This is our first direct involvement with Slow Food and we’re really looking forward to participating at the Market of Taste on Saturday April, 27th. Several local producers will be sampling their products which will range from farmersdotter Bread and Habanero Brittle to produce and seafood.
And speaking of seafood, we have it on good authority that if you search out the Oyster Man and ask him nicely for a sample of his spectacular chowder chances are you may also be treated to some Similkameen Sourdough Bread to scoop it up!
While at the conference we recommend visiting Harker’s Organics display. Harker’s have a wealth of knowledge on organics in the Okanagan and have been farming in the region for five generations and the sixth generation is almost tall enough to pick apples!
The following Saturday, May 4th, sees the opening of the annual Penticton Farmers Market, 8:30am until at least noon – 100 block main street Penticton, BC
Today is our annual inspection from PACS the certifying body that grants our certified organic status.
We make the distinction and say certified organic as opposed to simply organic. Organic can apply to many things but within the BC farming community saying one is certified organic will leave no doubt what you are about.
To our understanding there is limited regulation in British Columbia when it comes to applying the term organic to describe livestock or produce production. That does not mean to say a grower who is not certified organic does not embrace organic standards. Most city gardeners and small scale growers choose to subscribe to some form of organic method. They simply choose not to certify and that is fair enough. There needs be some way for these growers to describe their methodology and organic does apply.
In order to protect the consumer a strict and high standard of quality assurance must exist and the best way to describe that must also involve a reference to organic. But how does one usurp a word for an exclusive purpose? Tricky and most probably why there remains confusion over exactly what organic means when one goes to buy a fricking apple from the market.
That is why we say certified organic. Its an extra word but it leaves no doubt.
When purchasing meat and produce from a supermarket we look for approved labeling when describing compliant products. Something non certified and most definitely conventionally grown products will not have. There are probably more labels available for use in BC but the three labels listed below are marketing examples farmersdotter organics are entitled to use with prior permission from our certifying body.
If we know the grower, and the grower is not certified yet happens to be organic in practice, we will purchase their products for personal consumption. Certification is a choice for a grower. Certification is not for everybody. Know your grower and vote with your wallet.
Also, there are three types of annoying sticky labels on produce. Conventional produce have a 4-digit code number. Organic produce has the same 4-digit code only preceded by the number 9. GMO’s has the same 4-digit code only preceded by the number 8 making it oh so easy to avoid Monsanto Monster Mashed Morsels at a grocer near you.
For more information on Certified Organics please visit:
COR Government of Canada’s regulated system for organic agricultural products.
COABC The program designated by BC as the provincial program administrator.