OPN Connect Newsletter 269 · May 19, 2022

Top 5 Organic News to Help You Grow

1. Stemilt Reminds Consumers of Their Love of Apricots  

With good blooms, promotable volumes, and jumbo sizes, this year’s 100% certified organic apricot crop has the potential to be big. Stemilt’s Washington apricots are back mid-June through July with promotion windows from July 4 onwards.    Read More

2. PCC Community Markets Issues 2022 Organic Producer Grants

Organics Unlimited July 2022

PCC Community Markets (PCC), the largest community-owned food market in the US and one of Seattle’s original grocers, recently announced it awarded $25,000 in Organic Producer Grants to six small and midsized farms across Washington State. PCC’s 2022 Organic Producer Grants recipients are Clover Mountain Dairy (Chewelah), Alluvial Farms (Everson), Silva Family Farm (Oak Harbor), Royal Produce Farm (Royal City), Long Hearing Farm (Rockport), and Rent’s Due Ranch (Stanwood).    Read More

3. These Restaurants Thrive on Locally Sourced, Fresh Ingredients

In order to offer their patrons the freshest, tastiest, and healthiest menu items available, sustainable-conscious chefs are harvesting from their on-site gardens or turning to local growers as their main source of food supply. This practice of using locally sourced ingredients results in a three-pronged-win scenario for the chef, consumer, and local economy. Chefs receive the opportunity to incorporate the freshest foods into their recipes while also helping the local economy thrive, and consumers benefit by enjoying delectable meals that can only be experienced via foods that are produced locally.     Read More


Chelan Fresh July 2022

4. Organic Producers Lead Nation in Soil Health Practices

According to the the Organic Farming Research Foundation's 2022 National Organic Research Agenda (NORA), organic producers lead the nation in adoption of soil health and environmental stewardship practices. Such practices include cover cropping, crop rotations, and perennial conservation plantings.     Read More

5. Organic Import Apples and Pear Programs Underway

Both imported organic pears and organic apples have gotten a slightly later start this season. Import organic apples started for Bridges Organic Produce last week, with fruit coming from Argentina, New Zealand, and Chile.   Read More

Cal-Organic July 2022
Misionero July 2022

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