Door to Door Organics is Michigan’s home, office and co-op delivery service of fresh, organic fruits, vegetables, herbs and select groceries. Each week of the year we deliver the freshest organic goodies directly to your door at competitive prices.
We have close relationships with a number of Michigan farmers and we work around the clock to ensure that we bring you locally grown produce whenever it’s available. For much of the year here, local produce is not commercially available. We always strive to ensure that we bring you the freshest, organic produce from only the most reputable of farms.
We focus on local produce when possible because it is fresher, requires less fuel to transport and we get to support our neigbors, making it easier for them to support us. We have chosen to shop locally and we hope that you do the same!
Our mission is to establish access of nutritious food to every resident of Michigan and beyond. We are working to expand the market for agriculture that enriches the earth and all of us which she supports. We enable people to enjoy healthy lifetyles, and we work to give our farmers the same opportunity.
Here you’ll find our growing season schedule and recipes on creative ways to cook your organic bounty. In the near future we will also be adding all sorts of interesting information about the foods we eat, and those we’ve never tried before.
If you want to submit a recipe to share with the Door to Door Organics audience, please email us firstname.lastname@example.org.
What Does “Organic Farming” Mean?
Going to the grocery store can be a fun and exciting adventure. There is food lining the shelves from places located all over the world. This means that there are also many people farming all over the world just as you are reading this. Some of these farmers may face difficulties growing their foods. Certain bugs like to eat the plants they grow before they get to our groceries. They also may have too many weeds around, preventing the yummy plants from growing. Another problem they may have is that there is not enough ‘food’ in the soil for plants to eat.
There are many different ways to farm in order to produce the many different foods we all like to eat and to combat farming difficulties such as too many hungry bugs. In the United States, many farmers use “conventional farming” practices to grow our food. This means that they use man-made (synthetic) chemicals and fertilizers to grow their food, or crops. Just like us, these plants need food to grow. However, with conventional farming all of these chemicals and fertilizers to do get completely ‘eaten’ up by the growing plants. Over time, these chemicals and fertilizers build up in the soil. Since mother nature does not make these chemicals naturally, they are not good to have building up in our soils and water, and are not healthy for people and animals to eat. Spraying plants to kill bugs puts chemicals directly on the foods we like to eat.
Organic farmers follow mother nature’s way of growing plants. Instead of using man-made fertilizers to feed their plants, like conventional farmers do, they use plant food such as compost. Compost is made when food scraps, such as orange and banana peels, rot and break down to turn into nutrient rich soil. This soil is then mixed into the ground before seeds are planted in the spring. The parts of old plants help new plants grow. Organic farmers also rotate their crops. Just like us, different plants like to eat different ‘foods’. If one plant, such as corn, was grown in the same location year after year, there would be no ‘food’ left for the next generation of corn to eat. Moving the corn to a new location would allow another vegetable to come in and ‘eat’ the food that the corn did not like. By the time the corn was moved back to its first location, the food it liked would have had a chance to build back up again.
When organic farmers must use insecticides (these kill bad bugs), they are approved by the United States Department of Agriculture’s National Organic Program, and they are often made out of parts of other plants, such as flower oils and extracts. Organic farmers also use beneficial bugs, such as lady bugs, to eat the bad bugs.