Welcome to Victoria’s Fancy Foods
Local clean foods and fine crafted wine
Victoria’s Fancy Foods is an independent gourmet grocer specializing in local clean foods and fine crafted wines. Our gourmet grocery shop is fashioned after the shops of Paris with wooden floors and chalkboard signs. There is a European charm throughout the shop. We comb the culinary world to discover the most exciting ingredients available in the arena of fine foods and boutique wines. You will notice our selection to be very unique, even eclectic, in the sense that we carry only products that we would consume and share with friends in our own homes. All products are clean, meaning raised or produced without the use of pesticides, herbicides, antibiotics, growth stimulants or artificial ingredients. All animals are humanely raised and pastured in fields. We take pride in every item we offer to you.
Definitions for Biodynamics
Supercharged System of Organic Farming
It is helpful to think of biodynamics not primarily as an agricultural system, but rather as an altered philosophy or worldview that then impacts on the practice of agriculture in various ways. In other words, to farm biodynamically, first you have to think biodynamically. Modern biodynamic practice is built on top of Steiner-inspired theories, but it is important to emphasize that there are a number of growers who practice biodynamics but who would distance themselves from Steiner’s beliefs and teachings. Key to biodynamics is considering the farm in its entirety as a living system. To this end, biodynamic farms are supposed to be closed, self-sustaining systems. Biodynamics also sees the farm in the context of the wider pattern of lunar and cosmic rhythms. In this holistic view, the soil is seen not simply as a substrate for plant growth, but as an organism in its own right. They use a series of special preparations to enhance the life of the soil, which are applied at appropriate times in keeping with the rhythms of nature. And disease is seen not as a problem to be tackled head-on, but rather as a symptom of a deeper malaise within the farm ‘organism’: correct the problem in the system and the disease will right itself. Biodynamics is in effect a supercharged system of organic farming. Where biodynamics differs significantly in practice from organics is in the use of the special preparations and the timing of their application—in other ways the techniques employed are quite similar. Various biodynamic winegrowers from around the world tend to agree on the big details, each has their developed biodynamics to suit their own particular situation. Winegrowers drawn to this philosophy tend to be inventive types, always experimenting and refining their practices to see what works best. As a result, there are many different flavors and variations around this common theme, and it’s hard to define biodynamics in any sort of rigid way.
See Biodynamic wines featured at Victoria’s Fancy Foods monthly wine tasting Winespeak for Women. Biodynamic Wines