Digna Love grew up in St. Lucia, and as a kid had a piece of land behind her home, where she and her brothers farmed corn and coffee.
One of the things that you need to understand about organic foods is that even the same varieties of organic foods will taste differently. Organic farming isn’t about standardization of everything and anything. Organic farming is focused on strengthening natural ecological properties of the land. Different soils have different features and peculiarities about them. Organic farmers do not use any chemicals, and foods from different farmers grown on different kinds of soils will taste differently. Also, the fertility of the soils of organic farms is usually improved by adding decaying organic matter to it, such as manure and compost.
Returning manure and plant waste into the soil is also a natural thing to do. By doing so, organic farmers complete the cycle of natural biological recycling, and the soil gets more nutrients, passing more of them to plants and livestock.
The differences in flavors of organic foods also occur because of different farming practices used by different farmers. For example, one tomato grower may choose to keep the side shoots that arise in the stems, while another may be removing them on a regular basis.
This is why you want to know who grows your food and how they do it. No matter what the advertising from the big corporations is trying to convey, you and only you should be the sole judge of what tastes good to you, and what foods you choose to eat. The real tastemakers and trendsetters have always been the people who didn’t care much about what the majority was telling them to do. This is why Digna Love chooses healthy, organic foods, and doesn’t pay much attention to advertising from big corporations.