Farm Fresh Carolinas

Why Organic?

First you have to know what the term “organic” refers to the way agricultural products are grown and processed. In the U.S., organic crops must be grown without the use of synthetic pesticides, bioengineered genes (GMOs), petroleum-based fertilizers, sewage sludge-based fertilizers, and ionizing radiation.

Benefits of Organic Produce

Organic produce contains fewer chemicals. Chemicals such as fungicides, herbicides, insecticides, and synthetic fertilizers are widely used in conventional agriculture and residues remain on (and in) the food we eat.

Organic food is often fresher because it doesn’t contain preservatives that make it last longer. 

Organic farming is better for the environment. Organic farming practices reduce pollution, conserve water, reduce soil erosion, increase soil fertility, and use less energy promoting a self-sustaining cyle of resources on a farm. Farming without pesticides is also better for nearby animals as well as people who live close to farms. 

Organic food is GMO-free. Genetically Modified Organisms (GMOs) or genetically engineered (GE) foods are plants whose DNA has been altered in ways that cannot occur in nature or in traditional crossbreeding, most commonly in order to be resistant to pests or disease and improve crop yeilds.

Farm Fresh Carolinas also utilizes Local Produce whenever possible

Why Local?

Benefits of Local Produce

Financial: Money stays within the local economy and more of that share goes directly to the farmer, instead of to things like marketing and distribution.

Transportation: In the U.S., the average distance a meal travels from the farm to the dinner plate is over 1,500 miles. Produce must be picked while still unripe and then gassed to "ripen" it after transport. Or the food may be highly processed in factories using preservatives, irradiation, and other means to keep it stable for transport.

Freshness: Local food is harvested when ripe and thus fresher and full of flavor.

Small local farmers often use organic methods but sometimes cannot afford to become certified organic. Farm Fresh Carolinas sources from both small and large farms, but ensures that all of the produced sourced uses organic farming methods.

100% of our produce is currently certified USDA Organic. Farm Fresh Carolinas also reserves the right in the futher work with smaller farmers that offer sustainable sourced, pesticide-free produce in order to utilize local produce. Often small local farmers cannot afford the USDA certification, but still farm with organic growing practices.  If that selection is ever made you will be notified and may always selec to have a substitute for that week.

 

 
    
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