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Where to Buy Earthbound Farm Products

Where can I buy Earthbound Farm products?

See Where to Buy to find where Earthbound products are sold near you. If you don’t see your Earthbound favorites where you like to shop, ask the produce manager if he/she would order them for you.

Does Earthbound Farm sell its products directly to the public?

We sell to retail stores, so Earthbound Farm products can be found in 75 percent of major supermarkets nationwide. We do, however, offer a limited selection of Earthbound Farm favorites for sale in our online store.

About Organic

What does “organic” mean?

Organic farming uses environmentally friendly methods to grow healthy produce without the use of synthetic chemicals, pesticides, or preservatives. Learn more about how organic farming works in Organic 101.

What is my assurance that Earthbound Farm produce is organically grown?

All Earthbound Farm produce carries the USDA Organic Seal, which guarantees that it’s certified organic by an independent agency — in our case, California Certified Organic Farmers (CCOF), accredited by the USDA National Organic Program.

Why does organic produce sometimes cost more?

Because organic farmers can’t rely on a chemical quick fix, we make a big investment of human labor to protect our crops from insects, plant diseases, weeds and other problems. If (and when) those efforts fail, we’re more vulnerable to crop losses resulting from infestation or disease. But as organic crop yields increase, and as more organic produce is grown on a wider scale, organic produce prices are coming closer to conventional prices.

Do I need to wash organically grown produce?

Although our organic produce is grown without any synthetic fertilizers or pesticides, it’s always a good idea to wash all fruits and vegetables before eating them.

About Earthbound Farm Products

Do I need to wash Earthbound Farm packaged salads?

For your convenience, our fresh salad greens are pre-washed in our state-of-the-art facility, and we take every step possible to ensure cleanliness and food safety. You can learn more about how Earthbound Farm salads are processed on our Safe Food page.

How should I store my salad?

Keep Earthbound Farm salads refrigerated in their original packaging.

How long will the salads keep?

As long as they’ve been handled correctly and kept cold throughout the distribution process, Earthbound Farm salads should last until the “Best by” date on the package. Never use packaged salad after that date has passed. And no matter what the label date is, don’t eat any produce if it looks or smells bad. When in doubt, throw it out!

Are Earthbound Farm products genetically modified?

No. Our products are certified organic in accordance with the USDA’s National Organic Program standards, and genetically modified organisms (GMOs) are never permitted in organic farming. What’s more, at Earthbound we believe that consumers have the right to know how their food is grown and what it contains, and we support mandatory GMO labeling. Learn more about our position on GMOs here.

Are any Earthbound Farm products irradiated?

No. Our products are certified organic, and the USDA’s National Organic Program specifically prohibits the use of irradiation in organic food. Read more about our position on irradiation of produce here.

Are Earthbound Farm fruits and vegetables coated with wax?

Our citrus carries a post-harvest wax that’s approved by the USDA Organic Program, but we don’t use wax on any other Earthbound Farm organic produce. Some of our apples may have the appearance of being waxed, but this is a natural coating produced by the apple itself to retain moisture.

Are the salad dressings in Earthbound Farm salad bowls and kits sold separately?

Our dressings are custom-made exclusively for Earthbound Farm and are available only in our products.

About Our Packaging

Why do you package your salads in plastic boxes?

Our plastic clamshell packages help keep our greens fresh longer, because they protect the tender leaves from bruising much more effectively than bags can. They’re made with 100% post-consumer recycled plastic, which comes from products like plastic soda bottles that have previously been used and recycled. Manufacturing with recycled materials uses about 90% fewer resources than virgin plastic and keeps about 1.5 million pounds of valuable materials out of our landfills each year. We think that post-consumer recycled materials are the most ecological packaging choice. And because our clamshells are made from PET — the most widely recycled plastic — they can be recycled again at facilities that are able to accept thermoformed PET.

Do any of your product packages contain BPA?

All of Earthbound Farm’s packaging is BPA free.

Where We Grow Our Organic Produce

Why does Earthbound Farm grow some of its products in Mexico?

To maintain a year-round supply, during the winter months approximately 95 percent of the lettuce sold in the United States is grown in southeastern California, southern Arizona and northern Mexico. 

How do we know food grown in Mexico is safe to eat?

Our organic acreage in Mexico is monitored by the same American independent third-party certifying agency that certifies our operations in the United States. These fields are managed by the same farmers who manage our fields in the US, and we follow the same Good Agricultural Practices on our farms in Mexico that we do on our farms in the US.

Videos

 
Where can I see videos about Earthbound Farm?
 
Check out the Videos page or our Grow Something Green page here on the site. If you’re on social media, join us on Facebook for the latest updates on what’s happening at Earthbound.
 

Downloads

 
Where can I get a copy of one of your leaf charts or your Kids’ Activity Book?
 
We’ve collected some of our favorite downloadable resources on our Downloads page — just click the links to download a PDF and print at your convenience! 

 

If you don’t find the answer you need here, or if you have a question or problem with any of our products, call us at (800) 690-3200 or send us a message through our Contact Us page.