All of our produce is grown using organic methods without chemical or synthetic fertilizers or genetically modified seed. While any imported produce is certified organic, not all of our local produce is organically certified. Why? We make two main exceptions to certified organic:
1) Small Growers: Organic certification is often not feasible for small growers and other smaller rural farmers. We believe it's important to support local small-scale farmers who are growing organically where there is a trusted relationship, even if their operation is not certified.
2) Pesticide-free Hydroponic: When there is no local soil-grown alternative, we occasionally opt for pesticide-free hydroponically grown produce, which, because it's not grown in soil, cannot be certified organic in Canada (it can be certified in some other jurisdictions).