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Let’s talk Organic food!

According to the USDA, Organic food is the integration of “ cultural, biological, and mechanical practices that foster cycling of resources, promote ecological balance, and conserve biodiversity. ”  So, what does that mean?  Well, it means that organic food is grown, raised, or produced in as natural a manner as possible.  In order for something to be considered “Organic” there are a number of steps that must be taken and regulations that must be followed to ensure a reputable and safe product.

Let’s take a look at an organic apple.  In order for this apple to be considered “organic” it would have been planned well before any harvest.  Organic produce is not an overnight product.  Farmers cannot simply decide not to put pesticides on a crop and label it organic.  There is a process to this whole organic thing.  In order for said apple to be organic it would have to have grown on an organic apple tree.  In order for the apple tree to be organic, it would have had to come from an organic apple seed.  In order for that organic apple seed to grow into an organic apple tree, it needed to be planted in organic soil.  In order for the soil to be considered organic, it would have had to lay fallow (unused) and untreated for usually 3+  years.  Once the organic soil and the organic apple seed grew a tree, the soil and the tree could not be treated or nourished with any pesticides, herbicides, chemicals, etc.  So, that little organic apple was planned long before it ever grew into its crisp, tart deliciousness.

So, what is organic food? It is food that has been treated or rather untreated as nature intended.  Next time you or your kids bite into an organic apple, that is what they are getting, an apple.  It’s a beautiful thing.  Everything you want and need; nothing you don’t.

Visit www.ams.usda.gov/AMSv1.0/nop for more information on organic regulations from the USDA.

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Organic Fruits and Vegetables during the Fall Season

An important part of organic living is eating locally and seasonally.  Seeing as how the internet allows people from all over to share information, it does not make much sense to focus on local, seasonal fruits and vegetables in my area only.  So, I am focusing on organic fruit and vegetables typical of most climates in the fall.

What you should be eating this fall:

Here is a list of a few fall favorites to enjoy. Remember buy Organic and.or local whenever possible.

Apples: The best of the best are naturally ready in the fall months.

Artichokes:  Smaller but still delicious second crops pop up in the fall.

Beets: Deep red and delicious fall crop.

Carrots:  Their natural harvest is in the fall and they are fantastic.

Dates: Get them while you can.

Figs:  The best time of year to get these ancient fruit.

Greens:  Spinach, kale, collards to name a few are best in the fall.

Parsnips:  Use these delicious and in season root vegetables much like potatoes with a twist.

Pears: Sweet and succulent, pears are at their prime in Autumn.

Pumpkin: King of the fall.  Bright orange and ready to enjoy.

Spinach:  Rich and earthy, Spinach is a wonderful fall green.

Sweet potato:  Sweet and ready to consume.

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