3. Is Locally Grown the Same Thing as Organic?Most of the food you'll typically find at farmers' markets is locally grown, and not all locally grown food is necessarily organic. If something is organic, it means it was grown without using additives - like artificial chemicals, hormones, antibiotics, and genetically modified organisms. Additionally, the growing and production methods must comply with a set of standardized regulations put forth and enforced by the USDA. So, if you want to know that you're buying certified organic food, look for the USDA organic seal the next time you're browsing at your local farmers' market.
Generally, though, you'll find that many local farmers use organic growing practices. Since they're local, they're more likely to be invested in preserving their community and ensuring the longevity of their farm. So, they'll likely take extra care to use sustainable growing practices.