“The real question is: What kind of things can I buy that are healthy?” said Stephanie Taylor, a Certified Organic Farmer, as she was browsing organic produce in her backyard.
“It’s not like we are going to make a ton of money.
But what do I buy?
And it’s going to cost me less money.”
Taylor, who owns a home garden, has been buying organic produce for years.
She says she can make more money by buying organic products.
But she does say organic produce is becoming more expensive.
The cost of organic produce has increased from about $3 a pound last year to about $8 a pound in 2019.
The cost of produce in California has jumped nearly 20 percent in the past year, according to a report from the California Department of Food and Agriculture.
California’s drought has been blamed for higher prices, according the Associated Press.
Organic food is a big reason, said Dr. David Schatzberg, an associate professor at the University of California, Davis.
“We need to make sure the people that are going in are going into sustainable farming practices, and that’s what we’re trying to do.”
Schatzberg said organic farms tend to be more cost-effective for consumers because they’re not in direct contact with farms.
“When you have a farmer or a producer that is directly in contact with the consumer, it’s very easy to find out exactly what they’re doing,” he said.
The state of California is one of about a dozen states that allow organic farms to operate in their states.
But only about 10 states allow organic farmers to sell their produce directly to consumers.
Organic farmers who are not able to sell directly to retailers, however, are permitted to sell in stores.
California, like many other states, has seen a surge in the use of organic food, especially in restaurants.
The popularity of organic foods, including organic meat and organic dairy products, is rising nationwide.
In 2019, organic products made up nearly a quarter of all foods sold in the U.S. According to the U, Organic Foods and Farm Product Association, organic food sales grew 6.6 percent in 2019, reaching $4.4 billion.