Buying local strengthens our economy and empowers our community, which is important to us!
Providing you the freshest in-season fruits and vegetables is our top priority. And because we care about where our food comes from, we buy as much locally grown food as the season allows.
When buying local isn’t possible, we source a diverse array of organic, grower-stated and conventional produce from other regions, all of which is clearly labeled.
When you visit our produce department, you may notice brightly colored signs. Here is what each one means:
The "Organic" label indicates the produce has been grown through approved methods in accordance with the USDA National Organic Program. Synthetic fertilizers, sewage sludge, irradiation and genetic engineering may not be used. More than 98 percent of our produce is certified organic. You will see this product with GREEN SIGNS.
We work with small farmers who grow items labeled "natural." These growers either didn't pursue organic certification through the USDA or because they didn't qualify. We support these farmers and require that they refrain from using synthetic/chemical fertilizers and pesticides. In addition, they are required to fully disclose their growing practices. Under this classification, each grower’s standards are a little different. We will always provide as much information as we can regarding their products, which you will see with BLUE SIGNS.
We proudly support organic growers in Southwest Idaho, Eastern Oregon and Washington who are committed to growing organic food for our community. You will see these items showcased with ORANGE SIGNS.
“Conventional” or “commercially grown” produce has a different set of regulations where synthetic fertilizers and pesticides/herbicides can be used and where "monoculture" farming can be employed. In the U.S., 85 to 90 percent of produce sold is conventional. We are committed to the organic movement, but we also realize not every produce item is always available organically (or may be price prohibitive). These items can be found with RED SIGNS.