Organic vs. All-Natural: What’s the Difference?

Posted in Blog, Local, Natural, Organic, Produce, Products, Uncategorized

Walking down a grocery aisle, you see “organic” and “all-natural” stickers on everything from food to soap, but do you know the meaning behind the labels?

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One major difference distinguishes organic from all natural. Simply put, the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) must certify anything labeled “organic”. Its stamp of approval means that the ingredients included in the product did not encounter pesticides in any part of the growth and manufacturing process.

Often when plants are grown without chemicals, they are smaller and not as flashy as the huge, perfect-looking produce we’re used to seeing. While the produce may be less aesthetically attractive, it’s better quality and chemical free.

While being certified as USDA organic is important, the certification is expensive, especially for the local family farms Barons purchases food from. Often these small, local farms grow pesticide-free products but cannot afford the official certification. They are organic without the sticker.

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On the other hand, “all-natural” doesn’t have a formal definition. You could technically put an all-natural label on anything, but Barons holds products to a high standard.

To us, all-natural means no preservatives, artificial colors, sugars or monosodium glutamate (MSG). We always check the ingredients in the products we choose because even if a product is labeled all-natural, it may not fit our definition.

Ninety-six percent of the products on Barons’ shelves are organic or all-natural, but we’re not stopping there. We have committed to bringing our customers the best products available and plan to reach our goal of 100 percent in the coming years. When we say “good food,” we don’t simply mean good-tasting food; we mean food that is good for your health and good for your body. Being tasty is just an added bonus.

Barons Market featured in this weeks San Diego Reader!

Posted in Alpine, Blog, Community, In the News, Local, Locations, Natural, News, Organic, Point Loma, Products, Rancho Bernardo, Temecula, Uncategorized, Wildomar

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Check out this great story about writer and foodie Dave Good going vegan for a couple of weeks, after attending our Vegan Taste Team Meeting!

Coming soon…Alpine!

Posted in Alpine, Blog, Community, Craft Beer, Events, Grocery, In the News, Local, Locations, News, Organic, Produce

Today we announce that we are officially coming to Alpine this Spring! Our new store will be located at 1347 Tavern Road in the Alpine Creek Town Center. More details about our grand opening and job fair to come!

 

Here are the keys to our new digs. You know, to make it official.

 

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Healthy, budget-friendly, kid-friendly lunches for the New Year!

Posted in Blog, Community, Family, Grocery, In the News, Local, Locations, Natural, News, Organic, Products, Uncategorized

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We were on San Diego’s KFMB Channel 8 News this morning talking healthy, budget-friendly and kid-friendly lunches! We have a variety of awesome on-the-go snacks that are perfect to pack in lunch box. Our favorites include Justin’s Peanut Butter squeeze packs, local Grombomb Healthy Rehydration drinks, our very own Quinoa Edamame Salad and locally made Mamma Chia Squeeze snacks!

Behold…the majesty of the garlic

Posted in Blog, Gluten-Free, Local, Natural, Organic, Point Loma, Products, Rancho Bernardo, Temecula, Wildomar

A customer brought us a tub of locally made Majestic Garlic spread and quite honestly, we had no idea what to do with it. The package said it was made with fresh raw organic garlic and was raw, vegan and gluten-free. Well whoop-dee-doo.