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Eating Organic In and Around Cumming

Eating organic is good for your health and it's good for the planet. But sometimes, it can be hard to find. Here's where to get the best organic foods in and around Cumming.

Did you know that eating conventional produce increases your risk of pesticide contamination by 30 percent?

And chowing down on non-organic chicken and pork increases your risk of exposure to antibiotic-resistant bacteria by 33 percent?  This is all according to a 2012 Annals of Internal Medicine report. 

If you're not already sold on the benefits of eating organic, consider this: organic foods may have more nutrients than their conventionally produced counterparts. Organic broccoli, for example, has higher levels of antioxidants and vitamin C than the traditionally produced variety, found a 2012 Journal of the Science of Food and Agriculture study.

There’s also evidence of more heart-healthy omega-3s in organic poultry and dairy.  

So eating organic is good for you and your family, but here's more: organic grub is good for Mother Earth.

Foods advertised as organic must be grown by farmers who aim to use renewable resources, and conserve the soil and water. These practices preserve the environment and help prevent the extinction of numerous animal species.

So, here are some of our favorite local organic hot spots.

The Cumming Harvest

  • The Cumming Harvest is a group of local farms and gardeners located around Cumming. Each grower farms his/her land using strict standards to ensure that everything produced is chemical-free.

Cane Creek Farm

  • Cane Creek Farm is a small market and educational farm located amidst the rapidly spreading subdivisions of western Forsyth County. They use sustainable practices to produce vegetables, berries, flowers and herbs. Chemical fertilizers and pesticides are not used.

Heirloom Gardens

  • They grow a large variety of heirloom tomatoes, various vegetables, salad greens, transplants and premium cut flowers without the use of any synthetic fertilizers or chemicals.

Hedgewood Hall Farm

  • They specialize in farm fresh eggs

Christina's Organic Vegetables

  • Family farm located in south Cumming growing only organic vegetables and melons.

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sharon March 18, 2013 at 05:20 PM
Not sure that Warbington Farms is organic......?
Liz Kennedy (Editor) March 18, 2013 at 06:10 PM
Hi Sharon, I have removed Warbington Farms for the time being until I hear back from them about their non-organic substance use. I understand no pesticides are used, but perhaps fungicides. Stay tuned for a follow up - Liz Kennedy, Editor, Cumming Patch

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