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All Farmer’s Market Foods products are Certified Organic and produced with organic Farming methods.

What does organic farming mean?

Organic refers not only to the food itself, but also to how it is produced. Organic food production is based on a system of farming that mimics natural ecosystems and maintains and replenishes the fertility of the soil. Organic foods are produced without the use of synthetic chemical pesticides and fertilizers. Organic foods are minimally processed to maintain the integrity of the food without artificial preservatives or irradiation. Organic foods are not genetically engineered.

What does the certification mean?

All Farmer’s Market Foods products are Certified Organic by Oregon Tilth Certified Organic and carry the USDA Organic Seal. “Certified” means that the food has been grown and handled according to strict organic standards which are enforced by independent third-party state or private organizations. Certification includes inspections of farm fields and processing facilities, detailed record keeping and periodic testing of soil, water and produce to ensure that growers and processors are meeting the standards of the USDA National Organic Program.

Natural and Organic aren’t the Same

Food products labeled as “natural” are regulated by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) but do not require certification. This term refers to foods that have been minimally processed or are free from synthetic ingredients. In contrast, “organic” products are regulated by the USDA. In many parts of the world, the term “natural” has no formal definition or accepted meaning.

Organic Farming Information provided by Oregon Tilth.