Our MostFrequently Asked Questions

Growing Process

  • Is it better to be greenhouse-grown or field-grown?

    At Wholesum, we grow our produce in greenhouses, shade houses, and open fields. Most of our produce is grown in greenhouses because we can control the environment, meaning that you get the produce you love all year long.

  • Are Wholesum products non-GMO?

    Yes! We grow all of our produce using simple, clean growing methods. We don’t use GMOs, or any synthetic pesticides. This results in Certified Organic produce that is better tasting and better for you.

  • Are Wholesum products organic?

    Yes! All of our produce is Certified Organic by the USDA. Our family farms have been Certified Organic since the 1990s! Learn more about that here.

  • Are Wholesum products gluten-free?

    Yes, all of Wholesum’s produce is gluten free.

  • Do you use Apeel on your products?

    We do not apply Apeel on our organic produce, nor do we use any mRNA or genetically modified organisms on our produce.

Tomatoes

  • Are Wholesum tomatoes organic?

    Yes! All of our produce is USDA Certified Organic, which means that we go the extra mile to make sure you only get the best.

  • Where are Wholesum tomatoes grown?

    We grow our tomatoes in several locations so that you can have your favorite produce year-round. Learn more about our farms here.

  • How do I know when a tomato is ripe?

    We time the harvesting of our tomatoes so that they should get to you at peak ripeness. Make sure that the tomato you select in your favorite store is a full, deep red.

  • How do I pick a good tomato?

    Choose tomatoes that have a deep color with no blemishes. Give it a gentle squeeze  – it should be firm.

  • What's the best way to slice tomatoes?

    Wash your tomatoes, then pat them dry and place them on a cutting board. Put the tomato on its side and slice off the top. Slice as thin or as thick as you’d like.

     

  • How do I store tomatoes?

    We recommend storing tomatoes in a cool, dry place away from other ethylene-producing fruits or vegetables such as bananas. Do not refrigerate. They will lose their flavor.

Eggplant

  • Is eggplant good for you?

    Yes! Eggplant is a healthy vegetable that includes vitamin A and vitamin C, which help protect your cells. It’s cholesterol-free, and low in sodium.

  • How do I store eggplant?

    Eggplant should be stored in a dry, cool spot on the counter away from direct sunlight.

  • What can I make with eggplant?

    Eggplant is a versatile vegetable that tastes great in many dishes! Check out our Recipes page for inspiration for your next meal!

Cucumbers

  • How do I store my cucumbers?

    Keep your organic cucumbers in the refrigerator, and make sure to enjoy within 4-6 days after purchase.

  • Are cucumbers healthy?

    Yes! At Wholesum, we grow our organic cucumbers with care. So when you see the Wholesum logo, you know it’s healthy.

  • Do you have to peel cucumbers?

    If you’re eating cucumbers raw, there’s no need to peel them! Simply rinse under water for a few seconds and pat dry before enjoying. However, if you plan on cooking your cucumbers, use a vegetable peeler and remove the skin before cooking.

  • Why are long English cucumbers wrapped in plastic?

    English cucumbers are often wrapped in plastic to protect their delicate skin, maintain freshness, and extend shelf life. At the moment, this is the best option to prevent bruising and dehydration during transportation and storage, ensuring that you receive a high-quality cucumber with minimal waste.

Squash

  • Are squash and zucchini the same thing?

    Zucchini is actually a type of squash – summer squash, to be exact.

  • Do you have to peel squash before eating?

    Nope! Just be sure to cut off the ends and wash for a few seconds before enjoying.

  • Can squash be eaten raw?

    Yes, squash can be eaten raw or cooked. Check out some of our favorite recipes.

Peppers

  • How do I take the seeds out of my peppers?

    First, remove the stem, and then use a spoon to scoop out the seeds.

  • What is the best way to store peppers?

    To keep your peppers fresh and crispy, place them in the vegetable crisper of your refrigerator. They should last 1-2 weeks when chilled.

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