Frequently Asked Questions
Are your products BPA-Free?
We began incorporating the BPA-Free liners back in July 2011. We really had to push the industry to change. We are now proud to say that the BPA Free lined cans are now standard for the entire Farmer’s Market line. However, we only just started printing them with the BPA Free label. The reason for the delay was due to government regulation.
Is the Organic Pumpkin in the box BPA-Free too?
Yes! We included the new recart (box) packaging because of its BPA-Free properties.
Are you going to stop carrying cans and transition to the box?
No. We are going to continue to offer both packages.
Why does the pumpkin consistency differ from year to year?
At Farmer’s Market, we ban GMOs or genetically modified organisms and stay true to our organic practices. Growing and cultivating pumpkins is like creating a fine wine. It’s an art and a science. We rely on Mother Nature to perfect our pumpkins. Every year, she behaves a little differently. Factors like rainfall, temperature changes, soil quality, and wind can influence the way a pumpkin develops. Although it may be a little different from season to season, it will still have the same great flavor and health properties.
If you have a particularly dense can of pumpkin try blending a tablespoon or two of water in to achieve the desired consistency.
Can I use the product after the best by date?
We cannot recommend consumption past “Best By”, “Exp Date” or “Use By” for quality reasons.
How long can I store the product for after I’ve opened the can/box?
We recommend that you store the product in an airtight container and consume it within 3 days.
Do any of your products have additives?
We are a family farm. As parents, we believe in CLEAN LABELS. We want our delicious purees to speak for themselves. Simply put, we have only one ingredient in our labels except for the special blend in the Pumpkin Pie Spice Mix.
Do Farmer’s Market Foods contain gluten?
No, none of our products contain gluten. We swab equipment to test for gluten contamination to be sure that there is no cross contamination taking place.
What about other allergens, such as eggs, dairy, fish, shellfish, peanuts, tree nuts, and soy?
At Farmer’s Market, we understand the seriousness of food allergies – they can be life threatening. We are pleased to be able to provide the marketplace with products that are completely clean and true to their label – 100% pure and natural. Our strict processing procedures have given us honors as “Food Processor of the Year” in the State of Oregon. Simply put: no allergen contamination here.
Are any of your products Genetically Modified?
Farmer’s Market Foods is staunchly opposed to producing anything with genetically modified seed. We ban the use of GMOs and verify our products as NON GMO through the NON GMO Project.
Where can I find your products?
Look for the store locator feature on our website: http://www.farmersmarketfoods.com/about-us/store-locator/ and type in your zipcode to find the closest store near you. You can also order online through Amazon.com.
Why are your products canned not fresh?
As the farmer and processor, we can:
• Leave our products on the vine until the last possible moment, ensuring the highest possible nutrients and farm-fresh taste.
• Puree the products within hours of harvest, locking in the just-picked flavor.
• Reduce or eliminate waste from food spoiling in stores, en route, or in your refrigerator.
What is certified organic?
Organic refers not only to the food itself, but also to how it is produced. Organic food production is based on a system of farming that mimics natural ecosystems and maintains and replenishes the fertility of the soil. Organic foods are produced without the use of synthetic chemical pesticides and fertilizers. Organic foods are minimally processed to maintain the integrity of the food without artificial preservatives or irradiation. Organic foods are not genetically engineered.
What does the certification mean?
All Farmer’s Market products are Certified Organic by Oregon Tilth Certified Organic and carry the USDA Organic Seal. “Certified” means that the food has been grown and handled according to strict organic standards which are enforced by independent third-party state or private organizations. Certification includes inspections of farm fields and processing facilities, detailed record keeping and periodic testing of soil, water and produce to ensure that growers and processors are meeting the standards of the USDA National Organic Program.
Organic Farming Information provided by Oregon Tilth.
What is a closed loop cycle?
A closed-loop cycle means that we use everything and have very little waste.
• We farm using environmentally friendly practices and embrace technology.
• Produce is harvested and brought to our on-farm processor where it is pureed within hours and ready to be gingerly placed in the BPA-Free lined cans.
• All of the agricultural waste that we cannot use, like corn husks and cobs, is taken to our on-farm biogas plant and broken down to create methane for green electricity and heat.
• The fertilizer leftover from the process is then spread back into the fields. It keeps our plants and soil happy and healthy.
I’d like to carry your products in my retail store, how do I go about doing this?
Please e-mail us at firstname.lastname@example.org with the subject line “Retail Inquiry.”
I’d like to buy your products as bulk ingredients for my food manufacturing company, how do I go about doing this?
Please e-mail us at email@example.com with the subject line “Ingredients Inquiry.”