I was shocked!
Did you know that farmers and wholesalers can LEGALLY certify as organic fruits and vegetables that have been irradiated and washed in antifreeze? I did not know that. In fact, I stopped at a local ‘farmer’s market’ and asked questions concerning the produce. What I saw was produce no different from what I see at the grocery store. The apples still had the little white stickers on them.
I asked her if the produce was local. She said yes, that some was grown locally, but all was grown in Texas. I asked her if the produce was organic. She said no, but it was all natural. I told her that I expected when I stopped at a farmer’s market, to find produce that was grown locally without added pesticides or herbicides. She said no, that a farmer’s market meant that the produce was grown by farmers. Duh…….
What do you think? What is your expectation when you stop and shop for organic produce at farmer’s markets. I am sure that none of you expected to have the produce washed with antifreeze. What does this mean to you? How do we stop this harmful practice?
Until next time