Organic Food Mason City IA

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Mason Market
(641) 494-0003
Parking lot west of City Hall, 10 1st St NW
Mason City, IA
General Information
Covered : No
Open Year Round : No
Programs
WIC Accepted : No
SFMNP Accepted : No
SNAP Accepted : No
Hours
June-September Saturday, 8:00 a.m. - 11:00 a.m.
County
Cerro Gordo

Bolan Farmers Market
(641) 748-2204
In front of Bolan School House; 4208 Tulip
Bolan, IA
General Information
Covered : No
Open Year Round : No
Programs
WIC Accepted : No
SFMNP Accepted : No
SNAP Accepted : No
Hours
May-October Thursday, 4:30 p.m.-5:30 p.m.
County
Worth

Garner Farmers Market
(641) 923-2131
755 W. 3rd Street; City Park
Garner, IA
General Information
Covered : No
Open Year Round : No
Programs
WIC Accepted : No
SFMNP Accepted : No
SNAP Accepted : No
Hours
May-October Saturday, 10:00 a.m.-1:00 p.m.
County
Hancock

Grundy Farmers Market
(319) 404-8697
On 7th Street, East of Courthouse
Grundy Center, IA
General Information
Covered : Yes
Open Year Round : No
Programs
WIC Accepted : Yes
SFMNP Accepted : Yes
SNAP Accepted : Yes
Hours
June-September Thursday, 4:30 p.m.-6:30 p.m.
County
Grundy

Oelwein Farmers Market
(319) 636-9122
South parking lot by Log Cabin Park
Oelwein, IA
General Information
Covered : No
Open Year Round : No
Programs
WIC Accepted : Yes
SFMNP Accepted : Yes
SNAP Accepted : Yes
Hours
May-October Monday, 3:00 p.m.-6:00 p.m. Friday, 8:00 a.m.-11:00 a.m.
County
Fayette

Clear Lake Farmers Market
(641) 567-3804
City Hall parking lot, 15 N 6th Street
Clear Lake, IA
General Information
Covered : No
Open Year Round : No
Programs
WIC Accepted : Yes
SFMNP Accepted : Yes
SNAP Accepted : Yes
Hours
June-October Saturday, 9:00 a.m.-11:30 a.m.
County
Cerro Gordo

Rudd Farmers Market
(641) 395-2327
City Park by the Library
Rudd, IA
General Information
Covered : No
Open Year Round : No
Programs
WIC Accepted : No
SFMNP Accepted : No
SNAP Accepted : No
Hours
May-October Saturday, 9:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m.
County
Floyd

American Natural Soy
(712) 225-3500
1510 S 2nd St
Cherokee, IA

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Ottumwa Farmers Market
(641) 777-6437
Quincy Place Mall, 1110 Quincy Ave.; Corner of Quincy Ave & Hwy 34 W
Ottumwa, IA
General Information
Covered : No
Open Year Round : No
Programs
WIC Accepted : Yes
SFMNP Accepted : Yes
SNAP Accepted : Yes
Hours
May-October Wednesday, 3:30 p.m.-6:30 p.m. Saturday, 8:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m.
County
Wapello

Picket Fence Farm
(641) 891-9047
Knoxville, IA
Membership Organizations
Ecovian

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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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