|Look at the beautiful colors of those peppers|
I read an interesting post this week on thekitchn on the debate between organic vs. local (if you had to choose). I'm relatively fortunate here with the Santa Monica farmer's market as I would estimate that maybe half of the farms are actually certified organic and that there is a lot of local produce all year round, being in California, so that you get the best of both worlds, but I would say that local is just as important, if not more important to me than organic, when buying directly from farmer's market. Now if I were buying from Whole Foods, where I don't have any interaction with the farmer and don't see them every week, I would probably rely a little more on the certified organic designation to ensure that the preferred methods of growing produce are adhered to, but I have a certain trust in the farmers that I buy from week after week, even if they aren't certified organic. I do still try to buy certified organic when possible, but I agree with thekitchn's argument that sometimes the process of getting certified can be too burdensome on an independent producer, and they can practice sustainable farming without the use of pesticides, which is what I am most concerned with anyway.