Produce To qualify as organic, produce must come from plants grown in soil that has no chemical fertilizers, pesticides, and herbicides. They also cannot have been treated with synthetic hormones. Organic crops ripen naturally; their ripening time is not artificially slowed down through irradiation. Meats For organic meats, farmers and ranchers raise animals with certified organic feed (no antibiotics, synthetic fertilizers or pesticides, genetically engineered grains, or animal by-products), with no added growth hormones, and with access to the outdoors. Grocery Nonperishable organic products, such as canned goods, baking ingredients, and other packaged goods, line the grocery shelves. If a product contains at least 95 percent USDA- certified agricultural organic ingredients, it qualifies for the USDA Organic seal. Personal Care In order to be certified organic, personal care products such as soaps and lotions must contain agricultural ingredients that are certified organic based on USDA standards. Dairy For organic dairy products such as milk, cheese, and yogurt, farmers follow the strict production guidelines of the USDA’s National Organic Standards. They do not use antibiotics, synthetic hormones, pesticides, or GMOs (genetically modified organisms). Find organic wines in our Beer and Hops Department. Z freshthyme.com | March/April 2018 29 028-029 Organic.indd 29 2/12/18 12:53 PM