Ripe with Organics
Summertime in the Northwest is full of abundance and the best time to truly enjoy everything our local farms have to offer. Walk through our produce aisle—it’s brimming with organic vegetables delivered straight from the local farmers who grew them naturally, with a lot of love. Haggen carries more than 130 different varieties of organic produce from more than 30 different organic farmers that we know on a first name basis.
The Organic Difference
So what makes our produce organic? In accordance with the USDA National Organic Program, all our organic produce is grown without the use of pesticides, synthetic fertilizers, sewage sludge, genetically modified organisms, or ionizing radiation. The process of farms converting their land to organic is a three-year process that includes two years of building up the fertility of the land and a year of growing organically but with the produce labeled as “in conversion”. Not until the third year can the product be sold as organic. The benefits of organically grown produce may include higher nutritional value according to recent studies* and superior taste and quality often preferred by gourmet chefs.
Give Organics a Taste
Bring home some crisp organic produce to taste the goodness for yourself. Organic greens make a great foundation for a salad, with an interesting crunch factor from carrots, radishes, cucumbers and onions. Tomatoes and mushrooms add more flavor while the perfectly sweet blueberry vinaigrette brings everything together. If you’re planning ahead for a picnic or a portable workday salad, pack a glass jar (with a lid) with salad fixings: vinaigrette
on the bottom, carrots and radishes next, then remaining vegetables with greens on top.
Whether you’re a seasoned organic buyer or a curious novice, we encourage giving our local organics a try this time of year and getting to know a little about our hardworking organic farmers.