5 Sources For Fresh Organic Produce
As Western culture becomes more food-conscious, consumers are increasingly seeking out organic produce free of synthetics and pesticides. It's thanks to farms and markets that these items have become so accessible. Consider the places here, and get fresh foods while supporting your community. This video was made with Ezvid Wikimaker.
5 Places Providing Fresh and Organic Foods
|Macknade||Kent, United Kingdom|
|Heirloom Farmers Markets||Various locations in Southern Arizona|
|Stout Oak Farm||Brentwood, New Hampshire|
|Rainbow Blossom Natural Food Markets||Louisville, Kentucky and New Albany, Indiana|
|Wright-Locke Farm||Winchester, Massachusetts|
Meet the Local Food Producers of Heirloom Farmers Markets
Organizations that Support Farmers & Agriculture
|Farm Rescue||Horace, ND||Help family farms and ranches bridge crises so they have an opportunity to continue viable operations|
|Ohio Ecological Food and Farm Association||Columbus, OH||Support family farmers and sustainable local food systems|
|Western Canadian Wheat Growers Association||Calgary, Alberta||Develop policy solutions that strengthen the profitability and sustainability of farming and the agricultural industry|
|Farming First||Brussels, Belgium||Identify and promote the many ways in which sustainable agricultural development can be advanced worldwide|
|Cultivate Kansas City||Kansas City, MO||Grow food, farms, and community in support of a sustainable and healthy local food system for all|
Stout Oak Farm's Fresh Produce
Most people are interested in eating a healthy diet and consuming whole, fresh ingredients. However, sometimes we might not know exactly where to find certified organic produce other than our local grocery store. Whether it is a family farm, farmers market, or a natural food store, in no particular order, here are 5 sources where you can find a plethora of organic produce.
First up at #1 is Macknade, a food hall located in Kent in the United Kingdom. Macknade has been in the same family for six generations starting out as a farm in 1847. While the family no longer farms the land, they still provide quality, fresh and personally selected fruit and vegetables.
Produce is selected from around the globe, as well as from Kent, to ensure a fresh and vibrant range at any time of the year. The range of produce includes over 300 ethically sourced varieties. Inside the Flagship Food Hall is row upon row of specialty fine foods and daily essentials, as well as a cafe serving up dishes made from ingredients available in-store.
Produce is selected from around the globe, as well as from Kent, to ensure a fresh and vibrant range at any time of the year.
Next at #2 is Heirloom Farmers Markets, a non-profit operating five farmers markets in Southern Arizona. The goal is to connect, educate, and empower the community to create a food system that supports local producers and proprietors. Since 1998, Heirloom has been dedicated to promoting local food and improving farm viability.
The non-profit is helping to build a food system that honors producers, values good local food, and enhances quality of life for Tucson and the surrounding areas. Heirloom has grown from its first year with 5 participating farms to more than 22 farms, 150 vendors and more than 2,200 people attending the farmers markets weekly.
And at #3 is Stout Oak Farm, an organic vegetable farm in Brentwood, New Hampshire. Stout Oak grows 5 acres of Certified Organic vegetables for the farm store, CSA shares, farmers markets, and wholesale accounts. The store is stocked with Stout Oak's vegetables and seedlings, as well as many items from other local farms.
The store is stocked with Stout Oak's vegetables and seedlings, as well as many items from other local farms.
All vegetables, herbs, flowers, and seedlings are Certified Organic by the New Hampshire Department of Agriculture, Markets, and Food. Stout Oak Farm manages its land without the use of herbicides, synthetic fertilizers, or synthetic pesticides. The farm has been solar powered since 2017 and is now producing over 95% of the electricity used on the property.
Coming in at #4 is Rainbow Blossom Natural Food Markets. The company was started in 1977 by Rob and Pumpkin Auerbach and is managed today by their daughter Summer. Food sold at the markets is free of synthetic preservatives and artificial colors and flavors. Rainbow Blossom maintains close relationships with local and regional farmers to provide the freshest produce possible.
More than 99% of the produce sold by Rainbow Blossom Natural Food Markets is grown with organic growing methods and without the use of artificial pesticides or fertilizers. Although organic and in-season varieties are the first choice, when they are not available, the market offers high-quality alternative produce.
Although organic and in-season varieties are the first choice, when they are not available, the market offers high-quality alternative produce.
Last on the list at #5 is Wright-Locke Farm, located in Winchester, Massachusetts. The 382-year-old property is being reborn as a community farm offering certified-organic produce and other local items, educational programs for children and adults, seasonal volunteer opportunities, hiking trails that lead to conservation land, and special events for the community.
Wright-Locke Farm uses certified organic practices that are reviewed and approved each year by Baystate Organic Certifiers. The farm grows a wide range of market crops throughout the season on roughly 2 acres of cultivated land. The main crops include raspberries, lettuces, kale, eggplant, carrots, tomatoes, and more. Wright-Locke also grows herbs, cultivates flowers, and raises animals.