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Daily Apple leads in providing organic, local products to SL

Friday, January 11, 2013

Daily Apple Manager Heather Gallagher and Owner Amanda Walljasper-Tate show off health foods products and supplements. / File photo
Once a carpet store, Christian book store and part of a large clothing store, the Daily Apple has been providing health foods to Storm Lake and the surrounding communities for more than two and a half years.

Although located in a small town, the health foods store offers a wide variety of organic foods, in addition to local items, supplements, wines and gifts.

Owner Amanda Walljasper-Tate describes organic as foods or products produced strictly without the use of chemicals and pesticides.

Every ingredient must be certified organic for packaged foods.

"I still wish in this day and age and in this fast paced world that more people would slow down and go back to some of the tanning and presetving of their foods because we know it's so much healthier," Walljasper-Tate explained. "Even growing our own food and preserving that because we know it doesn't have the preservatives, chemicals and all the additives. We were a much healthier society when people were eating the better foods and not eating as much processed and junk foods on the market today."

Manager Heather Gallagher said she believes some customers choose to shop organic and all natural due to health issues.

"They have to reevaluate the way their eating and the way they're taking care of themselves because it's not always necessarily working, and I think all the processed foods we're eating are a big part of the problem," she said.

After educating herself on the industrial food chain, Carolyn Ashbaugh, an adjunct science professor at Buena Vista University, tries to avoid foods with more than five items in the ingredients because she likes to be able to recognize what she's eating is food.

"I try to eat mostly organic, but I don't always, just because it's not always available," she said. "I tend to buy organic applesauce, organic kidney beans and organic diced tomatoes here."

Ashbaugh addressed personal reservations about genetically-engineered food sources.

"One of my biggest concerns about the Monsantos, Duponts and Sagentas of the world is the control of the global seed supply and linking of those seeds to putting chemicals on them to get them what they're genetically engineered to do," she said.

Ashbaugh expressed concern about the decrease in fruit and vegetable varieties.

"There are many fewer varieties of tomatoes or apples on the market today than what people were eating a few hundred years ago in Iowa," she explained.

In addition to organic products, the Daily Apple highlights items made in Iowa.

Local honey remains a staple alongside goat's milk soaps and lotions and Spencer-made coffee ground lotions.

"It's a nice reusing of products to benefit the skin," Walljasper-Tate said.

Although the products were once deemed "outdated," the new trend has become more prevalent, with many consumers choosing to go back to basics.

While there may be less diversity in the seed world, Storm Lake prides itself on being as diverse as possible.

The store at 526 Lake Avenue has been a variety of different things, and now, going back to the old ways has become the new thing here in Storm Lake.