FAQ's for the Grocery Shopper

What is the best way to store produce, and do I need to wash it?

Store unwashed items in the vegetable crisper drawer of your refrigerator. Wash all produce immediately before use. For leafy items, swish the leaves in a bowl of water or in the sink to remove any dirt that may have entered the plant. Dry in a salad spinner or use a clean kitchen towel or paper towels to remove excess water. Heartier items such as broccoli, cauliflower and celery should be rinsed under cool water and allowed to drain before use.

Why is there dirt on my produce?

Our products are all grown outside in the soil. As we move equipment around the field or when it rains, dirt will sometimes drop or splash into the plants. Unfortunately, our techniques cannot always produce perfect results even though we strive for one hundred percent perfection. We understand that dirt is not what you want to see on your produce and we do our best to prevent this from happening. All produce should be thoroughly washed before consumption.

Is your packaging recyclable?

We use 100% recyclable clamshell containers for strawberries and recyclable corrugated packaging for our other products.

Do you use GMO's to grow your produce?


How do I know your produce is safe, and where can I find information about foodborne illness?

We understand the importance of providing safe and nutritious food for your family. We are dedicated to farming in a responsible manner to serve our customers and our community. To that end, food safety is our top priority. Steinbeck Country Produce adheres to the most current guidelines established by state and federal government agencies. Every aspect of our organization, including growing, harvesting, cooling and shipping strictly adhere to the guidelines set forth for Good Agricultural Practices and Good Harvesting Practices. We are a signatory of the California Leafy Greens Marketing Agreement and the Arizona Leafy Green Products Shipper Marketing Agreement. All of these Agreements require strict adherence to food safety guidelines. We follow all procedures outlined in the LGMA documents. We utilize Certified 3rd Party Auditing Companies to audit all aspects of our operations.

Below are links for more information on food safety. Click here to contact us with any food safety questions.

What Makes Purple Cauliflower Purple?

Purple Cauliflower contains Anthocyanins, the same antioxidants found in red wine and blueberries, which gives it its color. It also contains 100% of the recommended daily values of Vitamin C as well as glucoraphanin, a nutrient also found in broccoli. In your body, glucoraphanin can be converted into compounds with anti-cancer properties.

What Makes Green Cauliflower Green?

Green Cauliflower is a hybrid cross of white cauliflower and broccoli. Green Cauliflower provides extra vitamin A and contains more vitamin C and protein than white cauliflower.

What Makes Orange Cauliflower Orange?

Orange Cauliflower contains Carotenoids, the same organic pigments found in carrots. These powerful antioxidants can help prevent some forms of cancer and heart disease. They also act to enhance your immune response and have proven anti-aging properties.