Educate Yourself: Seasonal Offerings & Organic Goods

Educate Yourself: Seasonal Offerings & Organic Goods

15:57 24 December in GreenMarket

21c9064d-2df0-4077-9b89-4bb58c6624b9Two of the most common questions we hear from our customers at the Market are:

  1. What is in season?
  2. And how do I know if it is truly organic?

Have no fear, the Delray GreenMarket is here to lend you some insightful tips into the world of fruits and veggies!

Timing is everything. Certain local fruits and veggies (and even fresh seafood) are just better at certain times of the year. Edible South Florida put together a very helpful guide as to what you should buy and when. As December comes to a close keep your eye out for delicious goodies coming in the New Year. You can find the full guide here but some of our favorites are:

  • Beets
  • Collards/greens
  • Eggplant
  • Green beans
  • Tomatoes
  • Zucchini
  • Avocado
  • Citrus
  • Strawberries
  • Spiny Lobster
  • Stone Crabs

Then there’s the age-old question on the true definition of what is and is not organic. With everyone being increasingly health conscious and sustainable, it is important to truly understand what organic means, and that if something is marked “natural” it doesn’t necessarily mean that it is organic.

According to the FAQ from our friends at Whole Foods, “When a grower or processor is “certified organic,” a USDA accredited public or private organization has verified that the business meets or exceeds the standards set forth in the USDA Organic Rule. The principal guidelines for organic production are to use materials and practices that enhance the ecological balance of natural systems and that integrate the parts of the farming system into an ecological whole. “

As for the natural versus organic debate, Whole Food states that, “‘Natural’ often is misrepresented in product labeling to imply ‘healthful,’ but ‘natural’ only means that the product has undergone minimal processing. Unlike products that are certified organic, natural products have no certification or inspection system. Also, ‘natural’ does not necessarily relate to growing methods or the use of preservatives.“

Wondering if the organic seal of approval is necessary? According to EatingWell here are the top 14 foods you should buy organic:

  • Apples
  • Strawberries
  • Grapes
  • Celery
  • Peaches
  • Spinach
  • Sweet Bell Peppers
  • Nectarines
  • Cucumbers
  • Cherry Tomatoes
  • Snap Peas
  • Potatoes
  • Hot Peppers
  • Kale/Collard Greens

For more information read the full list of FAQ’s from Whole Foods and find links to more resources for your reading pleasure.

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