ALL ABOUT ORGANICS

When you choose organic food and other products, you’re helping more than yourself. You’re supporting farmers and producers who work hard to meet the standards because they believe in good health, quality and sustainability. It takes a lot and pays it forward.

What Does Organic Mean?
All organic products begin as crops grown without toxic and persistent pesticides which can end up in soil and water, as well as in your food. Since 2002, all organic food products sold in the U.S. are required to meet strict USDA Organic standards.
What Does Organic Mean?
Organic Standards in Brief
- No toxic or persistent pesticides or herbicides
- No sewer sludge or synthetic fertilizers
- No GMOs (genetically modified organisms)
- No antibiotics
- No synthetic growth hormones
- No irradiation
Organic Standards in Brief
Organic Meat, Eggs and Dairy Products
Meat, eggs and dairy products with the organic label must come from animals fed organic – which also means non-GMO – feed, given fresh air and outdoor access and raised without antibiotics or added growth hormones*.

*Federal regulations prohibit the use of hormones in raising pork, poultry, goats, veal and bison. Organic standards prohibit hormones in raising beef and lamb as well.
Organic Meat, Eggs and Dairy Products
Organic Labeling
Deciphering product labels can be confusing. How can you be sure what the label means and whether it’s what you’re really looking for? For one, there’s a difference between products labeled “100% Organic,” “Organic” and “Made with Organic” ingredients. Rest easy, we’re looking out for you.
Organic Labeling
Organic Food FAQ
Why eat organic? What are the most important foods to buy organic? Are organic foods non-GMO? We’ve been offering organic products since we opened our doors in 1980 so let us help you out with these questions and more.
Organic Food FAQ
What is a Certified Organic Grocer?
While farms and processing facilities for organic products are required to get organic certification, it’s optional for retailers. For certification, there are numerous steps and processes to insure organic integrity from when products arrive at a store until you put them in your basket. That integrity is important to us – and many of our shoppers – so we became the first national certified organic grocer.
What is a Certified Organic Grocer?
How Does Biodynamic Farming Fit In?
Like organic farmers, certified Biodynamic farmers must use alternatives to synthetic chemical pesticides and fertilizers. In addition, Biodynamic farmers strive to nurture the potential of a farm’s own resources, which include water and biodiversity. However, not all Biodynamic farms are organic.
How Does Biodynamic Farming Fit In?