Standards of Quality

All of our produce at Ozark Natural Foods Cooperative is grown in accordance with the USDA & National Organic Program standards for Organics and is either Certified Organic or Certified Naturally Grown—we never carry conventionally grown produce. The staff of the Ozark Natural Foods Produce Department is committed to providing our owners and customers with the best selection of Certified Organic and Certified Naturally Grown produce and to sourcing as much of that produce from our region’s local farmers as possible.

Local Produce

We place the highest priority on purchasing local produce; we consider an item to be ‘local’ if it is grown within a one hundred mile radius from our store. When an item is available locally, we buy only the local product for as long as the harvest lasts. We work with each farmer to plan what items they will grow, how much our store will purchase, and what we will pay the farmer for the harvest. This information exchange allows the farmer to plan ahead for the next year giving them assurance that there is a market for their products. It also means that at Ozark Natural Foods Cooperative you can find the freshest in top quality, organic, local produce, year round sourced from 30+ local farms. Click here to view a calendar of local and non-local organic produce availability.

P6 Tour De Farms. Our annual tour of local farms, breweries, and coffee shops visits allows customers and staff to see up close and personal what our local farms and producers are like! This is a great chance to meet your farmer and find out where your local produce comes from. Keep your eyes peeled for information on our next Tour De Farms!

Annual P6 Appreciation Dinner. The Farmer’s Committee hosts an Annual P6 Appreciation Dinner to recognize and honor all the hard work and dedication of the local farmers and producers that are small, local, and/or cooperative and provide products through Ozark Natural Foods Cooperative.

Certified Organic & Certified Naturally Grown

All of our produce falls into one of three categories:

Certified Organic, Certified Naturally Grown, and small scale Organic.

Farms are shown listed under their respective designation in the list below.  Please feel free to click any of the farm names shown as links to see more information about them on their websites.

Certified Organic

Albert’s Organics
Growers Organics
High Mowing Seeds
Mycological Mushrooms

Local Certified Organic

Dripping Springs Garden
Dry Creek Refuge
Foothold Farm
Nancy’s Vineyard
SAS Greenhouse
Sweden Creek Farm
Sycamore Bend Farm
Three Springs Farm

herbCertified Naturally Grown

Ames Orchard & Nursery
Bean Mountain Farms
Cobblestone Project Farm
Freedom Road Farm
Honeysuckle Gardens
Lightner Farm
Ozark Alternatives
Ozark Herbal Creations
Rocky Comfort Natural Farm
Roots in Bloom
Rutherford Farm

Small Scale Organic

Apples Seeds Teaching FarmUchumon Garden
Bailey Farm
Bell Farm
Bogody Arias
D&D Farm
Funny Farm
Greendale Organics
Harmony Gardens
Herbothecary Gardens
Maran Properties LLC
Plentygood Produce
Post Familie Vineyards

Value Added Produce/Plant Vendors

Bur Oak Farm
Craig Family Farms
Kingston Lavender Garden
M & D Specialty Growers
Nitron Industries
Plants Alive
Ugly Bunny Garden

Non-Local Direct Providers

New South Co-op–Certified Organic & Certified Naturally Grown producer co-op

Certified Organic

Becoming Certified Organic means that the farm must meet all the criteria outlined by the National Organic Program, keep diligent records, and pass an annual inspection by a member from one of the USDA’s Accredited Certifying Agents (like Organ Tilth, CCOF, the Agricultural Department of the University of Oklahoma, or CERTIMEX). Currently there are 55 Accredited Certifying Agencies in the United States and 42 international Accredited Certifying Agencies. This also means that all produce grown in another country that bares the Certified Organic logo (above) is Certified Organic through a USDA Accredited Agency so that all the products meet our country’s standards for Organic.

Certified Naturally Grown

Certified Naturally Grown is a separate program whose criteria is exactly the same as the National Organic Programs in terms of allowed and prohibited substances but the cost is less, inspections are performed by other Certified Naturally Grown farmers, and inspection is still annual. This program was developed by Organic farmers and is designed for small, highly-diversified farms that follow all practices and standards for Organic including the lists for allowed and prohibited substances. To see the complete list of the USDA’s allowed and prohibited substances, standards, guidelines, the inspection forms, and history of the Certified Naturally Grown Program, please visit their website.

Cold-Pressed Juice & Prepared Produce

Each day we prepare fresh, raw, and unpasteurized juice with our 100% organic produce. Here is our product selection:

-Carrot Juice
-Carrot Celery Juice
-Orange Juice
-Apple Beet Carrot Juice
-Apple Pear Ginger Juice
-Apple Greens Lemon Juice (tastes like green lemonade!)
-Juice of the Day (different every day!)
-Ginger Shots
-Made-to-order fresh Wheatgrass Shots
-Super Shots [lemon, ginger, cayenne, garlic]
-Turmeric Shots [with pineapple]
-Tonic Shots [apple cider vinegar, garlic, horseradish, onion, chili peppers, ginger]

We also create rotating seasonal juices throughout the year like a Spicy Veggie juice, the Juicifer (oranges, beets, habaneros and ginger), and Pumpkin Pie Juice (apple, sweet potatoes, butternut squash, and cinnamon). We are happy to make additional quantities of the above-listed juices upon special request.

Special Orders & Suggestions

Any item that is available on our floor is available for special order! Just call or visit the Owner Services Desk to place an order. Special orders for case quantities of produce receive an additional 10% discount.

Also, any suggestions or product requests are most welcome and we do respond to every suggestion made. We are here to provide you with the highest quality organic produce with the friendliest customer service!

 

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