Waterman's Family Farm

Frequently Asked Questions

Why Aren't You Organic?

We've chosen a different path which we believe allows us to produce the quantity of top-quality fruits and vegetables our customers want, at a price they can afford. We are a minimum-till, minimum-spray operation. That means we try to have the lightest possible impact on the land, both in the way we plow and cultivate, and in the chemicals we use.


Are your products GMOs?

Man has been genetically modifying crops for thousands of years, so in one sense, yes -- and are the products of every other farmer in the world. But in the modern definition of GMO, only a fraction of our corn crop fits that description -- two late-season varieties modified to resist worms so that we use fewer applications of worm control sprays. Everything else we grow is non-GMO.

What is a GMO?
GMOs (genetically modified organisms) are organisms whose genetic material has been altered by man. In agriculture, currently marketed genetically engineered crops have traits such as resistance to pests, resistance to herbicides, increased nutritional value, or production of valuable goods such as drugs. Products under development include crops that are able to thrive in environmental conditions outside the species' native range or in changed conditions in their range (e.g. drought or salt resistance).

Why is your produce more expensive than the grocery store's?
In many instances, it's not. We're cheaper than the grocery on many items. And even on things that do cost a few pennies more, we think our quality is better.

Why is fresh-picked produce better than grocery store produce?

Let's start with taste. Compare our strawberries with those berries you see in the plastic clamshell boxes at the store. Our berries are sweet and tender and bursting with juice. Their berries? Not so much.


Most of the so-called fresh produce in your grocery store was actually grown thousands of miles away, primarily in California, in varieties bred for size, shipping and shelf life, not flavor. Our crops are intended to be consumed locally and can't be shipped long distances because they're so full of juice and flavor -- they wouldn't survive a long, bouncy trip in a semi-truck.


Take tomatoes, for example. A typical grocery store tomato is picked green, placed on a truck and shipped to a destination where it is fogged with ethylene gas to turn it red for the grocer's shelves. Now, ask yourself what's going to be better -- that green tomato, or a ripe one picked fresh from the vine, close to home?


All vegetables begin losing flavor and nutrition the second they are picked. It only stands to reason, then, that the closer you are to the source and the sooner you get your produce after picking, the better it will taste and the better for you it will be.