What our Customers Want to Know
Our organization is 100% owned and operated by BC grower families. At this point in time over 20 farming families own BCfresh.
We do not pack any products in our BCfresh label that are not grown in BC. There are certain times of year when our storage sheds eventually run out of locally grown produce. Depending on the crop, this usually happens sometime between March and July and before local production restarts in summer. During this gap we partner with farming families in other parts of North America to source high-quality veggies that meet or exceed our stringent standards. We try to make it easy to spot by using our Bestfresh label on the packaging, letting you know you are still supporting a local company.
All BCfresh family farms strive towards the complete elimination of crop management materials such as insecticides and herbicides (together known as pesticides). We work with dedicated crop consultants who use a variety of integrated pest management techniques to maximize the plant health and the crop yield. This is commonly known as IPM (Integrated Pest Management) and you can learn more at http://bcfresh.ca/community-
involvement/. However, there are occasions where crop management materials are used and all applications of a crop management materials must meet or exceed Canadian regulations.
BCfresh does not use any GMO materials to grow our vegetables.
All BCfresh growers are audited every year by accredited 3rd party organizations for Canada Good Agricultural Practices (CanadaGAP). Our packinghouses and distribution facilities perform a similar audit for Good Manufacturing Practices. At BCfresh we take care in producing safe, wholesome vegetables.
You could, but they likely won’t result in strong potato plants, if any plant at all. That’s because the potatoes you buy at the grocery store are table potatoes, not seed potatoes. Seed potatoes sprout quickly and are used for growing potato plants.
Most of our veggies have been harvested at the peak of maturity and won’t yield more veggies when planted. The only exception are beets… you can plant a mature beet and harvest the greens for use in salad, soups or stews. If you are interested in growing your own veggies at home, visit your local garden centre or to find a wonderful array of seeds and materials.
No. At BCfresh we use varieties developed using traditional plant breeding methods such as tissue culture. We do not use any form of genetic modification to produce any of our potatoes or vegetables.
We use bags to help preserve the fresh flavor and appearance for customers. It also makes it easier to get your produce home. The bags help protect the product from negative factors such as strong retail lights and excessive handling. This extends the shelf life of the product while also providing a level of food safety. All our plastic bags are recyclable too. Check with your local municipality to see what facilities exist in your neighborhood.
Isn’t it nice to know that you can buy locally grown BCfresh produce for most of the year? Just like your backyard garden, our products are harvested in the fall months at the peak of maturity and flavour. Our growers used traditional long-term storage techniques that have been continually improved using high-tech advances to protect the crops. This means we are able to store potatoes and other root crops for many months in temperature and humidity controlled sheds. This keeps the produce in a dormant stage locking in the flavour and nutritional value. We wash and grade the veggies just before we deliver them to your local grocery store or restaurant.