The best farmer's markets are the ones that celebrate local, sustainable farmers and makers. They go the extra mile to make their local food systems more transparent and accessible. The nine markets listed below are committed to sustainable practices by preferring to work with, and in some cases even requiring their producers to become Certified Naturally Grown or organic.
Learn more about markets across the country that recognize CNG in our Guide to Exceptional Markets (GEMs).
Athens Farmer's Market
We love this market not only because they require produce and livestock farmers to be either Certified Naturally Grown or organic, but also because they do a great job educating their community about food and farming, and celebrating all things local.
Peachtree Road Farmers Market
Another market that requires produce and livestock farmers to hold a certification, the Peachtree Road Farmers Market is the largest producer-only market in Georgia. Every week you'll find a demonstration by a local chef, live music, and 50 local vendors.
Kalamazoo Farmer's Market
With dozens of growers and producers, live music, food trucks, and a courtyard for snacking, the Kalamazoo Farmers Market is the place to be every Saturday. Committed to transparency, this market posts a detailed list of vendors and their certifications.
Green City Market
Green City Market was the first market in the country to require their farmers to be certified by a nationally-recognized third party agency, like Certified Naturally Grown. Today, they run three bustling farmer's markets in Chicago.
Northeast Farmers Market
This community-run market is a beautiful Saturday destination in Northeast Minneapolis, where people can pick up locally grown and sustainably raised foods, get their bike repaired, and check out local art. There are currently two Certified Naturally Grown Farms at this market--Burning River Farm and Racing Heart Farm--and hopefully more to come!
Nourish Knoxville: Market Square Farmer's Market
Knoxville's Market Square Farmer's Market, which is supported by Nourish Knoxville, is a vibrant market that goes above and beyond to connect the community with their local growers. This downtown market offers kids activities and a unique "veggie valet" service for shoppers who need a place to store their veggies while they get their car. Plus, there's kids activities, educational events, and an annual Local Food Guide that lists local farmers and their certifications.
Oregon City Farmer's Market
Oregon City, Oregon
With five Certified Naturally Grown vendors, the Oregon City Farmers Market guarantees a fresh array of produce that comes from local farms who uphold the highest ecological standards. In addition to delicious fresh produce, you'll find locally made spirits, wine, honey, hemp products, and hand-crafted goods.
Umpqua Valley Farmer's Market
Nestled near the Umpqua River in Roseburg, Oregon is the Umpqua Valley Farmer's Market. You can find 50 vendors here every weekend, selling fresh produce, plants, prepared food, flowers and baked goods. Three of the vegetable farms at this market are Certified Naturally Grown, so you know you'll find top-notch, nutrient-dense food here!
Wenatchee Valley Farmers Market
Located on the Columbia River Bank in Northwest Washington, the Wenatchee Valley Farmer's Market is a destination for locally grown produce, made-from-scratch prepared foods, and artisanal breads. This market is proud to support Certified Naturally Grown, with Radix Farm leading the way.
Photo Credits from Top to Bottom:
Diamond Hill Farm at Athens Farmer's Market (from Instagram)
McMullan Family Farm at Peachtree Road Farmer's Market
Kalamazoo Farmer's Market (from Instagram)
Green City Market (from Instagram)
Northeast Famer's Market (from Instagram)
Adrienne Gibson of A Place of the Heart Farm at Market Square Farmer's Market
Maggy's Farm at Oregon City Farmer's Market
Big Lick Farm at Umpqua Valley Farmer's Market
Radix Farm at Wenatchee Valley Farmer's Market by Robert Inn