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DLJ Produce

Organic Produce: What You Need to Know

Although organic produce has been popular in-home gardens for decades, it’s only gained traction in commercial markets in the last decade or so. But the reason for the increase in popularity makes perfect sense.

Look for the DLJ Produce Organics label when you’re purchasing organic produce at your local grocer.

What Does Organic Mean?

The word “organic” is constantly thrown around by food producers, restaurants, and organic-food enthusiasts. But have you ever stopped to ask the question: “What does organic really mean?” The answer may surprise you.

To become certified by the USDA (United States Department of Agriculture), organic produce must be grown in soil that’s been free of synthetic fertilizers and pesticides for three years. However, a grower may use synthetic substances for growing purposes if the substance has also been approved by the USDA. Therefore, organic has a broad definition that’s not always understood by the average consumer.

That said, regulations prohibit the addition of any preservatives, added colors, or inorganic flavor enhancers. This protects the food from undergoing any process that could be deemed non-organic.

Does Organic Produce Offer Better Nutrition?

When grown in natural conditions, organic produce has been proven to provide more vitamins, antioxidants, minerals, and essential fatty acids. As a result, many consumers tend to gravitate toward organic produce, even at a premium price.

At DLJ Produce, we provide the finest, freshest produce all year round.  We harvest at the perfect time to ensure freshness whether it’s organic or non-organic fruits and vegetables.

Why Is Organic Produce More Expensive?

Because the time and cost of producing organic produce is far higher than non-organic produce. In addition, organic farms tend to be smaller businesses, which means that fixed costs can often incur a higher overall portion of profits. This results in a higher price to offset these increased costs of operations.

Does Organic Produce Protect the Planet?

One of the most important aspects of organic produce is that it actually does protect local ecosystems, the environment, and the planet. The reason that it offers such a layer of protection has many reasons.

The first reason is that organic produce negates the use of fertilizers, etc and many organic farming practices use less water overall.

Is Organic Produce Really Healthier?

Generally, eating fruits and vegetables is quite nutritious.  Either way, you will get a boost of nutrients whether it’s organic or not. 

If you prefer the organic option, there’s always an upside when compared to non-organic produce, DLJ Produce ensures our customers have choices when relying on us for produce. 

Whether it’s non-organic or organic produce you’re after, we ensure our products to be fresh and available 365 days a year, coast to coast. Call us with any questions or to find out about our current produce commodities.