Biodynamic agriculture is a method of organic farming that treats farms as unified  and individual organisms, emphasising  the balance and interrelationship of the soil, plants, animals as a self-nourishing system that needs minimal external input.

An astronomical planting and harvesting calendar is used to enhance health and vigour in all parts of the farm and produce food that retains its natural vitality and flavour. Unique features to the biodynamic approach include the use of fermented herbal and mineral preparations as compost additives.

Biodynamic products are underpinned in the market place by rigorous Demeter production and processing standards…

Demeter certified products come farming and promise to be:

. Biodynamic-  With special preparations which help improve soil tilth and increase fertility.

. Well established-  Representing the oldest and most established ecological farming approach.

. Holistic-  Taking into account not only the soil, plants and animals but also the influence of the stars.

. International-  With over 3000 Demeter producers in nearly 40 countries.

. Local- Where possible encouraging local markets and trading.

. Fairly traded- Paying the growers fair price in whichever country they live.

. Best quality-  The Processing Standards are specially designed to preserve or enhance the high quality.

Organic fruits & vegetables

This means foods that are not conventionally grown or in-conversion.

In conversion  produce are fruits and vegetables from a farm that is making the transition from conventional farming to organic farming. Organic food is the best quality you can eat because it’s free from the chemicals that are used in conventional farming and is grown in rich soil. No food has higher amounts of beneficial minerals, essential amino acids and vitamins than organic food.

Organic food contains higher levels of Vitamin C and minerals like Calcium, Magnesium, Iron and Chromium as well as cancer fighting antioxidants. Buying from your local farmers markets can guarantee you are buying the best that season has to offer. Markets in London such as New Covent Garden can ensure good quality. The majority of fruits and vegetables grown organically are seasonal, you will not asparagus in October for example. Organic foods may not always look perfect, get used to nobbly carrots, dull apples and imperfect pears but this is how nature grows.

Big supermarkets selling fruits and vegetables that look perfect means that large volumes of fruits and veg are rejected as not good enough and thrown away.  Organic food and farming forbids any inclusion of genetically modifies foods or organisms. Produce is mostly presented loose and hand sorted which means there’s minimal packaging and customers can choose exactly how much they want.

You’ll also find apples and other fruits are not waxed to make them look better or preserve them beyond their natural shelf life.