We have kept a tight lip since the end of October in our acceptance letter from our certifying agent - Pennsylvania Certified Organic - we were approved for inspection. Might not seem as much but, it is a great relief that all of our paper work was approved for the final inspection. Their main objective is to verify all we have reported and are actually following the rules.
Our inspection was yesterday December 9th, 2014 and we had such a wonderful experience with our USDA inspector. Our inspection lasted 4.5 hours. As some of you already know, it was so nerve racking to us to have such an official come through and go through all our stuff and verify all that is being reported. Even though we knew all was correct, just having an intense 4.5 hours of paper trails and linking back to lot#'s and suppliers etc., it is very intense on the mind. We are so glad that our organizational skills have really paid off in record keeping.
Inspectors need to report back to the certifying agent as to our ability to comply with the USDA organic standard and as far as he can see and report we are in the clear. Now it is up to the certifying agent PCO to accept his report and if they need other information from us. And if all is satisfactory to PCO - our certifying agent - we will hear back very shortly about our seal. It would be real nice to receive it before Christmas Day and a great present for sure.
On a lighter note...
Just Skin Food is now offering Gift Certificates online and if anyone is local in Cape May just ping us and you can pick up the Gift Certificates locally.
Our first small business Saturday on Nov, 29th 2014 at Green Street Market went fantastic. We had gift baskets and products for Sale and there were so many wonderful Artisan makers there as well.
Green Street Market is also carrying our Gift Baskets during the Holidays, so stop by and check them out.
As always, Be Well and as soon as we hear back from our USDA certifying agent we will display the seal on our website.