Dilemma
This is a fabulous read by author of best-selling Botany of Desire, Michael Pollan. It chronicles his quest to answer the question “what should we eat for dinner” by exploring three approaches to food consumption: industrialized food, alternative or "organic" food, and hunted, gathered and gardened food.

Sport Solar Oven
For the camper in the bunch. Everyone will be wowed when Dad pulls out his on solar oven on the next camping adventure—especially when fresh cookies baked outdoors are involved!

* Though Organic.org recommends a hike outdoors, it’s probably okay for Dad to sneak in some TV on his day!