Happy National Organic Harvest Month
There’s no better time to dig into your local farmers market and go organic than September. As National Organic Harvest Month rolls around, it’s the perfect opportunity to familiarize yourself with how amazing and beneficial organic products can be.
What does the word ‘organic’ really mean?
The word itself has undergone many meanings, sometimes referring to body organs or the organ instrument. Today organic generally describes anything naturally grown (that is, without the use of synthetic pesticides or genetically modified seeds.) Different locales use different requirements for organic classification, but the general list includes not being, having, or using genetic modification, growth hormones, food irradiation or chemical ripening.
To be exact: “Federal law (the Organic Foods Production Act or OFPA of 1990) and United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) regulations require that any food bearing the USDA Organic label or any other organic label on the front of the package must have been produced on farms and processed in facilities that adhere to a comprehensive set of federal standards designed to promote sustainability and minimize synthetic inputs in farming and food production. The USDA Organic standards promote soil fertility through natural methods.”
Why go Organic?
Organic products have more nutritional value, especially when it comes to antioxidants, which are proven to help prevent cancer. Organic food sources are trusted since they’ve passed an extensive list of regulations. Top organic items to buy include: beef, strawberries, apples, peaches, grapes, celery, spinach, peppers, cucumbers, tomatoes, snap peas, potatoes & kale.
A Growing Trend…
- There are more than 1,000 CSA’s (Community Supported Agriculture Programs) in the U.S., while there was none 10 years ago.
- There are more than 10,000 organic farms in the U.S.
- U.S. sales of organic foods have grown between 20 and 25% annually for the last 7 years, with total sales between $3.5 and $4.2 billion.
Know your Farmer – know your food.
At the Delray GreenMarket, you can find organic goodies from:
- Alderman Produce
- Tweedle Pet Products
- Michele’s Juice Booth
- Inika Foods
- And lots of vendors sell a few organic products but are not 100% organic vendors