08 Nov Want to Learn More About Organic Fruits and Vegetables? Read On!
Here at Newport Avenue Market, we are committed to offering organic food options for a lot of reasons. For starters, several of our customers continually ask us to. Secondly, our produce team of expert, employee-owners have a deep background in organic foods and select only the best organic fruits and vegetables available.
Why Organic Fruits and Vegetables?
Some customers on the other hand ask us “What’s so great about organic fruits and vegetables, anyway?” Well, when it comes to making decisions about what’s best to put in our shopping baskets (and into our bodies) we look to the most basic and proven science.
Organic fruits, vegetables, and grains are grown without the use of most synthetic pesticides or artificial fertilizers. Plus, organic growing methods yield crops that are about half as likely to contain cadmium, a toxic heavy metal that accumulates in the body. Finally, organic farming protects water, soil, bees, and other helpful insects.
Let Our Employee Owners Help You Choose Organic Produce
Our team of produce experts will help you understand how organic produce compares to conventional produce. They are eager to help you use the best organic fruits and vegetables to make fabulous, healthy, and easy dishes at home.
Cooking at home is not only fun, and it saves time, money, and is typically better for you. And, if you want to learn more about organic fruits and vegetables, including prep and cooking ideas, let us help! The key is planning and knowing your organic produce options.
Get the Facts About Organics Fruits and Vegetables
On a budget and need to prioritize your organic produce purchases? Or curious about which type of produce has the highest pesticide residues, and which do not? The following guide from the nonprofit, non-partisan organization, Environmental Working Group, will help:
12 Least Contaminated
Sweet Corn (Frozen)
Sweet Peas (Frozen)
The “Dirty Dozen”
(The 12 Most Contaminated):
Sweet Bell Peppers
Our Organic Produce is Fresh, Sweet, and Colorful, Just Like Us!
Our organic greens, such as lettuces, Swiss chard, rainbow chard, Italian kale, collards, and mustard greens arrive at the market daily (except Sundays), so they’re always fresh.
Just peruse our colorful array of our rainbow carrots, broccolis, Easter egg radishes, beets, sweet red peppers, butternut, Danish and spaghetti squash, and sugar-pie pumpkins for baking.
Even Better Than Organic? Local and Organic!
Local and organic produce truly hits our sweet spot. It’s why we love offering Volcano Veggies’ salad greens and basil in our produce department. It’s as local as local gets, grown right here in Bend, year-round, by Jimmy and Shannon Sbarra. By the way, did you know Volcano Veggies is the only commercial aquaponic farm in Bend and one of the first certified organic indoor vertical aquaponic farms in the world?!
We love bringing you the bounty of small, organic, family farms in Oregon and the Northwest. We do our research on the growers, and we get to know them. Our friendly farmers are super selective about what they ship, and let the fruit mature on their trees longer, allowing the natural sugars to develop more. They also focus on crop rotation to keep soil healthy which yields high quality fruit and enhances flavor.
Some Top New Organic Produce Picks
Keeping things interesting is our style, so in our aisles you’ll find less common varieties of apples and pears grown in the Columbia Gorge. We get excited about heirloom apples, such as the Cox orange pippin, an award-winning, English dessert apple. It’s sweet-tart, crisp and aromatic flesh, great for enjoying with cheese or baking in pies. They’re also perfect to take to work for a snack or to toss in your backpack for your next outdoor adventure.
New This Year (and Just in Time for Thanksgiving)!
As you start to plan this year’s Thanksgiving menu (after you’ve ordered your Shelton All Natural Turkey by calling the store, 541-382-3940 or visiting our Meat Department), check out a new addition to our produce section: fresh, organic, Oregon-grown cranberries. Their perfect vitamin-packed features pair perfectly with savory dishes.
One favorite squash this season is the organic Delicata, it has a cylindrical shaped, with green and cream-colored stripes. More user-friendly than butternut, the skin is thin and delicate (hence the name), so you don’t have to peel it. Just scoop out the seeds, cut it in half lengthwise, slice it into 1/4-inch-thick slices, and sauté it in olive oil. Or, roast it with rosemary, butter, and maple syrup for a great side dish to pork or turkey. Plus, don’t forget, there’s always the pre-cut butternut squash that’s ready for your oven and to make home cooking a little easier!
Talk to Us!
We always want to know what’s on your mind. We can order just about any items you’d like, and we’re regularly introducing new and exciting stuff. For example, check out our pre-cut fruits and vegetables to make healthful snacking and cooking fast and easy.
It’s just another reason why we have been the No. 1 choice of foodies in Central Oregon. Our community has voted us “Best Grocery Store” in Central Oregon 18 years in a row in The Source Weekly’s annual poll.