FAQ

 
How do I request VGO ?

The most effective way to request VGO is by filling out our request form and handing it to a store manager or you can mail it to their corporate office.

Download / Print Request Form pdf

Does VGO have an organic certification?

Yes, all our farms, 5,000 acres with more coming are certified organic. 

Why did you choose to be certified Organic?

The organic certification fit perfectly with our philosophy: mainly that farming practices should leave the soil, air, water, plant life, animals, and people healthier. Organic practices are site-specific, dealing mainly with strict regulations governing the use of chemicals.

Why should the consumer use organic frozen and not fresh?

As the grower/packer/shipper, we can:

  • Leave our products on the vine until the last possible moment, ensuring the highest possible nutrients and farm-fresh taste.
  • Freeze produce within hours of harvest, locking in the just-picked flavor.
  • Reduce or eliminate waste from food spoiling in stores, en route, or in your refrigerator.
Do VGO fruits and vegetables contain gluten?

No, none of our products contain gluten.

Do any of your products have additives?

No.  All are 100% heirloom vegetables, no additives or preservatives ever.

Are any of your products Genetically Modified?

No!  VGO is staunchly opposed to producing anything with genetically modified seed. We ban the use of GMOs.

Do I have to use the microwave to cook your product?

No. The steam in bag is state of the art packaging merely for your convenience.  You can also steam on stove, bake, broil, grill however you want to cook your organic delicious vegetables!

What is organic?

The USDA National Organic Program (NOP) defines organic as follows:
Organic food is produced by farmers who emphasize the use of renewable resources and the conservation of soil and water to enhance environmental quality for future generations. Organic meat, poultry, eggs, and dairy products come from animals that are given no antibiotics or growth hormones. Organic food is produced without using most conventional pesticides; fertilizers made with synthetic ingredients or sewage sludge; bioengineering; or ionizing radiation. Before a product can be labeled "organic," a Government-approved certifier inspects the farm where the food is grown to make sure the farmer is following all the rules necessary to meet USDA organic standards. Companies that handle or process organic food before it gets to your local supermarket or restaurant must be certified.

Why should you eat organic

Organic foods are produced without  the use of synthetic fertilizers, artificial pesticides, herbicides, antibiotics, growth hormones, feed additives or genetically modified organisms (GMOs). Eating organic ensures that you and your family are putting only wholesome and chemical free products in your body.

Does Organic Food Benefit the Environment?

Organic farming helps protect mother earth. Organic farming uses no chemicals that may affect many different species of birds, insects’ and animals. Organic farming does not pollute our soil and helps to prevent soil erosion which leads to better soil quality. Water pollution is becoming a bigger and bigger problem, organic farming does not pollute our well water, oceans, rivers and lakes. Unlike commercial growers who use many synthetic fertilizers, artificial pesticides, herbicides, antibiotics, growth hormones which can lead to poisoning wildlife and contaminating our water and soil.

What is Organic Farming?

Organic agriculture is an ecological production management system that promotes and enhances biodiversity, biological cycles and soil biological activity. It is based on minimal use of off-farm inputs and on management practices that restore, maintain and enhance ecological harmony (Source: USDA)

Why do you import food– don’t we already grow enough in the USA?

The Organic culture has changed; the organic segment has become international.  Domestically there is not enough inventory to satisfy the demand.  We do support the good Chinese farmers and producers that we work with. The food safety law changes in China over the past 5 years have been remarkable, and the world acknowledges that China’s food safety regulations have advanced more ground in a short amount of time than any other country at any other time in history. Anything sold in the United States as Organic regardless of what country it is grown is under the USDA standards and is certified as organic by independent recurring audits supervised by the USDA. And this is just the start. We cannot speak for every producer in China, but our facility is certified by Global Gap and BRC (British Retail Consortium). You can learn more about these standards on the net. Our BRC certification is recognized as the only certification in the World Food Safety Initiative which requires the facility to avail itself to “random and unannounced” inspection.

What about the American farmer?

Organic farming in the USA has quickly become dominated by large corporations. The 3 largest frozen organic “USA grown” suppliers in the IQF organic frozen vegetable segment are owned by Fortune 500 companies – their domestic products are not grown on small, local family farms. Further, these massive corporations all import at least some of their product offerings from overseas (which is printed right on their packaging). The United States cannot grow enough to meet the demand for organic frozen vegetables, garlic and ginger without imports.

Is VGO transparent about where the product comes from?

The Village Grown Organic product you may have purchased is labeled accurately. Our product is labeled with the country of origin from which the actual contents of the bag originated. You’ll note that we put country of origin in a VERY identifiable position on the package and in accordance with regulations. Yes, some companies do try to bury that information but we are proud of what we do and don’t hide it. We are heartened that our nationally distributed organic frozen vegetable line is pleasing Americans from coast to coast. We certainly understand and appreciate your concerns. A majority of American consumers prefer our product because it is economically priced, safe, healthy, tender, convenient, easy to prepare and attractively packaged. If local was the only thing we ate, our supermarket produce shelves would be empty for 9 months each year. And, if domestically grown was the only thing we ate, these same supermarket shelves would be nearly empty for 6 months each year. Above all of that, even during the most plentiful harvest seasons, the demand of Americans requires imported products as supplement to meet that demand.
 

 

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