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Organic Food Stores West Monroe LA

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 West Monroe, LA that will answer all of your questions about Organic Food Stores.

West Monroe Farmers' Market
1700 North 7th St.
West Monroe, LA
General Information
Covered : No
Open Year Round : Yes
Programs
WIC Accepted : No
SFMNP Accepted : Yes
SNAP Accepted : No

Michael's New Leaf
(888) 280-1212
317 Louisville Ave.
Monroe, LA
 
Mandeville Trailhead Community Farmers' Market
675 Lafitte St.
Mandeville, LA
General Information
Covered : No
Open Year Round : Yes
Programs
WIC Accepted : No
SFMNP Accepted : Yes
SNAP Accepted : No

Union Parish Farmers' Market
407 S. Main St.
Farmerville, LA
General Information
Covered : No
Open Year Round : Yes
Programs
WIC Accepted : Yes
SFMNP Accepted : No
SNAP Accepted : No

Teche Area Farmers Market
(337) 229-6838
Historic Downtown Bouliny Plaza, Main Street
New Iberia, LA
General Information
Covered : No
Open Year Round : Yes
Programs
WIC Accepted : No
SFMNP Accepted : Yes
SNAP Accepted : No
Hours
Tuesday, 3:30 p.m. - 6:00 p.m. Saturday, 6:30 a.m. - 10:30 a.m.

Monroe Farmers Market
(318) 282-1410
1212 Washington Street
Monroe, LA
General Information
Covered : No
Open Year Round : No
Programs
WIC Accepted : No
SFMNP Accepted : Yes
SNAP Accepted : No
Hours
May-November Monday - Saturday 6:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.
County
Ouachita

Donaldsonville Farmer's Market
(225) 257-4464
Crescent Park, Railroad Avenue
Donaldsonville, LA
General Information
Covered : No
Open Year Round : Yes
Programs
WIC Accepted : No
SFMNP Accepted : No
SNAP Accepted : No
Hours
8:00 a. m. - 12:00 noon

Gretna Farmers Market
(504) 366-4745
739 Third Street - Downtown; Third Street & Huey P. Long Streets
Gretna, LA
General Information
Covered : Yes
Open Year Round : Yes
Programs
WIC Accepted : No
SFMNP Accepted : Yes
SNAP Accepted : No
Hours
Saturday, 8:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.

Rouston Farmers Market
(318) 251-3479
Downtown Ruston, public parking lot east of Monroe Street; Between Railroad
Ruston, LA
General Information
Covered : No
Open Year Round : No
Programs
WIC Accepted : No
SFMNP Accepted : No
SNAP Accepted : No
Hours
May-October Saturday, 7:30 a.m. - 11:30 a.m.
County
Lincoln Parish

Petit Vegetable Market
(225) 869-8174
4113 Petit Street; Highway 44 River Road
Hester, LA
General Information
Covered : No
Open Year Round : No
Programs
WIC Accepted : No
SFMNP Accepted : No
SNAP Accepted : No
Hours
October-December 10:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.

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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