There are two types of markets that you can shop to purchase organic foods: retail (which includes physical locations as well as online stores) and farmers markets.
Retail markets offer a wide variety of organic and non-GMO verified foods, as well as locally sourced (grown within 100 miles of its point of purchase or consumption) foods. Several large retailers that now carry a large number of organic food items are Costco, Target, Whole Foods, Earth Fare, with Costco leading the pack.
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A farmers' market is a physical retail market featuring foods sold directly by farmers to consumers. Farmers' markets typically consist of booths, tables or stands, outdoors or indoors, where farmers sell fruits, vegetables, meats, and sometimes prepared foods and beverages. They are distinguished from public markets, which are generally housed in permanent structures, open year-round, and offer a variety of non-farmer/producer vendors, packaged foods and non-food products.
Farmers' markets exist worldwide and reflect their local culture and economy. Their size ranges from a few stalls to several city blocks. In some cultures, live animals, imported delicacies unavailable locally, and personal goods and crafts are sold. Recently, consumer demand for foods that are fresher (spend less time in transit) and foods with more variety—has led to growth of farmers' markets as preferred food-retailing mechanisms.
Benefits of Farmers’ Markets
Among the benefits often touted for communities with farmers' markets:
- Farmers' markets help maintain important social ties, linking rural and urban populations and even close neighbors in mutually rewarding exchange.
- market traffic generates traffic for nearby businesses
- buying at markets encourages attention to the surrounding area and ongoing activities
- by providing outlets for 'local' products, farmers' markets help create distinction and uniqueness, which can increase pride and encourage visitors to
Reduced transport, storage, and refrigeration can benefit communities too:
- lower transport & refrigeration energy costs
- lower transport pollution
- lower transport infrastructure cost (roads, bridges, etc.)
- less land dedicated to food storage
A manager of the McClintock Fountains Farmers Market reported that 90% of the money gained at farmers' markets stays in the community. This money also stays in the community longer than money that supports larger corporations. Market owners are often paying clients, 'paying' the local community for the
space they use.
Farmers' markets may also contribute to innovative distribution means that strengthen civic engagement by reducing the social distances between urban and
rural communities. With fewer intermediaries, the support of independent growers by local community members can enhance local economic
opportunities and health & wellness in poor communities.
Consumers often favor farmers' markets for:
- reduced overhead: driving, parking, etc.
- fresher foods
- seasonal foods
- healthier foods
- a better variety of foods, e.g.: organic foods, pasture-raised meats, free-range eggs and poultry, handmade farmstead cheeses, heirloom produce heritage breeds of meat and many less transport-immune
cultivars disfavored by large grocers
- a place to meet neighbors, chat, etc.
- a place to enjoy an outdoor walk while getting needed groceries
Individuals often favor farmers' markets as a way to personally contribute to the community benefits of reducing transport, storage, & refrigeration.
According to Farmers Markets of America, customers drawn to farmers’ markets shop locally for three main reasons: food quality, better prices, and a great social atmosphere.
Evidence seems to show that overall prices at a typical farmers' market are lower than prices at a supermarket because the process of production is more concise; there is less distance to travel and fewer middlemen.
Based on a figure shown in Farmers Markets of America, the prices at a farmers' market are lower than prices at a supermarket 91% of the time.
Another reason that many shop at farmers' markets is that they provide produce at a much higher quality. Robert Sommer argues in his book that “there is no
question that farmers’ market produce is fresher and more flavorful”.
Visit Organic for an extensive list of Organic Stores and Farmers Markets in the USA.