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Organic Food

What does “organic” really mean?

Today’s supermarket foods are full of labels, and many of them are misleading. For example, the “natural” label in the United States doesn’t assure any standards — it’s essentially just a marketing term. The “Organic” label, on the other hand, is enforced by regulatory agencies. In the US, it means food is from non–GMO (genetically modified) seeds grown without the application of synthetic pesticides or fertilizers. Organic produce is not processed with synthetic solvents or irradiated. There are also other rules regarding land, water, and animal husbandry.

What does local food have to do with organic food?

The process of getting certified as “Organic” is complicated and very expensive — often out of reach for family farms. Only the very small farms that sell less than 5,000 pounds of produce are exempt from organic labelling laws. This means that produce, dairy, or meat might be organically grown, even if you don’t see the label.

If quality is unregulated, how do you get the best produce?

This is where local food comes in — because a personal relationship with food producers is possible. At the farmer’s market, customers can ask questions directly to the farmers about the conditions their produce is grown in. A relationship over time means that there is more trust between food sellers and consumers. Sun Basket’s produce is the finest quality because our Executive chef, Justine Kelly, has spent years developing an extensive network of farmers and producers who are truly committed to sustainable practices. We have continued to expand our network of trusted sources who exemplify our values; for example, we now have suppliers across the country to provide our clients with the freshest responsibly–caught seafood available.

Sun Basket delivers fresh, seasonal, delicious produce from local farmers straight to your door every week, along with easy–to–follow recipes. Find out more.