Naturally, Organically grown Fruits and Vegetables

You might have noticed the gorgeous organically grown fresh fruits and vegetables in store recently. No doubt, there are some pretty impressive farms out there, with beautiful, seasonal organic produce. However, we want you to know more and discover what is actually happening in our real food movement.  We think there might be more to discover…

We are doing everything in our power to supply you with a wide variety of organic, wholesome fruits and vegetable produce, sourced straight from our community of local farmers. Our mission is to not only provide you with the best nature has to offer, but to also support a ‘way of income’ to the small farmer as to better the economy, community and in the same breath, the environment.

 

Farming is a profession of Hope ~Brian Brett

Organically Grown Fruit

 

What is Organically Grown?

According to IFOAM – Organics International – Organic Agriculture is a production system that sustains the health of soils, ecosystems and people. 

‘Organic Agriculture relies on ecological processes, biodiversity and cycles adapted to local conditions, rather than the use of inputs with adverse effects.’

It combines tradition, innovation and science to benefit the shared environment and promote fair relationships and a good quality of life for all involved. Read more about cultivating change here. 

Organic Farming

An extra added benefit when going organic is that organic food actually tastes better and it’s better for your health. Take our tree ripened, organic mangoes for instance.  They taste so much better than any “ripen at home” produce. Riper fruit doesn’t just have more natural fruit sugars (carbs in the fruit flesh turn to sugar as it ripens, making it sweeter), but it has more antioxidants — those amazing substances that fight cancer and help our body repair itself, according to Studies from the University of Innsbruck

Organic Produce

 

Organic Agriculture prohibits the use of pesticides and chemicals, therefore the organic produce will likely produce a better crop, full of antioxidants and rich in nutrients. Read more about it here. 

We have the proof and research and is has not been disputed.

How does the Organic Certification process work?

For us to be able to supply these amazing, locally grown organic produce straight to our customers; from smallholder farmers in South Africa, – we joined the Bryanston Market PGS.

What is PGS?

Participatory Guarantee Systems (PGS) are locally focused organic assurance systems, that enables small scale farmer producers access to local market.

 

“The PGS certify producers based on the active participation of stakeholders and are built on a foundation of trust, social networks and knowledge exchange”. ~ IFOAM – Organics International.

If you claim to be an organic farmer, there are three accepted categories of acknowledgement to back you up.

First Party – I’m a customer that buys from your padstal, and I trust your claim that your produce is indeed grown organically. One on one, trust is built and as a customer, I don’t need any further motivation, or paperwork.

Second Party – Organic assurance between the small scale farmer, the local markets (like us) and the customer – the core of the PGS system.

Third Party – Want to export? An appointed organic certification agent comes around and audits all records, practices and internal control systems on your organic farm. This helps exporters to obtain an organic standard and certification. Expect loads of costly paper trails here…

IFOAM – Organics International is a global organisation that finds equivalence between all the organic standards around the world to facilitate international trade. These guys have been integral to the development of PGS worldwide in support of small scale farmer’s market access.

In 2014, IFOAM -Organics International held workshops with existing farmer and consumer organisations around the world who were working together in a participatory way. Through these workshops they identified the basic elements and key features that were common among all these groups and which form the basis of the Participatory Guarantee Systems. 

PGS Farm Visit

Simply put, PGS works when there is a shared vision and when there is a shared need. Farmers are looking for assurance for their customers and the customers have a need to know if the products are organic.

The bottom line is that small scale farmers can now attain their organic guarantee by following the principles of PGS and through participation in the vision and ethos that the PGS stands for.  The beauty is that farmers rate each other’s farms and share valuable best practices – so each farmer learns something from each farm visit. The taste, nutrient density and price should be far beyond expectation. This product needs to be put on our tables to nourish our souls at a great price. This is what we get so excited about. If you would like to get involved, feel free to contact Audrey Wainwright from the Bryanston Organic Market. 

 

In Conclusion

Organic agriculture IS growing rapidly on small farms. Customers will get a recently picked, fresh and nutrient dense product that may not cost the same as a conventional one, but at a similar price. We all, as farmers or as consumers, have a responsibility to not only learn, but share our knowledge and vision to achieve a truly holistic, sustainable and healthy future.

Our farms welcome you to visit them and come and learn even more. At least try some produce organically grown. Only by buying organic will you as consumers, support these farmers AND the real food movement which in return encourages more of the unemployed to farm organically. We see this as a no brainer purchase and it’s a social responsibility act on the consumer’s part. YOU uplift the community and create jobs in rural areas and support our country in its mission to fight poverty.

“It is our duty as South Africans to mobilise a nation that can move towards a sovereign food system that responsibly utilizes the land in best practice to regenerate and transform our economy, culture, farmlands and society”. ~ The South African Organic Sector Organisation

Recipe:  Fruit Carpaccio with Mango and Honey Sorbet

Fruit Carpaccio with Mango and Honey Sorbet

 

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