I was sent a variety of salad mixes and greens from Olivia’s Organics for my family to try out. Good stuff. Olivia’s is a family owned New England-based company and the products are available on the East Coast.

I was given a variety of salads from their original salad line — a spring mix, baby spinach, tangy spinach, Asian salad and herb salad. I have to admit; eating a salad is not always the first thing I think of. I grew up thinking that the only kind of lettuce out there was iceberg lettuce, and I can’t stand the stuff. When I discovered spring mix years ago, I realized that lettuce can have flavor, but my eating habits were already set. I eat salads a couple times a week out of obligation.

The odd thing is, every time I eat a salad with greens that actually have flavor, I enjoy it. I love a simple spring mix topped with blue cheese crumbles and a sprinkling of olive oil and balsamic vinegar. Olivia’s spring mix is really good, and last week I had more than two salads. I enjoyed the other mixes as well. I haven’t opened the baby spinach yet, but I have all the fixin’s to make my Minestrone, and the baby spinach will make its way into my soup.

Olivia’s organics are, of course, USDA certified organic, but here is some other information about their greens that you should know.

  • They are never made from bioengineered or genetically modified produce.
  • The crops are grown using crop-rotation, good quality compost and the addition of natural minerals — never chemical fertilizers.
  • They do not use ionizing radiation on their products.
  • The clamshells that the salads come in are made from 50 percent post-consumer materials and are 100 percent recyclable. The recycling symbol on the package is a #1, and most curbside recycling programs accept #1 plastics.
A portion* of the proceeds from Olivia’s organics goes into Olivia’s Organics Charitable Foundation that supports small, local organizations that have an immediate and direct impact on children. 

You can find retailers that sell Olivia’s organics on the East Coast on the website.

* Edited: Originally I was told that 50% of the proceeds went to charity, but I was contacted after the piece was published and told that figure was incorrect.

Robin Shreeves ( @rshreeves ) focuses on food from a family perspective from her home base in New Jersey.

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