Is it all in a label?Labels are...confusing? Ambiguous? Misleading? Helpful? The answer depends on how much you know!
In an effort to help, National Geographic recently posted "An Eater's Guide to Food Labels."
Natural is not regulated or defined by the FDA, so the term can be applied freely to most processed foods or drinks. Meat, poultry, or eggs labeled “natural,” on the other hand, have to be natural.
Non-GMO or GE-free
If you care about whether your food contains genetically engineered ingredients, look to third-party certifications such as the Non-GMO project, buy USDA-certified “Organic,” or buy your groceries in Vermont starting this summer.
With a few exceptions, the agriculture department’s organic label means what it says.
Cage-free, free range, or free-roaming chickens/eggs
Look for the organic label, or GET TO KNOW a local egg farmer from your FARMERS MARKET.
Farm fresh or farm-to-fork
If you want “farm fresh” food, know your farmers market vendors. If someone is selling you pineapple in Maine in February and calling it farm fresh, ask questions.
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Our vendors for Wednesday, May 18th include:
Donnie's Garden Goodies
We're All Connected
Moffitt Maple Farm
Ohio City Pasta
Made Without Grain
Oink Moo Cluck
SaraBee Pure Honey
The Coffee Mess
Hirsch Fruit Farm
The Market Sharpener
Our Food Truck: The Cluckwagon
Our Community Table: Everdry Waterproofing
Dublin Farmers' Market at Oakland Nursery
4261 West Dublin Granville Road
Dublin, Ohio 43017
For more information, or questions related to any of our services, please contact us via email at firstname.lastname@example.org. See you at the market!