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Organic Inspector Visit Today

Each year an inspector comes to visit the farm.  It would be fun to have a video of the inspection so customers could understand what farmers go through to be able to prove that they are using farming practices that are healthiest for you and for the environment.  They visit fields, go through your cabinets, look at your records (sometimes including bank records), ask a lot of questions and they fill out a report that they send to the certifying agency.  The inspector does not make the judgement the certifying agency does and often they follow up with the farmers and ask more question.  There are many certifying agencies in this country, although there are non in Michigan.  We are White Pine Farm use OEFFA (Ohio Ecological Food & Farm Alliance).

A service repairmen came by the other day and was so proud of himself because he only eats organic, he is sure of the that because he goes to an indoor all year around farmers market.  It is kind of sad in a way, often the assumption is that when you go to a market all the farmers are organic and all the farmers are growing their own produce.

Ideally we should work on educating the consumer, although that is tough to do without seeming to be a naysayer.

It is unfortunate that most the produce in the indoor markets are neither local and not organic.  Here we are again, going through the rigors, the restrictions and all the work to grow food that is free of toxins so both our customers, our selves and our planet can remain healthy; and again here we are having to see those that care more about their profit both unintentionally and very often intentionally misleading consumers.

 

 

 

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Open For Ordering Until Monday July 3 (10pm), For order pick-up on July 6-9

Wow!!!  The weather seems so nice and warm.  Who could have imagined that this warm and cold and warm and cold again could have such an impact on your local food.  We can adapt by putting a coat on layers of clothes but the plants and the trees get a little confused they cannot put layers of clothing and they have to rely on us to help them get past the changing climate.

Because of these weather changes Almars has lost 90% of their crop this year, I am not sure about the other fruit growers in the state.  The plants say it is warm, the sun is shining it must be time for me to blossom.  Each time it gets warm they grow a little more and than get slammed with a heavy frost and die.  It took our asparagus out that same weekend, although they have deep roots so they will come back and produce.  The frequency that our fruit growers in Michigan have been losing crops to frost is happening more and more often as compared to in the past.  So much for food security.

The tart cherries from North Star Organics is the absolute last of them.  Tart Cherries offer great health benefits especially for your joints.  The kind of joints that you use to hang the laundry or bend down to pick up toys.

Did you know that those wonderful red cherries in Maraschino Cherries are actually yellow cherries.  True sweet red cherries are difficult to grow so instead the industry grows the yellow sweet cherries.  Now what American do you know that wants yellow cherries, Cherries are suppose to be red RIGHT?  To keep the populations happy the non organic industry soaks the cherries in Bleach (chlorine-you know that stuff in the hallide family on the periodical chart-that according to Dr. Brownstein is stored in our breast) and than they die the cherries red.  Just that alone should make you think twice before eating non organic cherries.  I shudder each time I think about you.

 

 

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Sweet Potato Planting Time

It is time to plant sweet potatoes, this is one of those plants that go in the ground latest in the planting season because they are the least cold weather tolerant.  This sweet potato planting will be occurring the next couple of days.  If anyone would like to get their hands in the organic soil and plant sweet potatoes call us at 810-688-3192 to find the times you can join us.

NEW pick-up location.  We have a booth at the Davison Farmers Market and will have a pick-up location on Saturdays there.  Please check us out on Tuesday, Thursday or Saturday.