Whenever I go to the farmers markets I see stands that say Organic and have a certificate, but when you look at the produce it does not look at all organic.
Strawberries huge and shiny red in February? Cauliflower without evidence of any little bugs on it!?
Anyone know how often these vendors' produce is checked for authenticity?
The only vendors I trust typically are run by younger people who look like hippies. They are not afraid to show you pictures of their fields and their produce has real evidence of coming from a farm: irregular shapes, small holes, often a few little bugs.
I recently went to South Pasadena Farmers Market...
----Vendors with Organic signs I am suspicious of----
-Jaime Farms - exact center of S Pasadena Farmers Market
Their selection so vast and nothing had one bug or bite mark on it!
-The stand right next to Jaime with the huge selection and cheap prices
-Yasutomi Farms - beautiful Japanese produce, no posted organic sign but grown hydroponically. *Be warned- while most all of their greens are hydroponic they still spray with real deal pesticides. I had a lengthy conversation with them about it.
----Vendors I trust----
-South Cental CoOp- wonderful kale and herbs that have traces of being a real plant
-Healthy Family Farms- Grass Beef and Quality Poultry / eggs
I understand there are advances in farming (organic pesticides, neem oil, hot houses and hydroponics) to help produce look beautiful but many of these farms have too wide of a selection to not have one vegetable with 'a' bug on it!!
Anyone have any insight on this?