The Maine Organic Farmers and Gardeners Association Certification Services has updated its online searchable database to make it easier for people to find MOFGA-certified organic foods and products.

With an abundance of locally produced food and products available, and the holidays around the corner, autumn is a great time of year for the public to connect with local producers, according to a news release from Grace Keown, Operations and Information Management coordinator.

The service has worked to reconfigure the searchable database to improve the user experience. With 529 MOFGA-certified organic producers throughout Maine, New Hampshire and Massachusetts, there are many options to find products within reach, and with enhanced keyword searches and an improved user interface, the database can make finding those producers easy.

Searches show the contact information and location of each producer, a list of MOFGA-certified organic products, as well as the markets that the producer chooses to publicize.

Additional new elements of the database include a total count of producers by county and region, and the database now syncs automatically with the service certification data in real time, ensuring users are seeing the most up-to-date information.

“We’re pleased to offer this enhanced searchable database to the public, which provides improved search functionality to connect eaters, buyers and food manufacturers with certified organic producers,” said Chris Grigsby, director of Maine Organic Farmers and Gardeners Association Certification Services. “Whether you’re looking for farms in your area that offer CSAs, or are a certified organic dairy farm looking for certified organic feed or bedding, this searchable database has you covered. MOFGA Certification Services prides itself on offering more than just certification services to farms and food producers in our area, and we hope that certified producers see this as one of many additional values when choosing to certify with MCS.”

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