Since 99.9% of my food at home comes from our local farms, farmer’s markets, and my garden, I don’t eat many products, just whole foods. Eating this way, I don’t have to worry about GMO’s in my food, too much. Obviously, eating out is a challenge in that regard, and I do like Mexican food.
Several months ago, when I stopped eating gluten, I found myself eating more corn, specifically, substituting corn tortillas for flour ones. This additional corn in my diet made be start thinking about GMO corn, more than I had been. The more I read about GMO corn, the more I know I don’t want to eat it., or anything else that has been genetically modified, for that matter. I decided to look into the non-GMO corn options around town, unhappily aware that I would have to give up my favorite one-stop tortilla chip, masa, and tortilla factory in East Austin.
Why non-GMO? Genetically modified corn, is bio-engineered to be resistant to glyophosate, or as we know it, the weed killer, Round Up. I don’t want to eat vegetables sprayed with Round Up, quite simply. I pulled up a couple of articles, specifically about GMO corn.
So, where to buy non-GMO corn stuffs in Austin:
Blanco Valley Farms, sells non-GMO corn tortillas and tortilla chips fried in coconut oil, at the Barton Creek Farmer’s Market. I have referred to their chips as “crack chips” many times in my blogging history. They will change your life, they are so good. This is my go-to option for non-GMO corn tortillas and tortilla chips. Their corn white corn tortillas are, in my opinion, the best in town. Their website says that these are available at Wholly Cow Burgers and they are also available through Greenling Organic Delivery.
The best substitute, in my opinion, for factory made chips, and tortillas, is El Lago. El Lago makes corn tortillas and totopos (chips) from non GMO corn, and better yet, they are local. And their products are great. Their chips are “restaurant style” and hold up a little better to dipping than my old favorites.
A couple months ago, I got to know Sonia, the passionate owner of Margarita’s Tortilla Factory, at an event where she was serving her products. We chatted a bit, and I got to learn about her company, and that they make not only non-GMO corn tortillas, but all of her her products are certified organic by the Texas Department of Agriculture. She sent me home with some packages of her tortillas, and they are delicious.
The Gardener’s Feast, a farmer’s market staple around town, famous for their spectacular tamales, also sells non-GMO, organic blue corn tortillas. They are delicious.
Paqui Tortillas, also claim to use non-GMO corn, in their products. I’ve had their flour tortillas in various flavors, (although its been a few years) but have not had their newly launched, flavored tortilla chips, which are sold exclusively at Whole Foods.
I also attempted to make my own corn tortillas, with some non-GMO masa flour I ordered online. Admittedly, they were not very good, partly because I used the only tortilla press I own, and electric one, and the tortillas fell apart. (Somewhere my friend Hector just shook his head at that revelation). But, I’ll acquire a proper press, and try again, because corn tortillas shouldn’t be that hard.
Boggy Creek Farm grinds and sells non-GMO cornmeal, at their Wednesday and Saturday Farmstand. It makes the best cornbread!
Richardson Farms grows their own non-GMO popcorn, and it is available at the farmer’s markets they are in. I pick it up at either the Triangle Farmer’s Market or the Downtown Farmer’s Market, both run by the Sustainable Food Center.
The obvious question may be, why don’t I grow my own corn. I have tried three times, and failed each time. I suck at corn. Just not as bad as Monsanto sucks at it.
Whew, I think that concludes this post. This sure would have been easier if businesses were required to label their GMO products. Just sayin.