Organic Food Billings MT

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Yellowstone Valley Farmers Market
(406) 855-1299
Heart of N. 29th & 2nd Ave. N.
Billings, MT
General Information
Covered : No
Open Year Round : No
Programs
WIC Accepted : Yes
SFMNP Accepted : No
SNAP Accepted : No
Hours
July 18-October 3 Saturdays, 8:30 a.m. to 12 p.m. noon
County
Yellowstone

Good Earth Market
(406) 259-2622
3024 2nd Ave. No.
Billings, MT
 
Thompson Falls Market
(406) 827-3559
West Lot of the Falls Motel, Lincoln Street & Maiden Lane; 1/2 block off Hw
Thompson Falls, MT
General Information
Covered : No
Open Year Round : No
Programs
WIC Accepted : No
SFMNP Accepted : No
SNAP Accepted : No
Hours
July-September Second Wednesday, 4:30 p.m. - 7:30 p.m.
County
Sanders

Nashua Lion Farmers Market
(406) 785-4731
Lions Park by Civic Center Nashua
Nashua, MT
General Information
Covered : No
Open Year Round : No
Programs
WIC Accepted : No
SFMNP Accepted : No
SNAP Accepted : No
Hours
July 14-September 22 Tuesday, 5 p.m.- 6:30 p.m.
County
Valley

Whitefish Downtown Farmers Market
406.862.2043 or 406.871.9744
Central and Railway
Whitefish, MT
General Information
Covered : No
Open Year Round : No
Programs
WIC Accepted : No
SFMNP Accepted : No
SNAP Accepted : No
Hours
May 26-September 29 Tuesday, 5:00 p.m.- 7:30 p.m.
County
Flathead

Laurel Chamber of Commerce Farmers Market
(406) 628-8105
Firemens' Memorial Park, corner of West 1st St and 2nd Ave
Laurel, MT
General Information
Covered : No
Open Year Round : No
Programs
WIC Accepted : No
SFMNP Accepted : No
SNAP Accepted : No
Hours
July 9-September Wednesday, 4:00 p.m.- dusk
County
Yellowstone

Montana Harvest
(406) 252-6969
1710 Grand Ave.
Billings, MT
 
Polson Farmers Market
(406) 883-3595
1102 4th Ave. East; Masonic Temple parking lot
Polson, MT
General Information
Covered : No
Open Year Round : No
Programs
WIC Accepted : No
SFMNP Accepted : No
SNAP Accepted : No
Hours
Mid-May-Mid-October Friday, 9:00 a.m.- 1:00 p.m.
County
Lake

Hamilton Farmers Market Cooperative
(406) 961-0004
S 3rd and Beford in Hamilton
Hamilton, MT
General Information
Covered : No
Open Year Round : No
Programs
WIC Accepted : Yes
SFMNP Accepted : Yes
SNAP Accepted : No
Hours
First weekend in May-First weekend in October Saturday, 9:00 a.m.-12:30 p.m.
County
Ravalli

Clark Fork River Market
(406) 396-0593
Downtown Missoula, under the Higgins Bridge, near Clark Fork River and the
Missoula, MT
General Information
Covered : No
Open Year Round : No
Programs
WIC Accepted : Yes
SFMNP Accepted : Yes
SNAP Accepted : Yes
Hours
May 2-October 17 Saturday, 8 a.m. - 1 p.m.
County
Missoula

The Organic Food Value Debate

Written by Jeff Behar, MS, MBA   

More and more people are reaching to organic food believing that by eating organic food that they are doing their bodies goorganic foodod. But is eating organic really improving your health?  According to information from a new stud conducted in Toronto and appearing in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition, there is no data supporting the notion that organic foods are any healthier or more beneficial than regular, non organic conventional foods.

About Organic Foods

Organic food refers to food items that are produced, manufactured and handled using organic means defined by certifying bodies such as the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) under its Organic Food Products Act. As of April 2008, organic food accounts for 1-2% of food sales worldwide.

Organic Food Regulations

Organic food production is a heavily regulated industry. Currently, the United States, Canada, Japan, the European U

nion (EU) and many other countries require organic producers to obtain special certification in order to market food as "organic". While the use of conventional non-organic pesticides, insecticides and herbicides is greatly restricted and only used as a last resort. However, what many people do NOT realize is certain non-organic fertilizers are still used. Most certifications also allow some chemical pesticides to also be used when producing organic foods. This means that there can still be several sources of chemicals used in the growing and management of "organic" food from production to market.

Is Organic Worth the Money?

Constant debates occur over whether it is beneficial in any way to buy some produce organically.There are several studies that suggest buying organic is NOT worth the money.

According to the Environmental Working Group, a nonprofit organization that advocates for policies that protect global and individual health, the following twelve foods have the lowest pesticide load when conventionally grown. Consequently, they are the safest conventionally grown crops to consume and buying organic here may not provide any real val;ue for your money:

  • Asparagus
  • Avocados
  • Bananas
  • Broccoli 
  • Cabbage
  • Eggplant
  • Kiwi
  • Mangos
  • Onions
  • Pineapples 
  • Sweet corn (frozen)
  • Sweet peas (frozen)

The following are some of the "dirtier" foods, when it comes to chemical contamination from fert...

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