fresh . local . organic
July 7, 2022
We are now closed for 2022.
Thank you. Thank you. Thank you for a wonderful season! We are so grateful for the support we have received over the past few weeks and throughout our journey as we have worked to restore the patch.
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About our berries:
For those of you new to Hobbit Hill Farm, our blueberries are USDA certified organic! They're ready to eat or freeze as soon as you pick them.
Thanks so much for supporting us to do what we love. See you at the patch!
What does "USDA certified organic" mean?
With so many terms out there, it can be hard to keep up! So, if you're wondering what it means that our blueberries are "USDA certified organic"...You don't need to feel shy about asking - we're happy to tell you!
1. USDA stands for the United States Department of Agriculture.
2. Many people don't realize that "organic" is about more than what we put (or don't put) on our berries! Here's a short description of what "organic" means:
"Organic is a labeling term that indicates that the food or other agricultural product has been produced through approved methods. The organic standards describe the specific requirements that must be verified by a USDA-accredited certifying agent before products can be labeled USDA organic. Overall, organic operations must demonstrate that they are protecting natural resources, conserving biodiversity, and using only approved substances." (A)
"The primary goal of organic agriculture is to optimize the health and productivity of interdependent communities of soil life, plants, animals and people.” (B)
Conclusion: "USDA certified organic" means that the United States Department of Agriculture has inspected (and continues to inspect) our farm to ensure that we're meeting organic standards and certifies that we are! You can even find us on the registry here to prove it! (just type in Hobbit Hill Farm)
We're proud to be a USDA certified organic operation! As we grow and encounter new opportunities and challenges each one is approached through the organic farming lens. We have learned so much through the ongoing certification process!
We like to say that our berries are beyond organic because, in addition to meeting the organic standards, we strive to go above and beyond to care for our plants, the land, and the ecosystem we are a part of.
A lot of time, thought, love, energy, and sweat goes into taking care of our blueberry plants AND the land we love. For us, it's worth it!