Frequently Asked Questions
Are your crops certified Organic?
No. When we started growing in 2014, all of the protocols we used qualified for the USDA Organic certification. Unfortunately, the rules changed in 2015 and continue to be in flux so while we don't use chemical pesticides, insecticides or other nasty chemicals and follow the 2014 USDA's organic protocols, the rules for certifying aquaponics & hydroponics still seems to be in debate. Our expansion plans include more tradition organic farming methods which we look forward to having certified organic. In the meantime, we will continue to grow healthy, delicious, chemical-free crops and provide them locally to fellow heath-concious individiuals and their families.
Why are your retail products branded under Southern Fresh Produce, are they grown different than your other crops?
Since we are not able to be certified organic yet, we market all retail products under Southern Fresh Produce to ensure no customers are misled. All Southern Fresh Produce retail products are the same top-notch quality as any of our other crops, and are always guarented to be fresh from the farm and free from pesticides, chemical fertilizers and GMOs.
Do you use any pesticides? How do you prevent pests from your crops?
No, we do not use any pesticides on our crops. We combat pests the natural way, by using good bugs! Our beneficial insects are sure to take care of any pests that manage to make it inside our climate-controlled and biosecure greenhouses.
How long will your lettuce and mixes last? Do I need to do anything special?
Thanks to our local footprint and focus on high-quality produce, our living lettuces will last for up to 3 weeks post-harvest in the refrigerator and our salad mixes will last for up to 2.5 weeks refrigerated. For whole-head lettuce, simply ensure root cube is moist to the touch. If dry, add just enough water to be absorbed and you will have fresh, healthy lettuce for weeks.
How long will your live basil last? How do I store it?
not refrigerate basil! It will turn black and go bad within a day or two. Instead, make sure the root-cube is submerged half-way with water and placed upright on a windowsill or similar surface. Basil stored this way will last 7-10 days, use as you need
Do I need to wash your produce?
Legally speaking, we are required to put the phrase "wash before use" on our packaging. That being said, our produce is grown without the use of pesticides or chemicals in biosecure, climate-controlled greenhouses before being thouroughly washed, cleaned, inspected and packaged. When buying our products, customers are provided with the healthiest and most natural produce available. But yes, one more washing is always a good habit
How often do you deliver your produce to stores?
We deliver our farm-fresh produce to our local retailers and restaurants up to 5 days a week, always ensuring that our produce is fresh and of the highest quality possible.
Is your produce fresh?
Absoloutly! Unless you have a greenhouse in your backyard, this is the freshest produce you can find. You can taste the difference in local crops harvested hours before delivery vs. days, weeks or even months before. Not only is the taste much better with fresh produce, but it is much healthier for you too. Have you ever wondered what type of chemicals get sprayed on conventional crops so they are able to survive the hundreds or thousands of miles journey across the country / globe before they get to your plate? ehh...we'll stick with local produce