Produce

Produce

Only certified organic or organically grown local produce.

We carry about one hundred varieties of fresh fruits and vegetables. Our certified organic is acquired from several reputable vendors. Our wide seasonal selection of local produce is provided by growers around the area that adhere to organic and sustainable growing practices.

 

The produce section at the Co-op is constantly expanding and provides the area’s best selection of organic produce. From everyday staples to exotic seasonal produce to every juicer’s dream selection, Breadroot carries quality produce for life. Browse further to learn more about our produce section and more.

 

The produce section at the Co-op is constantly expanding and provides the area’s best selection of organic produce. From everyday staples to exotic seasonal produce to every juicer’s dream selection, Breadroot carries quality produce for life. Browse further to learn more about our produce section and more.

At the Co-op, we provide local produce from a variety of large and small farms. Smaller farms bring in a unique variety of produce including white raspberries, heirloom squash, mushrooms, sweet potatoes, cabbage, herbs–including wild-crafted, and more. Some local growers are members of the co-op while others come from various parts of the Black Hills and want to reach the Rapid City market. The larger farms provide tasty staples including varieties of kale, lettuce, potatoes, onions, and more! Some of our larger farms are:

 

Cedar Creek Gardens – Midland, SD

Cedar Creek Gardens is located in the White River Valley south of Midland,SD, where 12 acres and 5 greenhouses are used to grow an abundant array of fresh produce. From kales and carrots to watermelon and eggs, Cedar Creek provides Breadroot and the Rapid City community with “high quality, nutritious┬áproduce that contributes to the health and well-being of the community in which we live“.

 

Gregson’s Gardens – Keystone, SD

Gregson’s Gardens is a small, family-owned business for hydroponic produce. Committed to growing local, pesticide and herbicide free produce, the Gregsons provide Breadroot Food Co-op with leaf lettuce, a wide variety of micro greens, herbs, cucumbers, and tomatoes.

 

The Rusty Bucket – Rozet, WY

Tom and Joanne Engelhaupt ┬ábegan The Rusty Bucket in 2013 with Joanne’s homemade goat milk products and crafts made from salvaged goods. In 2016, a new grow room was built to enable them to edge into the sprout business! In addition for finding their alfalfa, pea, and sunflower sprouts at Breadroot, Rusty Bucket products can also be found at farmer’s markets around Wyoming and South Dakota.

 

Prairie Road Organic Seed – Fullerton, ND

Prairie Road Organic Seed Company began producing certified organic seeds in 1997 near Fullerton, North Dakota. Owners Theresa and Dan work to produce seed varieties that perform well in our northern growing region and have cultivated a Dakota seed line of heirloom seeds bred on their farm. In 2014, Prairie Road was honored to be named Organic Farmers of the Year by the Midwest Organic and Sustainable Education Service (MOSES).

 

In order to sell locally grown produce that is not certified organic, growers must adhere to several guidelines. Our local producers verify that they follow these guidelines by signing a document attesting that their practices meet these standards. Our minimum standards are:

  • No use of genetically modified (gmo) seeds or produce
  • No chemical fertilizers, herbicides, pesticides, insecticides, solvents, etc.
  • Sanitary post-harvest techniques (cleaning, transport, storage)

Members of the Co-op can be assured that the local produce they purchase follow these minimum standards and is of high quality. If there are any further questions regarding local produce, do not hesitate to voice them to the produce staff at Breadroot.

Organic

  • No chemical pesticides
  • Natural pest management
  • Natural fertilizers (e.g. compost)
  • Weeds controlled naturally (e.g. crop rotation, weeding)
  • Emphasis on sustainability

Non-organic

  • Synthetic pesticides used
  • Chemical herbicides to control weeds
  • Genetic engineering
  • Insecticides to control pests
The Non-GMO Project lists the following as high-risk crops because they are currently in commercial production:

  • Alfalfa
  • Canola
  • Corn
  • Cotton
  • Papaya
  • Soy
  • Sugar beets
  • Zucchini and yellow summer squash

And the following as monitored risk because “suspected or known incidents of contamination have occurred and/or the crops have genetically modified relatives in commercial production with which cross-pollination (and consequently contamination) is possible:”

  • Beta vulgaris (e.g., chard, table beets)
  • Brassica napa (e.g., rutabaga, siberian kale)
  • Brassica rapa (e.g., bok choy, mizuna, chinese cabbage, turnip, rapini, tatsoi)
  • Curcubita (acorn squash, delicata squash, patty pan)
  • Flax
  • Rice
  • Wheat

Avoid these GMO crops by buying certified organic produce, or from our local vendors who verify they do not grow GMO crops.