Guide to Exceptional Markets

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We honor the food co-ops, grocers, and farmers markets that affirm their Certified Naturally Grown producers that take the extra steps to highlight and verify their practices.

How does a market get listed?

Markets can qualify for the first Tier by having at least one CNG vendor, and explicitly recognizing their certification. To receive a higher level of recognition, additional criteria must be met (more information here). Markets that qualify for Tier 2 or Tier 3 receive greater benefits from Certified Naturally Grown.

Benefits of being a GEMs Market

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Tier 1: Recognize

- Social media promotion
- Inclusion in the Guide to Exceptional Markets (GEMs)
- Free laminated sign promoting your GEMs listing
- Permission to use Exceptional Market badge for your Tier

Tier 2: Prefer

- All the benefits included in Tier 1
PLUS
- Free banner design
- Free press release
- Free temporary tattoos for market booth
- Priority assistance involving community stakeholders in CNG farm inspections

Tier 3: Require

- All the benefits included in Tiers 1 and 2
PLUS
- Dedicated blog post about your market
- Other collaborations we can think up together!

Could my market qualify?

Find out what it takes to qualify for each Tier in our Tier Guide

Who has done this? 

Find all our Exceptional Markets listed below. We feature shining examples on social media and our blog posts. For example, 9 Exceptional Farmers Markets in the US and Food Co-ops and Independent Grocers that Prefer CNG celebrate the leading markets taking steps to ensure customer confidence and high quality vendors.

Please take the steps to join these Exceptional Markets! We would be delighted to add yours to our roster. 

Step 1: Click the button below, and #PitchYourMarket.

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Alaska

Co-ops/Grocers
1_flower.pngPanhandle Produce, Juneau
1_flower.pngSalt and Soil Marketplace, Southeast Alaska

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Co-ops/Grocers 

Recognizes3.pngOzark Natural Foods, Fayetteville 

Recognizes3.pngNew South Produce Cooperative, Little Rock 

 

Farmers Markets

1_flower.pngBeebe Farmers' Market, Beebe

1_flower.pngFayetteville Farmer's Market, Fayetteville

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 Siloam Springs Locally Grown, Siloam Springs

 

Arizona

Co-ops/Grocers 

1_flower.pngAqua Vita, Tucson  

Recognizes3.pngFood Conspiracy Co-op, Tucson 

 

Colorado

Co-ops/Grocers

1_flower.pngSouthwest Farm Fresh Co-op, Mancos  

 

Florida

Co-ops/Grocers

1_flower.pngNew Leaf Market Co-op, Tallahassee

 

Georgia

Co-ops/Grocers

2_flowers.pngDaily Groceries Co-op, Athens  

Farmers Market

Recognizes3.pngAthens Farmers Market, Athens 

Recognizes3.pngGrant Park Farmers Market, Atlanta

Recognizes3.pngPeachtree Road Farmers Market, Atlanta 

2_flowers.pngClarkesville Farmers Market, Clarkesville 

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Marietta Square Farmers Market, Marietta

2_flowers.pngNorcross Community Market, Norcross

2_flowers.pngNortheast GA Locally Grown, Rabun, Habersham and Hall County

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Piedmont Park Conservancy, Atlanta

3_flowers3.pngPonce City Farmers Market, Atlanta 

1_flower.pngRoswell Farmers and Artisans Market, Roswell

2_flowers.pngThe Cumming Harvest, Cumming  

2_flowers.pngFarmers Market at Vickery Village, Cumming

2_flowers.pngWednesday Market, Zebulon

3_flowers33.pngWest Broad Farmers Market, Athens

 

Idaho

Co-ops/Grocers

1_flower.pngMoscow Food Co-op, Moscow 

 

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Co-ops/Grocers 

1_flower.pngIowa Food Cooperative, Des Moines 

Farmers Markets

Recognizes3.pngLSI Global Greens Farmers' Market, Des Moines 

 

Illinois

Farmers Markets

Recognizes3.pngGreen City Market Lincoln Park, Chicago

Recognizes3.pngGreen City Market West Loop, Chicago

Recognizes3.pngGreen City Market Indoor Market, Chicago

 

Indiana

1_flower.png3 Rivers Natural Grocery, Fort Wayne

 

Maine

Co-ops/Grocers

1_flower.pngFounding Farmers Community Market, Gardiner

 

Maryland

Co-ops/Grocers

 2_flowers.pngDawson's Market, Rockville

1_flower.pngTakoma Park-Silver Spring Food Co-op, Takoma Park

 

Michigan

Farmers Markets

1_flower.pngKalamazoo Farmers Market, Kalamazoo

 

Minnesota

Co-ops/Grocers

1_flower.pngRiver Market Community Co-op, Stillwater

Farmers Markets

1_flower.pngMill City Farmers Market, Minneapolis 

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Northeast Farmers Market, Minneapolis 

 

Mississippi

Farmers Markets

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Co-ops/Grocers

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Abundance Food Co-op, Rochester

1_flower.pngLori's Natural Foods, Rochester

Farmers Markets

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Fort Greene Park Greenmarket, Brooklyn

1_flower.pngGrand Army Plaza Greenmarket, Brooklyn

1_flower.pngAbingdon Square Greenmarket, New York City

1_flower.png97th Street Greenmarket, New York City

1_flower.pngSaranac Lake Village Market, Saranac Lake

1_flower.pngLake Placid Farmers Market, Lake Placid

 

North Carolina

Co-ops/Grocers

1_flower.pngWeaver Street Market Co-op, Carrboro

 

Ohio

Farmers Markets

1_flower.pngMiami County Locally Grown, Miami County

 

Oregon

Farmers Markets

2_flowers.pngOregon City Farmers Market, Oregon City

1_flower.pngUmpqua Valley Farmers Market, Rosedale

 

Pennsylvania

Co-ops/Grocers

1_flower.pngEast End Food Co-op, Pittsburgh

Farmers Markets

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Dickinson Square Park Farmers' Market, Philadelphia

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Media Farmers' Market, Media

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Rittenhouse Farmers' Market, Philadelphia

1_flower.pngThe Bryn Mawr Farmers' Market, Bryn Mawr

1_flower.pngSwarthmore Farmers Market, Swarthmore

South Dakota 

Co-ops/Grocers

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Breadroot Natural Foods Co-op, Rapid City 

 

Tennessee

Co-ops/Grocers

2_flowers.pngThree Rivers Market Co-op, Knoxville 

Farmers Markets

1_flower.pngNourish Knoxville's Market Square Farmers Market, Knoxville

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Cooper-Young Farmers Market, Memphis

1_flower.pngSouth Memphis Farmers Market, Memphis

1_flower.pngJohnson County Farmers Market, Mountain City

1_flower.pngEast Nashville Farmers Market, Nashville

1_flower.pngSouth Cumberland Farmers Market, Franklin, Coffee, Grundy, and Marion Counties

 

Texas

Farmers Markets

2_flowers.pngGalveston's Own Farmers Market, Galveston

 

Virginia

Co-ops/Grocers

2_flowers.pngEllwood Thompson's Local Market, Richmond 

Recognizes3.pngFredericksburg Area CSA Project, Fredericksburg

Farmers Markets 

 1_flower.pngFarmers Market at Saint Stephen's Episcopal Church, Richmond


Washington

Farmers Markets 

1_flower.pngWenatchee Valley Farmers Market, Wenatchee

 

 

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