Wednesday, January 13, 2010

Starting the year off right........




We are proud to point out that we remain a Certified Organic produce farm. We have updated Certificates of Conformity for Canadian Organic Products Regulation, USDA National Organic Program and European Organic Regulations. The outside-of-Canada certificates come in handy if we need to export grains. We will have the Canadian certificate PLUS the Organic Production Summary available at each market for peace of mind. The production summary lays out all acreage and also lists all products certified, rather than just the 'general' listed on the certificate itself.  We certify each year for these 5 reasons: We feel we have an obligation to our consumers buying 'organic'.   It is cost effective, basically an expense that is 1/3 the cost of year round vendor fees at ONE market.  The certification process has very fair and basic rules and regulations regarding vegetable and greenhouse production.  Paperwork that takes maybe 5 minutes a day to complete and is essential to look back on to learn from.  Last but not least, it feels right to have a third party involved in making sure you are crossing your t's and dotting your i's when you are feeding people food for a living! Since we have to compete with many, many other farmers and many, many other 'labels' and 'signage' for various other organizations that look 'organic', I've included pics of labels and certificates to look for when seeking out certified organic food!!!  When it comes to our farm being certified 'local' please take a look at our address on our certification! Yep, we're local. On another note, during this cold winter a really, really great coffee table book to make you certainly grin from ear to ear would be Amy Goldman's THE HEIRLOOM TOMATO.  What a spectacular book!  Beautiful descriptions, beautiful pictures to learn from until you meet me with my heirlooms at my tables this summer!!