Organic Produce

Organic: It’s Worth It!

We know our customers want to shop for produce without worrying if it is organic or not.  Conventional produce is grown with chemical fertilizers, pesticides, herbicides, and genetically modified seed.

So, we only sell certified organic produce. No guesswork, no cross-contamination, no mix-ups.

As part of our commitment to offering only USDA Certified Organic produce, we ask our suppliers to emphasize the best seasonal fruits and vegetables when they are at the height of ripeness and flavor.  Our ultimate goal is to procure organic produce from local farms or as close to home as possible, but as the seasons turn, our produce suppliers will move to growers from warmer growing regions like California, Texas, Central and South America.  In some instances, you will see crisp, fresh organic apples from as far away as New Zealand. No matter where the produce is grown, it must be grown in compliance with our country’s organic regulations.

produce-CoreyLettuceOrganic Produce Standards

We only offer produce that has been certified organic in accordance with the USDA National Organic Program (NOP) Standards.  NOP Standards encompass every aspect of the process from seed to sale.  Some of the rules and regulations that a produce grower must adhere to are:

  • No prohibited substances (synthetic pesticides or herbicides) applied to the land for 3 years before product can be sold as organic
  • NOP Standards does not allow the use of genetically modified organisms (GMOs), sewage sludge or irradiation.
  • The grower must use organically grown seeds, annual seedlings, and planting stock.
  • An annual on-site inspection is conducted to ensure that the grower is compliant with the NOP Standards.

 

For more information on the National Organic Program click here.

You can also find more information on National Organic Program website.

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