Organic Markets Tuscaloosa AL

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Tuscaloosa Farmers Market
(205) 758-7267
Intersection of Jack Warner Pkwy & Greensboro Ave.
Tuscaloosa, AL
General Information
Covered : Yes
Open Year Round : No
Programs
WIC Accepted : Yes
SFMNP Accepted : Yes
SNAP Accepted : No
Hours
July-August Thursday, 3:00 p.m. - until Saturday, 6:00 a.m. - until
County
Tuscaloosa

Snow's Bend Farm
(205) 394-3561
Coker, AL
Membership Organizations
Ecovian

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Leeds Farmers Market
(205) 541-8363
7901 Parkway Drive & 6th Street; By First Methodist Church
Leeds, AL
General Information
Covered : No
Open Year Round : No
Programs
WIC Accepted : Yes
SFMNP Accepted : Yes
SNAP Accepted : No
Hours
June 12- Friday, 3:00 p.m.- 6:00 p.m.
County
Jefferson

Randolph County Farmers Market
(334) 863-7938
Highway 431 South
Roanoke, AL
General Information
Covered : No
Open Year Round : No
Programs
WIC Accepted : No
SFMNP Accepted : Yes
SNAP Accepted : No
Hours
June- Saturday, 7:00 a.m. - 11:00 a.m.
County
Randolph

Younity Farm
(205) 902-4528
Athens, AL
Membership Organizations
Ecovian

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Homegrown Alabama Farmers Market
(205) 348-0418
812 5th Avenue; Canterbury Chapel
Tuscaloosa, AL
General Information
Covered : No
Open Year Round : No
Programs
WIC Accepted : No
SFMNP Accepted : Yes
SNAP Accepted : No
Hours
May 7- Thursday, 3:00 p.m. - 6:00 p.m.
County
Tuscaloosa

Fayette County Farmers Market
(205) 596-3904
650 McConnell Loop
Fayette, AL
General Information
Covered : No
Open Year Round : No
Programs
WIC Accepted : Yes
SFMNP Accepted : Yes
SNAP Accepted : No
Hours
June 3-November Tuesday, Thursday & Saturday Daylight -Uuntil
County
Fayette

Prattville Town Center Farmers Market
(205) 755-0636
Home Depot & Cobbs-Ford Rd.; 2710 Legends Pkwy.
Prattville, AL
General Information
Covered : No
Open Year Round : No
Programs
WIC Accepted : No
SFMNP Accepted : Yes
SNAP Accepted : No
Hours
June 16- Tuesday, 3:00 p.m.- 6:00 p.m.
County
Autaga

Rusl "N" Doves Farm
(256) 659-1315
Geraldine, AL
Membership Organizations
Ecovian

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Market in the Park
(251) 208-7443
Mobile Museum of Art
Mobile, AL
General Information
Covered : No
Open Year Round : No
Programs
WIC Accepted : Yes
SFMNP Accepted : Yes
SNAP Accepted : No
Hours
October 6-November 17 Thursday, 3:00 p.m. - 6:00 p.m.
County
Mobile

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Defining Organic

From farm to home, many critical factors weigh on that increasingly important term.

March 2010

By Linda Melone

The term “organic” conjures up visions of pastoral farms and sun-kissed fruits and vegetables grown by caring farmers. For many, this ideal makes it easier to drive an hour to the nearest health-conscious market. But how much of that vision is fiction versus reality? Is natural beef as good as organic? What’s behind the USDA Organic label? These questions are becoming more relevant as a growing number of people make organic products their mainstay.

Behind the Organic Label

The sales growth of organic foods tops that of all other food and beverage sales. US sales of organic food and beverages comprised roughly 2.8% of all food sales in 2006 at $17.7 billion, according to the Organic Trade Association, up 21% from 2005. Organic non-food sales, such as textiles, personal care products, toys and pet foods, grew 26% in 2006. More availability of organic products and greater consumer awareness has driven these increases.

Within the past 30 years organic has grown from a small-farm movement to a major industry in which organic foods and products can be found on the shelves of major retailers. “Organic is becoming much more sophisticated,” says Carl Winter, PhD, on the faculty at the University of California Davis’ Foodsafe Program. “But this greater demand also means that organic food is not necessarily local anymore.”

Producing a product good enough to earn the USDA Organic label isn’t easy. Farmers and growers must meet strict government standards. In 1990 Congress passed the Organic Foods Production Act (OFPA), which required the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) to develop national standards for organically produced products. The OFPA and the National Organic Program regulations require farms or handling operations to be certified by a state or private entity accredited by the USDA.

“Organic products cost more money to produce and yields are not as high,” says Winter. “Organic farms must be open to yearly inspections. It’s difficult because you can have all the right ideas and use state-of-the-art organic practices, but if you cannot stay economically viable, you’re not going to manage.”

Government regulations determine ways in which agricultural products are grown and processed. Organic production requires a system of farming that excludes toxic pesticides and fertilizers to maintain and replenish the soil. Genetic engineering, cloning, irradiation and sewage sludge are prohibited.

“Generally, a farmer has to shun traditional technology,” says Mark A. Kastel, co-director and senior farm policy analyst for the Wisconsin-based Cornucopia Institute ( www.cornucopia. org ), an independent watchdog organization that monitors and promotes ecologically produced local and organic food. Produce must be grown on ground that has been free of pesticides and chemical fertilizers for at least thr...

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