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Organic Food Stores Alpena MI

This page provides useful content and local businesses that can help with your search for Organic Food Stores. You will find helpful, informative articles about Organic Food Stores, including "Organic Foods - FAQ". You will also find local businesses that provide the products or services that you are looking for. Please scroll down to find the local resources in Alpena, MI that will answer all of your questions about Organic Food Stores.

Centurion Farms
(231) 709-3099
Alpena, MI
Membership Organizations
Ecovian

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Hillman Farmers Market
(989) 785-8013
Brush Creek Mill; corner of Pleasant Valley & State Streets
Hillman, MI
General Information
Covered : No
Open Year Round : No
Programs
WIC Accepted : No
SFMNP Accepted : Yes
SNAP Accepted : No
Hours
July-October Tuesday, 3:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m. Saturday, 8:00 p.m. - 1:00 p.m.
County
Montmoren

Kalamazoo Farmers Market
(269) 337-8899
1204 Bank Street; Between Lfake Street & Stockbridge Avenune
Kalamazoo, MI
General Information
Covered : No
Open Year Round : No
Programs
WIC Accepted : No
SFMNP Accepted : No
SNAP Accepted : No
Hours
May-November Saturday, 7:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.

Videnovich Farms
(773) 562-0606
Bridgman, MI
Membership Organizations
Ecovian

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Rogers City Farmers Market
(989) 734-2168
Lake Street & Huron, near Marina entrance
Rogers City, MI
General Information
Covered : No
Open Year Round : No
Programs
WIC Accepted : No
SFMNP Accepted : Yes
SNAP Accepted : No
Hours
July-October Saturday, 8:00 a.m. - 12:00 Noon
County
Presque Isle

Alpena Farmers Market
(989) 356-5995
River Street, behind City Hall
Alpena, MI
General Information
Covered : No
Open Year Round : No
Programs
WIC Accepted : No
SFMNP Accepted : No
SNAP Accepted : No
Hours
June-October Wednesday, 8:00 a.m.- 12:00 Noon Saturday, 8:00 a.m. - 12:00 Noon
County
Alpena

Nottawa Fruit Farm
(269) 467-7719
Centreville, MI
Membership Organizations
Ecovian

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Spring Lake Farm & Garden Market
(616) 866-1537
Church Street, east of the Library downtown
Spring Lake, MI
General Information
Covered : No
Open Year Round : No
Programs
WIC Accepted : No
SFMNP Accepted : Yes
SNAP Accepted : No
Hours
June-October Thursday, 12:00 Noon - 5:00 p.m.
County
Ottawa

Lapeer Downtown Farmers Market
(810) 664-2438
Courthouse Square on Nepessing Street
Lapeer, MI
General Information
Covered : No
Open Year Round : No
Programs
WIC Accepted : No
SFMNP Accepted : Yes
SNAP Accepted : No
Hours
May-October Wednesday, 9:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m. Saturday, 9:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.
County
Lapeer

Northwest Detroit Farmers Market
(313) 835-8190
1500 Southfield, Bushnell Congregational Church
Detroit, MI
General Information
Covered : No
Open Year Round : No
Programs
WIC Accepted : No
SFMNP Accepted : No
SNAP Accepted : No
Hours
Augusst-October Thursday, 4:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.

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Organic Foods - FAQ

1. What is organic food?
Organic refers not to the food itself, but how it is produced. Organic food production is based on a system of farming that maintains and replenishes the fertility of the soil. Organic foods are produced without the use of synthetic pesticides and fertilizers. Organic foods are minimally processed to maintain the integrity of the food without artificial ingredients, preservatives or irradiation.

2. How is "certified organic" food different from other organic food?
"Certified" means that the food has been grown according to strict uniform standards that are verified by independent state or private organizations. Certification includes inspections of farm fields and processing facilities, detailed record keeping, and periodic testing of soil and water to ensure that growers and handlers are meeting the standards that have been established.

3. Who regulates the certified organic claims?
The federal government set standards for the production, processing and certification of organic food in the Organic Food Production Act of 1990. A National Organic Standards Board was established at that time and now is developing the guidelines and procedures that will regulate all crops from produce, grains, meat, dairy and eggs to processed foods. The law was activated April 21, 2001. Those who grow or market "organic" products were required to comply with the rule as of October 21, 2002. The Act provides that a person may sell or label an agricultural product as organically produced only if the product has been produced and handled in accordance with provisions of the Act and these regulations. The U.S. Department of Agriculture oversees the program.

4. Is organic food completely free of pesticide residues?
Organic food is not produced with toxic synthetic pesticides and fertilizers. However, there are some instances where residues may be carried to organic fields from neighboring conventional farms and environmental pollution.

5. Do organic farmers ever use pesticides?
Yes. However, only natural pesticides are permitted with restrictions as a last resort when growers are threatened with crop failure. Organic farmers' primary strategy is "prevention." By building healthy soils, healthy plants are better able to resist disease and insects. When pest populations get out of balance, growers will try various options like insect predators, mating disruption, traps and barriers. If these fail, permission will be granted by the certifier to apply botanical pesticides under restricted conditions. "Botanicals" are derived from plants and are broken down quickly by oxygen and sunlight.

6. Is organic food better for you?
There is no scientific evidence at this time to suggest that organically produced foods are more nutritious. However, well-balanced soils grow strong healthy plants that many people believe taste better and contain more nutrients. Many restaurant chefs across the country are using organic produc...

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