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Old 08-29-2008, 12:24 PM
 
Location: WA
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A lot of smaller farms can't afford to get the USDA certification, so can't really call their produce organic, even if they don't use pesticides. Some small farms go way beyond the USDA guidelines, but there is no label they can use to tell consumers this. This is why I like to buy at farmer's markets: you can talk to the farmers directly and ask about whatever matters to you most.

Also, our area has an annual farm tour, so you can actually visit the farms and see how they are run. Its a really great idea.
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