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Organic Food Stores Gadsden AL

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Gadsden Farmers Market
at the intersection of 7th & Broad Street
Gadsden, AL
General Information
Covered : No
Open Year Round : No
Programs
WIC Accepted : No
SFMNP Accepted : Yes
SNAP Accepted : No
Hours
June 2- Tuesday & Friday, 8:00 a.m.- 2:00 p.m.
County
Etowah

Pleasant Valley Farm CSA
(256) 490-3493
Gallant, AL
Membership Organizations
Ecovian

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Cherokee County Farmers Market
(256) 303-8888
635 Amory Road; The Armory
Centre, AL
General Information
Covered : No
Open Year Round : No
Programs
WIC Accepted : No
SFMNP Accepted : Yes
SNAP Accepted : No
Hours
June 4- Thursday, 3:00 p.m. - 6:00 p.m.
County
Cherokkee

Prattville Farmers Market
(334) 361-7273
Prattville Square Shopping Center parking lot; 151 North Memorial Drive
Prattville, AL
General Information
Covered : No
Open Year Round : No
Programs
WIC Accepted : No
SFMNP Accepted : Yes
SNAP Accepted : No
Hours
Tuesday, 3:00 p.m. - 6:00 p.m. Saturday, 7:00 a.m. - 11:00 a.m.
County
Autauga

Fresh Market at Ross Bridge
(205) 680-5372
4000 Grand Avenue
Hoover, AL
General Information
Covered : No
Open Year Round : No
Programs
WIC Accepted : No
SFMNP Accepted : Yes
SNAP Accepted : No
Hours
June 6- Every other Saturday, 7:30 a.m. - until
County
Jefferson

Boaz Farmers Market
(256) 593-9537
108 Line Street
Boaz, AL
General Information
Covered : No
Open Year Round : No
Programs
WIC Accepted : Yes
SFMNP Accepted : Yes
SNAP Accepted : No
Hours
Monday-Saturday, 6:00 a.m.- 8:00 p.m.
County
Marshall

Noah Valley Farm
(256) 239-7579
Jacksonville, AL
Membership Organizations
Ecovian

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Clarke County Farmers Market
3100 Highway 43; Parking lot of USDA office complex
Jackson, AL
General Information
Covered : No
Open Year Round : No
Programs
WIC Accepted : No
SFMNP Accepted : Yes
SNAP Accepted : No
Hours
Tuesday, 7:00 a.m.- 2:00 p.m.
County
Clarke

Clay County Farmers Market
(256) 354-5976 or (256) 463-2620
Highway 9; Chamber of Commerce
Ashland, AL
General Information
Covered : Yes
Open Year Round : No
Programs
WIC Accepted : No
SFMNP Accepted : Yes
SNAP Accepted : No
Hours
July 7- Tuesday & Friday, 7:00 a.m.- 12:00 noon
County
Clay

Blount/Oneonta Agribusiness Center
(205) 274-2129 or (205) 274-8839
500 New Street
Oneonta, AL
General Information
Covered : No
Open Year Round : No
Programs
WIC Accepted : Yes
SFMNP Accepted : Yes
SNAP Accepted : No
Hours
June 6- Tuesday, Thursday & Saturday, 7:00 a.m.- 1:00 p.m.
County
Blount

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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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