At Sun Basket, we take pride in sourcing the finest ingredients from top farmers, ranchers, and seafood purveyors. Today’s globalized economy means that there are now almost no truly “out–of–season” fruits and vegetables. Anyone who has tasted a lifeless tomato from the other side of the world, however, knows that this convenience often comes at the cost of quality. A desire to return to flavorful food is just one of the reasons the “farm–to–table” movement has been gaining popularity over the last decade. Farm–to–table represents a philosophy that values taste and quality, personal connections and small business, sustainability, and food safety.
What kind of ingredients do we source?
All the ingredients in your Sun Basket are sustainably sourced and GMO-free. The proteins we source are humanely raised, antibiotic, and hormone-free. All our seafood is wild-caught in US waters or sourced from fish farms recommended by seafoodwatch.org and approved by the Monterey Bay Aquarium Watch List. We source organic produce whenever possible and label each item clearly. When we’re unable to source organically, you can rest assure all your ingredients are both GMO and pesticide-free. Since the food is farm to table, don't forget to wash your vegetables before consuming. All the cheese we use is also pasteurized.
Sun Basket is a certified organic retailer through the CCOF (California Certified Organic Farmers) You can learn more about what a CCOF certification mean by visiting www.ccof.org.
Choosing certified organic foods provides a tangible way for you to benefit the environment and public health.
Being a certified organic supplier helps us support our mission with respect to:
Organic ingredients are produced without toxic fertilizers or pesticides
We cook with the seasons using the finest organic products, from farmers who are committed to the very best
Preserving the environment:
Organic products are free from genetic engineering and use sustainable practices to help mitigate the spread of unwanted GMO crops and contamination
Fresh vegetables and fruit have better color, texture, and taste. Before it’s picked, local produce can reach peak ripeness —because it doesn’t have to be preserved for thousands of miles of shipping
When we keep local farms in business, they aren’t forced to sell off their land for development, so we preserve open space for future generations. On well–managed farms, the healthy soil, clean water, and open space is also one of the last refuges for wildlife in many parts of the country.
What does local food have to do with organic food?
The process of getting certified as “Organic” is complicated and very expensive — often out of reach for family farms. Only the very small farms that sell less than 5,000 pounds of produce are exempt from organic labeling laws. This means that produce, dairy, or meat might be organically grown, even if you don’t see the label.
If quality is unregulated, how do you get the best produce?
This is where local food comes in — because a personal relationship with food producers is possible. At the farmer’s market, customers can ask questions directly to the farmers about the conditions their produce is grown in. A relationship over time means that there is more trust between food sellers and consumers. Sun Basket’s produce is the finest quality because our Executive chef, Justine Kelly, has spent years developing an extensive network of farmers and producers who are truly committed to sustainable practices. We have continued to expand our network of trusted sources who exemplify our values; for example, we now have suppliers across the country to provide our clients with the freshest responsibly–caught seafood available. Sun Basket delivers fresh, seasonal, delicious produce from local farmers straight to your door every week, along with easy–to–follow recipes.
Top Quality Standards
Sun Basket sources organic ingredients wherever possible. Sometimes an ingredient is not available organic due to weather and seasonality, or because that ingredient can't be classified organic (like sea salt or wild–caught salmon). Organic ingredients in meal kits are clearly labeled upon delivery.
Our meats and seafood are free of antibiotics and artificial hormones and come from fishermen and ranchers who share our commitment to sustainable practices.
Our standards meet or exceed the standards of most natural grocery store
If you have any questions regarding our ingredients and where we source, please don’t hesitate to get in touch by clicking the Email Us located below or contacting (855) 204-7597 during our business hours.