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This Farm is Environmentally Verified

You Ask, We Answer...

These are the most popular questions that we answer during the day at the market.  If you have a question that is not answered here, please let us know by e-mailing info@fruitridgefarmmarket.com.

If you have questions about the u-pick process, you might want to read our tips here.

What can I do with ___________?

From freezing to canning, to jams and pies, there are endless possibilities for how you can enjoy your fruit from the farm.  We have linked helpful recipes on some of our individual fruit pages [sweet cherries].  Clicking here will take you to a reference page at pickyourown.org which is an extensive resource.

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Is your produce grown organically?

While our farms are not organically certified, we are Environmentally Verified.  This means that we employ that latest conservation and stewardship practices available with the goal of minimal impact on our environment or produce.

"The Michigan Agriculture Environmental Assurance Program (MAEAP) is an innovative, proactive, and voluntary program that helps farms of all sizes and all commodities voluntarily prevent or minimize agricultural pollution risks." - from maeap.org

An example would be the Integrated Pest Management strategies that we employ.  Instead of spraying broad-spectrum pesticides to eliminate all of the bugs out there (good or bad), we monitor pest populations with selective traps.  Once an economic threshold has been observed, our licensed pesticide applicators will choose an organism specific solution to control the population.

You can see some photos of our IPM strategies in a Facebook album here.

You might be surprised to learn that traditional and organic farms use many of the same strategies to control pests.  You can learn more about Environmentally Verified farms here and here.

One final note - pesticides all have a restriction related to the Pre-Harvest Interval.  This is the amount of time that has been deteremined necessary to diminish most of the residue prior to harvest.  We strictly adhere to these limits to ensure the safety of our product.

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Where is the produce from?

All of our produce is from our farm and most of it is from the same location on Fruit Ridge Avenue.

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Fruit Ridge Farm Market & U-pick
9000 Fruit Ridge Avenue, Sparta, MI   49345
Phone: (616) 887-7013 | E-mail: info@fruitridgefarmmarket.com
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