While perusing my local farmer’s market this past weekend I could not help but notice that the majority of the food was labeled as “naturally grown” while there seemed to be a lack of organic labeled foods. Upon further research I discovered that these “naturally grown” foods were in fact organic just could not have the organic label due to the high price of being organically certified by the government. So what exactly does naturally grown mean? The term was started by a group of small farmers in New York state that could not afford the organic certification but still practiced organic farming techniques. These farmers coined the term “certified naturally grown” which ensures that their crops are not treated with any synthetic chemicals. The farms in this program are checked by other farmers in the community to ensure that the products are in fact naturally grown. More often than not, these crops are sold to the local community through small business and farmer’s markets.
Supporting our local farmers is important and buying their naturally grown products is the same as buying an organically grown fruit or vegetable. Buying local is beneficial as the food does not have to travel as far and you can help the local community. You can also get some great deals on fresh, delicious food!
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