News from Our Organic Produce Department

June Produce News

 
 
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What to Look for in Our Produce Department This Month:

Organic Grapes are in season, and during the summer months, we offer a number of varieties, including Red, Green, and Black Seedless, as well as Champagne, Concord, and the ultra-sweet “Cotton Candy” grape!

Organic Peaches, Plums, Nectarines, and Apricots have arrived.

Organic Pluots are a wonderful hybrid cross (organic is always non-GMO) between a PLUm and an apricOT.

Many Local Organic Greens are coming in now, including Leaf Lettuce, Kale, Chard, Mizuna, Arugula, and Escarole. Our farm friends across town at Cherry Grove Organic Farm are delivering twice a week now. Profeta Farm in Readington, NJ is also delivering some beautiful organic greens as well as juicy, delicious Organic Strawberries. Many more local greens and vegetables will be arriving as we roll into summer!

Blue Moon Organic Spring Mix and Baby Arugula from Pennington should be hitting the shelves any day now.

All Organic Berries continue to be in good supply with great quality, flavor, and value.

Local, Organic Blueberries will start coming in toward the end of the month!

We’re still receiving delicious Local, Organic Asparagus from PA and NY. Enjoy it while you can! Did you know that asparagus is a power-packed veggie? It’s high in vitamins A, C, E, and K. And it’s a very low-calorie vegetable that is also rich in copper.

Look for the pale yellow signs to find locally grown produce! As the local produce season gets into full swing, we’ll continue to try to keep our produce signage as up to date as possible so that you can easily identify locally grown items. If you have any questions or are looking for a specific item from a local source, please don’t hesitate to ask any member of the produce staff at any time. We are happy to check our displays or inventory to get you just what you’re looking for!

Did you know that Whole Earth Center is a proud supporter of the Real Organic Project? You can find out more about them at the Real Organic Project website. Whole Earth Center shares their belief that soil-based growing is essential to organic agriculture.

Without getting into the details of the debate between hydroponic organic vs. soil-based organic, we want our customers to know how this all pertains to our buying practices:

The Whole Earth Center remains committed to having a 100% Organic Produce Department.

We choose to offer our customers produce that is known to be (or likely to be) hydroponic-organic ONLY IF the soil-grown organic version of that item is NOT available from any other source.

We understand that, at this time, hydroponic items can be certified as organic. However, we prefer to provide our customers with soil-grown organic produce, whenever possible.