It’s a common misconception that whatever is printed on a label is fact, but most often times, these labels contain buzz-words as a marketing tool. Just because something says it is organic, doesn’t mean it actually is.  

So, how do you know what is what? Well, you have to read the label. If something says that is gluten-free or vegan, double check the ingredients list to make sure. Tip: If a food item has ingredients that you have never heard of, can’t pronounce, or there is way too many of them, it likely isn’t very nutritious.  

Watch out for foods that claim to have no sugar. There could still be added sugar with honey, agave, or worse, high fructose corn syrup. Look at how many grams of sugar something has. Some foods do use ingredients with natural sugars, but if the number of grams is high, it probably means they added sugar.  

Next, you want to make sure something is truly organic. Foods that are officially and certifiably organic will contain green and white USDA Organic seal, which proves it has met the regulations for organic food. This can be trickier with produce. Look at the price look up number on the produce. Organic produce will have a five-digit number that starts with 9, while non-organic produce only has a four-digit number. Absolutely all of our produce at Wagner Farm Stand is organic, but if you are at a farmer’s market, as the vendor about their operation to get a better idea if they are true organic.   

Also, do you research. There are lots of websites that can vouch for brands of specific foods. At Farm Stand, we only use products that we believe are the best for our customers. We will never sell you something we wouldn’t want our own families to eat.  

So, the next time you are at the store, make sure to read all the labels to know for sure what you are putting into your body.