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Organic Food Stores Meriden CT

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Meriden Farmers Market
Butler Street parking lot; Corner of West Main & Grove Streets
Meriden, CT
General Information
Covered : No
Open Year Round : No
Programs
WIC Accepted : Yes
SFMNP Accepted : No
SNAP Accepted : No
Hours
July-October Saturday, 8:00 a.m.- 12:00 noon
County
New Haven

Boulder Knoll Community Farm CSA
(203) 699-0250
Cheshire, CT
Membership Organizations
Ecovian

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Upper Forty Farm
(860) 632-9029
Cromwell, CT
Membership Organizations
Ecovian

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New Britain Farmers Market
109 North Street; The church we always go to in New Britain
New Britain, CT
General Information
Covered : No
Open Year Round : No
Programs
WIC Accepted : Yes
SFMNP Accepted : No
SNAP Accepted : No
Hours
July-October Thursday, 10:00 a.m.- 1:00 p.m.
County
Hartford

New Britain/Urban Oaks Farmers Market
225 Oak Street, Urban Oaks Market
New Britain, CT
General Information
Covered : No
Open Year Round : No
Programs
WIC Accepted : Yes
SFMNP Accepted : No
SNAP Accepted : Yes
Hours
August-October Friday, 3:00 p.m.- 6:00 p.m. Saturday, 10:00 a.m.- 1:00 p.m.
County
Hartford

Wallingford Farmers Market
Railroad Station Green; Quinnipiac- Hall Avenues and Colony Road (Route 5)
Wallingford, CT
General Information
Covered : No
Open Year Round : No
Programs
WIC Accepted : No
SFMNP Accepted : No
SNAP Accepted : No
Hours
July-September Saturday, 9:00 a.m.-12:00 noon
County
New Haven

Middletown Farmers Market
South Green on Old Church Street
Middletown, CT
General Information
Covered : No
Open Year Round : No
Programs
WIC Accepted : Yes
SFMNP Accepted : No
SNAP Accepted : No
Hours
July-October Tuesday & Thursday, 8:00 a.m.- 12:00 noon
County
Middlesex

Urban Oaks Organic Farm
(860) 223-6200
New Britain, CT
Membership Organizations
Ecovian

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Bodhichitta Farms
(203) 244-4340
Prospect, CT
Membership Organizations
Ecovian

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Mill River Valley Gardens
(203) 248-2096
North Haven, CT
Membership Organizations
Ecovian

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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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