DRAPER The Harmons grocery store at Bangerter Crossing has earned a "certified organic" designation from the Utah Department of Agriculture and Food in the artisan bread bakery, produce department and part of its meat department.
"They've responded to a very clear call from the public for more organic products and have ensured a way to provide these products in a safe, monitored environment," Seth Winterton, deputy director of Utah's Own Utah Organic Program at the Agriculture Department in a prepared statement released Tuesday by Harmons.
To earn the certification, each participating department tracked each product to verify it was grown and processed without pesticides and fertilizers. For example, bakers tracked each ingredient in the bread, including flour, cheeses, nuts, olives and raisins.
Organic produce must be packaged and shipped in manners in which non-organic products don't touch, leak or drip on organics.
"Our plan is to eventually roll out the organic program into other stores and other departments," said Bob Harmon, a vice president at the Utah grocery store chain.