What organic means to Blush Lane

What's coming at the Blush Lane Organic Orchard in Keremeos?At Blush Lane, we don’t just sell organic produce and products. We grow organic produce ourselves. Whether at our organic orchard in British Columbia or at our markets in Calgary and Edmonton, Blush Lane’s knowledgable staff can help you find the best organic produce available.

What does organic mean?

The term “organic” is complex – it not only describes the agricultural method, but it is also describes the food created.

A simple definition of organic is growing in harmony with the environment. Farmers work with land, water, air and native plants and animals to produce food, using methods that make sure the farm will sustain over endless seasons. Organic products – from produce to dairy to meat – are the end result of organic farming.

Organic farms only use natural inputs (from seeds to soil to fertilizer) to grow food. There are no chemical pesticides, fertilizers, herbicides, dyes or waxes. There are no genetically modified varieties used, and all organic food is not irradiated.

With a wide diversity of climates, soil types and local ecosystems, organic farming practices differ around the world. One organic technique to control pests in the Alberta prairies will likely not be useful in inner-British Columbia. Farmers have to be aware of the intricacies of their land and local ecology to be successful.

What does Organic mean?

Working at the Orchard

Working at the Blush Lane Organic Orchard

The word “Organic” (with a capital “O”) refers to the regulation and certification of organic food. Compared to other food terms like “natural,” “local” and “free-range,” Organic means the food is guaranteed to be organic according to government definitions.

All of Blush Lane produce is Certified Organic. That means our orchard and farming practices meet the Canadian Organic Standard regulations and we are certified to show the Canada Organic label. Certification is not an easy task – it requires regular inspections (sometimes surprise) and keeping up-to-date with the current standards.

As the growers of organic produce, we know the unique challenges of maintaining an organic farm. And we know the immense benefits of choosing to eat organic. Come visit our Calgary or Edmonton markets to try our organic produce today!

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