Harvest Farms Organic? Who are they?
Deborah

Seneca, SC

#86 Sep 8, 2012
Thank you for this thread! I also had wondered about the Harvest Farms brand, suspecting because of the cost that they might be like Horizon and not truly organic. The lack of visibility and contact issues make sense once you learn that it is a store brand. I like Ingles in general and I hope they will go further with transparency particularly, as someone pointed out, in case of an issue with the product where going through the store is too slow.

I agree with the people who urge using local farmers you know because there are plenty of farmers who spray, etc. and don't aim for "natural" or "organic" and others who are doing wonderful things. While I agree that growing your own is best and I keep trying new foods each season and learning each time, I would starve if I had to depend on growing my own.

I give the Harvest Farms products a vetting rather than trusting (as I do with, for example, Stonyfield) that their stuff is genuine, but it's good to know that some of the products could really be good quality food at a good price. Again, thanks to you all.
shhhhhhhhh

Maiden, NC

#87 Oct 4, 2012
far too many over protective momies in this world i think
Kerry

Greer, SC

#88 Oct 21, 2012
I have been eating Harvest Farms Organic Brown rice for about a year now and enjoy the taste. I am concerned about the recent articles about arsenic in rice products. This seems to affect rice grown here in the USA, and mostly in the southern region of the country. So I have been trying to find out where the rice is grown so I will know if I have to be concerned about arsenic poisoning. I have checked the bag and no information is listed.

Leah McGrath, can you help me with my question?
Happy Halloween

Allentown, PA

#89 Oct 21, 2012
Arsenic in brown rice? It's getting so disturbing to hear about tainted foods lately. Perhaps this has been going on longer than we've all realized. How can this be happening? Makes you wonder about certain kinds of illnesses, cancers and autism that have plagued so many. Maybe nothing is really safe anymore. Now I'm afraid for the future. Will only the very elite of our society soon be the only ones to have access to healthy wholesome untainted food in the near future while average folks are subjected to the rest? Monsanto had an agenda for years, and that was to change food as it used to be. More production and profits, but food that is not healthy and acts like a pesticide in our systems, risking our health.
Frances Hill

Waynesville, NC

#90 Dec 21, 2012
Leah McGrath - Ingles wrote:
Please remember tha "local" and "organic" are not synonymous. What is "local" to you? Is it 100 miles or within a region? Your local farmer may not be using organic methods and may be using pesticides. I agree with trying to support local whenever possible but this is limited by season and weather issues...
I cannot drink Harvest Brand milk as it always tastes spoiled. My husband purchased some for me yesterday, and I cautiously drank some with my sandwich, even though I had to pour most of it out. Within 15 minutes I had an upset stomach. I am taking it (once more) back to Ingles for a refund. No more!
CEH

Vonore, TN

#91 Jan 23, 2013
Leah McGrath - Ingles wrote:
Sorry that so many of you feel there is a big mystery about Harvest Farms. It is just our private label of certified organic products. Many supermarkets are doing the same thing, i.e. sourcing certified organic from different manufacturers in the same way they source conventional products and then put their own label on them so they are private label products (like Laura Lynn for Ingles). We've had a lot of success with most of our HF products and people like them and appreciate the fact that they are cheaper than brand name certified organic. Feel free to call me directly if I can be of any help.
The reason the organic community is so suspect is because USDA certified Organic does not mean that the animals are being treated right. For instance, it turns out that Dean Foods owns a lot of the companies (Horizon) and the Walmart Brand and they feed their cows blood and parts of other animals. No hormones, no pesticides, but the animals are traumatized when slaughtered (stress hormones) and their diets are less than organic. You have to realize that this is an educated consumer and that we just don't go blindly by labels. When it's difficult to find out the source, there is automatic suspicion - so you might want to factor that into your labels so the blogging can turn positive if warranted. Thanks. C Hodgin
Jeannie

Greer, SC

#92 Jan 24, 2013
Leah McGrath - Ingles wrote:
Please remember tha "local" and "organic" are not synonymous. What is "local" to you? Is it 100 miles or within a region? Your local farmer may not be using organic methods and may be using pesticides. I agree with trying to support local whenever possible but this is limited by season and weather issues...
No, local and organic are not synonymous. Many local growers don't choose to pay for organic certification but do grow organically. You have the benefit of talking with them or even visiting their farms. And local is as close to you as you decide to make it, but 100 miles is the convention. Season only "limits" you to eating in season.
I would like some confirmation that harvest farms beef cattle are NOT fed any GMO grains. "Natural" and organic are also not synonymous.
Jeannie

Greer, SC

#93 Jan 24, 2013
Brian Hildebran wrote:
Corn-fed beef the last 120 days from what I've read is not good for the beef though it may make it taste better. Grass-fed and finished beef has a higher omega-3 fatty acid level than corn-fed/grain finished beef. If the cattle are fed corn/grains more than 30 days before slaughter the Omega-3 fats turn to the less healthy Omega-6 fats. Omega 3 and 6 are needed in out diets but Omega-6 is only needed in very low amounts. I don't eat more than 8 oz of meat a day, and beef maybe 2 -3 times max per week. I do buy the Harvest Farms brand and will continue to do so unless I see information that would turn me off of it. My new situation of having access to growing my own foods and even farming cattle will eventually limit my Harvest Farms purchasing.
And if the meat is labeled natural rather than organic you can bet every penny you have that the grains they were finished off with were sourced from GMO feed. If you eat that little meat (I eat even less) you can afford to buy real grass fed organic meat. Which cannot be fed GMOs.
Gabriela Mendez

Marion, NC

#94 Apr 10, 2013
I have purchased organic brown rice labeled as Harvest Farms Organic, I cannot find the source of the rice and I'm very concerned due to latest news about arsenic in rice, mostly the one coming from Southern US. Any information you have will be appreciated. To think that I fed my baby with rice cereal that contains arsenic made me sick...
Taylor

United States

#95 Jun 15, 2013
Judi wrote:
<quoted text>I looked at each of these and not one was Harvest brand. Please get on the same page.
@Judi and others
Those websites are just the suppliers. Ingles puts their own Harvest Farm label on the product AFTER it has been recieved and then they ship it to the store...Harvest Farm is not actually a farm it is only a brand. They do not grow/raise their products, think of it simply as a packaging/distribution company. i do not know how they get away with this but from what ive seen. you will never get %100 organic from any super market. i do not claim to have all the answers but its starting to bug me that nobody is reading the whole thread and are posting the same thing over and over. You can not expect your shopping to be a "one stop shop" if your serious about your health and organics. From my experience most organic labels are total BS. If you want 100% true organic products then sacrafices must be made and you have to be entirely dedicated as well as determined. We cant put a price on our or our childrens health. Our health is much more valuable than paper money or rare rocks. have a great day and good luck!
amd

Brevard, NC

#96 Jul 8, 2013
I am a big proponent of knowing your farmer, sourcing from small family farms, and buying local. Having said that, when I am completely out of dairy & have needed a quick answer (we drive 45 mins to get good milk), we have purchased Harvest Farms. I can't say I am into supporting them, but I did check out their rating for their dairy from Cornucopia Institute, and it gets a darn good rating (even higher than the private label from the natural foods store here). Makes me feel much better about it- it rates up there with some great brands!

http://www.cornucopia.org/dairysurvey/FarmID_...
Organic Only Please

Dalton, GA

#98 Aug 7, 2013
Mary wrote:
We were told by an employee of Ingle's corporate office (that you can phone by calling the phone number on the bottom of your sales receipts) to check this website for information on their Harvest Farms beef to check if it is grass-fed or not. http://www.naturesourcebeef.com/OurStory.aspx It is organic and they are fed grass and grains, and they do feed the cattle corn for the last weeks according to this website. Read the website for more information. Hope this helps.
"they do feed the cattle corn for the last weeks according to this website."

Well, that's a scary thing to learn. I don't think there's one ear of corn left on this planet, that isn't GMO 'infected'. I have spent a LOT of money on Harvest Farms beef. They won't get another cent from me.
Anne

Blairsville, GA

#99 Aug 30, 2013
I as wondering if the cans that Harvest Farms uses for their vegetables was BPA free. It is not indicated on the can, which leads me to believe it is not. I did find a contact number 1-877-799-9954. I guess I will have to give them a call, unless anyone else out there may know.
Pattie

Asheville, NC

#100 Nov 24, 2013
Leah McGrath - Ingles wrote:
Sorry that so many of you feel there is a big mystery about Harvest Farms. It is just our private label of certified organic products. Many supermarkets are doing the same thing, i.e. sourcing certified organic from different manufacturers in the same way they source conventional products and then put their own label on them so they are private label products (like Laura Lynn for Ingles). We've had a lot of success with most of our HF products and people like them and appreciate the fact that they are cheaper than brand name certified organic. Feel free to call me directly if I can be of any help.
I found a DEAD GRASSHOPPER today in the salad I made for lunch. I used the 50/50 Blend from Harvest Farms for the salad greens. Not happy about this at all. I'll be returning the product to my local Ingles, but I definitely feel like this should be called to someone's attention.
restorationgirl

Hendersonville, NC

#103 Dec 23, 2013
Bunny wrote:
I noted that the Harvest farm beef is vegetarian Fed. I want to know if the Beef is Grass Fed. This is extremely important for cardiovascular health. Vegetarian fed sounds a bit loose to me.
Vegetarian fed means they have not crushed up cow bones or meat (that is totally unnatural for a cow to eat in God's creation) and put it into their food - this started in the 90's I believe. If it was Pasture fed they'd say that and most farms finish with grain even if they are pastured. You might ant to go to Eat Wild website & search for local small farms in your area. Some farms are getting into Heritage breeds, looking more into trying to obtain non-GMO feed even though it's next to impossible thanks to Monsanto. For more info on GMO which you don't want to consume and I'd don't want my livestock to consume - see the Institute For Responsible Technology website. Jeffrey Smith is one of the smartest people in regards to GMO's and their impact on health. Just because something is organic (no man made pesticides sprayed) does NOT mean the seed started on NON-GMO. Just be aware of that on your quest or the best health. Also the ingredients I have vowed I will never eat again even though they are natural and in a lot of grocery store items and health food stores is annato, carrageenan (Cornucopia Institute list of some products with carrageenan in them), and MSG and all the hidden names MSG is under like pasteurization, Spices without an asterisk & the actual spices listed afterwards in parenthesis, Natural Flavors (which could be any one of these three things), lecithin, soy protein, etc. Love it that you are wondering about your food! We all need to get educated. My health is suffering badly because I 'trusted' the health food store & the companies who make natural foods. It is all about big business & you knowing what ingredients really are is what's going to protect you. By the way I would stay as far away from soy as possible also. Do some research online and you'll be surprised! Take care!
Alice

Tavares, FL

#104 Dec 31, 2013
foster-adopted mom wrote:
I have been searching trying to find info on a brand Harvest Farms. I can find nothing on the internet and there is no contact info on the products I have in my house. They are generally cheaper but I wanted to know more about the company. Now I am wondering why I can't find anything but the name of the company which is Land O Sky, LLC. Anybody now anything about this company. Is it reputable?
For years IM been getting the organic almond butter. I decide to find out where this company is... Can't find anywhere..... Am changing brands how can you trust a company who doesn't disclose anything..?
Denise Carman

Franklin, NC

#105 Jan 12, 2014
Leah McGrath - Ingles wrote:
Sorry that so many of you feel there is a big mystery about Harvest Farms. It is just our private label of certified organic products. Many supermarkets are doing the same thing, i.e. sourcing certified organic from different manufacturers in the same way they source conventional products and then put their own label on them so they are private label products (like Laura Lynn for Ingles). We've had a lot of success with most of our HF products and people like them and appreciate the fact that they are cheaper than brand name certified organic. Feel free to call me directly if I can be of any help.
Thank you Leah for responding. I love all the spices by Harvest Farms, but am curious if the cinnamon is true cinnamon or cassia?
Realvil

Athens, Greece

#106 Jan 13, 2014
local_farmer

United States

#107 Feb 11, 2014
@ENDED While the decision to eat meat is yours know that organic agriculture cant exist without llivestock, I know locally raised meat is too expensive for me unless I raise my own so I must go by my concious.

@Leah McGarth Ingles, Ingles is treading on thin water if they are claiming organic means pesticide free, far from it. Anyone at Warren Wilson will atest l as they don't teach pesticide free. They also happen to have a hippy comune for a campus, their almost as hippy as you can get. Unless everything Mr. Ingles is grown in closed circuit green houses pesticides asuredly are used.
local_farmer

United States

#108 Feb 11, 2014
Drat New phone auto correct an I'm not up to pace....I miss my iPhone

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