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CCOF Honors National Co+op Grocers with its First “Organic Champion” Award

Reposted from the National Co-op Grocer website.  California Certified Organic Farmers (CCOF), a nonprofit organization that provides organic certification, education, advocacy and promotion, last week honored National Co+op Grocers (NCG) with its first CCOF Foundation Organic Champion Award. NCG is the business services co-op for 148 retail food co-ops nationwide. CCOF presented the award at […] Read Post »


Got Grass?

Harvesting asparagus is one of the more labor-intensive jobs in agriculture with high production costs. In California, growers pay a fair share for labor, commanding a higher price for local grass. In Mexico, a laborer might make $5-8 a day making the cost of imported asparagus seem less. Asparagus was first planted in California in […] Read Post »


How Good is Your Shrink?

  Produce managers generally have a sense that there will always be some level of shrink. It used to be that a certain percentage of shrink was actually a byproduct of the “stack ‘em high and watch ‘em fly” strategy to reach sales goals so shrink was tolerated with a “good enough” syndrome. However, times […] Read Post »


Cauliflower 101

“A cauliflower is nothing but a cabbage with a college education.” – Mark Twain Cauliflower is a member of the cruciferous vegetable family, along with broccoli, cabbage, kale, brussels sprouts. The head is made up of tightly packed clusters of florets, known as the “curd”.  It is believed to have originated in Asia Minor and ancestry […] Read Post »