In our survey this spring, and elsewhere, we have heard complaints about the perceived lack of organic produce at Your Market, and wanted to encourage patrons to ask specific farmers about their farming practices. We have some certified organic farmers — namely Sweet Leaf, at the center of the Market, and Berkley’s Blueberries, whose season starts this Sunday, and De Noble Farm from Tillamook, which will be starting in the next few weeks.
But getting official USDA certification as organic is costly and takes a lot of time that busy farmers don’t always have, so some of our vendors — including Sun Love Farm, Maggy’s Farm, and Little Brown House Herbery — have instead become “certified naturally grown” — read about that alternative certification program here
Other vendors, such as ProFarm, have some products which are grown organically and others which are not. Still others follow sustainable practices but have not sought certification — read here, for example, about the sustainable practices of longtime vendor Thompson Farms.
The produce at Your Market has not traveled for hours or days from California or farther, so the farmers who bring it to you don’t need to use some of the pesticides and fungicides used in much conventional farming. And even in conventional farming, different fruits and vegetables are far different in the amount of pesticides or fungicides used — if you are concerned about the use of chemicals on your produce, we encourage you ask the vendors specifically about their practices. Many of our vendors’ booths have a farmer or family member on hand who will know precisely how the produce is tended.