Walk into the supermarket, and you
are faced with choices in each aisle. With thousands of products to choose from, many of the foods that make it into our cart are based on attractive claims made by product labels: cage-free eggs, chemical-free produce, gluten-free bread and grass-fed beef.
The trend towards organic, sustainable food production and consumption is growing. But what most people are not aware of is that many of our favorite brands that claim to be organic are using inaccurate and inconsistent marketing techniques to skew our perception.
Why Choose Certified Organic?
Many foods that claim to be organic may still contain harmful pesticides, preservatives and additives that can have negative effects on our health. Some chemicals used in food production pose hazardous risks to our well-being, leading to obesity, high cholesterol and other serious health issues. Choosing Certified Organic goods can be a simple way to avoid these unnatural chemicals and achieve a healthier life for you and your family.
Certified Organic at The Market
Many of the vendors at the Downtown Des Moines Famers' Market
are considered Certified Organic
by the US Department of Agriculture (USDA). Foods with this label are produced using organic farming methods and avoid using dangerous synthetic pesticides, fertilizers, animal by-products, antibiotics and sewage sludge.
Buying local is one of the best ways to be confident that your dollars are supporting eco-friendly and nontoxic goods that benefit the whole family's health.
Look out for these Certified Organic vendors at The Market:
- D & G Ag - Certified Organic heirloom tomatoes, Swiss chard, basil and eggs
- Daily Bread Bakery - Certified Organic bread varieties
- Soder Apiaries - Certified Organic produce and honey
- Steve's Organics - Certified Organic sweet corn
Certified Organic or not, there are tons of other healthy and safe foods available at The Market. To view a complete list of vendors, click here.
Stay Healthy with UnityPoint Health
While you are filling your bags with Certified Organic agriculture and goods at The Market, be sure to stop by the UnityPoint Health - Des Moines tent located at 3rd & Court to Celebrate John Stoddard Cancer Center Services this Saturday. With the right food and the right medical attention, you will be well on your way to living the healthy life you deserve.
We'll see you at The Market!