At Nude Foods Market we believe in TOTAL transparency.
We don’t want to ‘greenwash’ what we do. We are honest and upfront, even when things are not perfect.
We are ALWAYS trying to do better so if you have any suggestions for us, we’d love to hear them. Please send to email@example.com.
We try our darndest to eliminate waste as far back in the supply chain as humanly possible however, some of our suppliers are only set up to get us goods in single-use packaging meaning we cannot always be 100% zero-waste.
For example, oats come in a 50lb paper bag. We recycle this bag but sadly, it’s still single use. The way we see it is that a 50lb bag of oats uses WAY less packaging than 50 x 1lb packages of oats so we’re still significantly reducing packaging.
Our intention is to tread as lightly as humanly possible on this earth. We think through the impact of every product from the seed to when it reaches your doorstep. As we grow, we will be able to push for more change from more of our suppliers.
We aim to help create a food system that improves the health of our lands, our communities and ourselves.
Nude Foods Market has a hierarchy for sourcing produce.
First and foremost we try to get local rescued produce. Rescued means that food was destined for the compost pile, had we not caught it in time.
It can also be seconds, which means produce that was not going to be sold at the local farmers market. This is the cucumber or potato that looks a little odd (tastes just as good!) and is not up to the normal grocery store/farmers market visual standards.
Rescued produce can also come from oversupply. Sometimes farmers have too much of a certain crop that they can’t sell through their normal channels. Not only does this help the food not go to waste, it helps the farmers out by paying for produce that normally wouldn’t have a home.
If we cannot acquire rescued produce we will buy the standard produce from farms. Not all of our local produce is certified organic, but all of the farms we source from follow organic practices. It is incredibly expensive for small farms to get certified, and we don’t want to exclude farms that are doing everything right just because they couldn’t afford the certification.
Remember buying local means you are not contributing to one of our biggest enemies, factory farming.
Next on the hierarchy is rescued, not local produce. We only have to go to this step in the winter, when there isn’t much produce being grown in Colorado. This produce will always be certified organic.To acquire this, soon to be wasted food, we use a company which specializes in rescued food, Food Maven.
They alone in 2019 have helped save 327 tons of food from landfills, donated 354,361 meals to hunger relief, averted 226 tons of CO2 and generated $281,925 for local producers.
The very last step in the hierarchy is non-rescued, non-local produce. We almost never get to this point, but if there isn’t enough rescued produce or local produce to be found, we will supplement with a few certified organic products.