Organic Food West Des Moines IA

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Valley Junction Farmers Market
(515) 222-3642
100, 200 & 300 blocks on 5th Street
West Des Moines, IA
General Information
Covered : No
Open Year Round : No
Programs
WIC Accepted : Yes
SFMNP Accepted : Yes
SNAP Accepted : Yes
Hours
May-September Thursday, 4:00 p.m.- 8:00 p.m.
County
Polk

Drake Neighborhood Farmers Market
(515) 277-6951
First Christian Church, 25th & University
Des Moines, IA
General Information
Covered : No
Open Year Round : No
Programs
WIC Accepted : Yes
SFMNP Accepted : Yes
SNAP Accepted : Yes
Hours
June-September Wednesday, 4:00 p.m.-7:00 p.m.
County
Polk

L.T. Organic Farm
(515) 987-3561
Waukee, IA
Membership Organizations
Ecovian

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L.T. Organic CSA Farm ,Resturant ,Clinic & Institute of Preventive Medicine
(515) 987-3561
Waukee, IA
Membership Organizations
Ecovian

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Fox Fire Acres CSA
(515) 306-8130
Des Moines, IA
Membership Organizations
Ecovian

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West Glen Farmers Market
(515) 979-9927
Avenue of the Arts in West Glen Town Center; 5525 Mills Civic Parkway
West Des Moines, IA
General Information
Covered : No
Open Year Round : No
Programs
WIC Accepted : No
SFMNP Accepted : No
SNAP Accepted : No
Hours
May-September Saturday, 10:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.
County
Polk

Urbandale Farmers Market
(515) 278-5286 ext. 125
Living History Farms, 2600 111th Street Living History Farms, 2600 111th St
Urbandale, IA
General Information
Covered : No
Open Year Round : No
Programs
WIC Accepted : Yes
SFMNP Accepted : Yes
SNAP Accepted : Yes
Hours
June-October Monday, 4:00 p.m.-7:00 p.m.
County
Polk

Downtown Farmers Market
(515) 286-4928
Court Avenue & 4th Street
Des Moines, IA
General Information
Covered : No
Open Year Round : No
Programs
WIC Accepted : Yes
SFMNP Accepted : Yes
SNAP Accepted : Yes
Hours
May-October Saturday, 7:00 a.m.-12:00 noon
County
Polk

Waukee Farmers Market
(515) 987-1552
Triangle Park; 6th Street & Ashworth Drive
Waukee, IA
General Information
Covered : No
Open Year Round : No
Programs
WIC Accepted : Yes
SFMNP Accepted : Yes
SNAP Accepted : Yes
Hours
June-September Wednesday, 4:00 p.m.-7:00 p.m.
County
Dallas

Capitol Hill Farmers Market
(515) 262-4763
800 E. 12th Street
Des Moines, IA
General Information
Covered : No
Open Year Round : No
Programs
WIC Accepted : No
SFMNP Accepted : No
SNAP Accepted : No
Hours
June-September Tuesday, 4:30 p.m.- 6:30 p.m.
County
Polk

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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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