Consumer interest in organically produced goods has continued to grow, partly due to the health benefits associated with eating organic and partly due to concerns for our environment. This growing interest provides market incentives for farmers in the U.S. across a wide range of goods. Organic foods are usually more expensive than their non-organic counterparts making them not accessible to many. This article will help you know where to find organic food near you.
There are three main places you can get organic food – conventional grocery stores, natural food stores, and farmers markets. There are about 20,000 natural food stores selling organic products and most conventional grocery stores now have organic sections. One of the best places to get good organic food is a farmers’ market near you. You get to buy fresh fruits, vegetables, and grains directly from local farmers. The best part of it is that it is usually cheaper buying from such markets than from conventional grocery stores. You can use some online tools to locate farmer’s markets around you. But here are some popular farmers’ markets you should visit in the U.S.
Farmers’ Market – Los Angeles
This is a popular farmers market started in 1934 and runs all through the year except for Thanksgiving and Christmas. Musical shows are featured during the Summer on Thursdays and Fridays. You can also find restaurants offering organic foods.
Union Square Greenmarket – New York
This is a good spot to fresh fruits, vegetables, meat, fish, and other farm produce in New York City and attracts over 50,000 visitors every day.
Pike Place Market – Seattle
This market opens every day of the week and features various organic foods as well as artwork shops. While several of the sellers might close around 5 p.m., you can find several organic food restaurants that open late.
Charleston Farmers’ Market – Charleston
Running from April to December, this market situated in the Marion Square features everything from high-quality jewellery and handmade pasta to fresh vegetables and organic meats.
Copley Square Farmers’ Market – Boston
Located in the Back-Bay area, the market runs from May to November offering several local organic farm produce and foods.
Portland Farmers’ Market – Portland State University
Situated on the campus of PSU, this market runs from March to December and opens on Saturdays. You can find fresh organic farm products as well as great snacks and meals prepared with local ingredients.
Eastern Market – Washington D.C.
Situated in the Capitol Hill, this market is the oldest and amongst the largest, offering fresh farm produce in D.C. Running all through the year except on Mondays, you can find organic flowers, vegetables, meat, seafood, and more.
Sweet Auburn Market – Atlanta
This market runs all through the year except on Sundays and offers organic foods and products as well as restaurants that offer organically prepared meals.
Green City Market – Chicago
Just around the Lincoln Park, this market is open all year and features local organically produced foods as well as various educational programs. It extends outdoor from May through October, on Wednesdays and Saturdays.
Ferry Plaza Farmers’ Market – San Francisco
Situated on the San Francisco Bay, this market is open on Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Saturdays featuring fresh organic produce, artistic street foods, and local restaurants offering mouth-watering organically prepared dishes on the respective market days.