Why Our Organic Locally Grown Food is Plum Fabulous!

Our organic locally grown food is pesticide-free, non-GMO, fresh as can be and grown in fertile, nutrient-rich soil amended with compost, Azomite and more.

Building From the Ground Up

What makes our organic locally grown food so great? We put tender, loving care into all parts of the growing process. We start by creating the best soil we can by using our own compost and amending the soil with AZOMITE®, a natural product mined from an ancient mineral deposit in Utah.  Azomite typically contains a broad spectrum of over 70 minerals and trace elements, distinct from any other mineral deposit in the world. As a result, our organic locally grown food has extra nutrients that the stuff at the store may not have.

Preparing the soil with compost and Azomite

Use the Right Seeds & Amendments

Next, we use heirloom seeds. Many of the seeds we use are ones we have saved ourselves. We like to use primarily heirloom crops just for that purpose. Next, we only use all natural, organic amendments on our garden including fish emulsion, seaweed, and agricultural molasses. We rarely use pest control products, preferring instead to use a barrier method to keep pests off our plants. If we do have to use a pesticide, we always make sure it is organically certified. 

Is That a Bug Hole?!?

Why does our organic locally grown food have imperfections? Because it is organic, there may be some bug holes in it. There is no danger in eating food that a bug may have munched on. In fact, many cultures in the world won’t eat veggies that don’t have bug holes. They know that if the bugs won’t eat it, they shouldn’t either. As a culture, Americans have become accustomed to perfect fruits and vegetables that are all the same size, color, shape and blemish-free. The only way to grow this type of produce is through the systematic, chemical-dependent approach used by commercial farming operations, which we certainly are NOT! There is even some evidence that plants with bug holes may actually be more nutritious.

How Long Will My Produce Last?

The good news is that our organic locally grown food is not sprayed with the kinds of preservative chemicals that the stores use. That list can include:

  • Lipids (waxes, oils, stearic acid)
  • Resins (such as shellac and wood rosin)
  • Polysaccharides (such as cellulose, pectin, starch, carrageenan, and chitosan)
  • Proteins (such as casein, soy, and corn-zein)
  • Common additives to these base materials include:
  • Plasticizers (such as polyethylene glycol, glycerol, and “other cross-linking agents”)
  • Antimicrobials
  • Antioxidants
  • Texturizers (to customize the film for the particular product)

Even organic produce purchased at the supermarket may have coatings applied. How do you think they are able to pick it, wash it, tag or bag it, transport it, etc. before it spoils? Our veggies and fruits are picked at the peak of freshness. We like to use them as soon after picking as we can. The nutrients of all fruits and vegetables begin to break down as soon as you pick them, so we like to maximize their potental.

What About GMOs?

Our organic locally grown food is 100% non-GMO. GMOs, or genetically modified organisms, are organisms that are genetically altered, usually at the seed level. Some GMOs contain a terminator gene which actually STERILIZES the seeds so that they must be purchased from year to year.  Some have pesticides built in to ward of bugs and others are engineered to be resistant to chemical herbicides. In addition, GMOs wreak havoc on your gut flora, which is essential for healthy digestion and absorption of nutrients.  Since these plants are altered at the gene level, these destructive traits can’t simply be rinsed away. Considering that we are what we eat, does any of that sound healthy for your body? GMOs weren’t even present in our produce before 1994, but now they are in over 75% of all food on grocery store shelves – that’s ALL food, not just produce.