Guide to Exceptional Markets

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. Tier 2 and Tier 3 markets receive a higher level of recognition. To qualify, markets officially prefer or require their farmer vendors hold a certification. Find out what it takes to qualify for each Tier in our Tier Guide

Markets that qualify for Tier 2 or Tier 3 receive more benefits from Certified Naturally Grown. Check out our Benefits Guide to learn more about the perks of being a GEMs Market.

Get Listed!

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. Step 2: Register your interest in an upcoming webinar about GEMs (optional).

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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 several leading markets taking steps to ensure customer confidence and high quality vendors.

Alaska

Co-ops/Grocers
1_flower.pngHomer Farmers Market, Homer
1_flower.pngPanhandle Produce, Juneau
1_flower.pngSitka Farmers Market, Sitka
2_flowers.pngSalt and Soil Marketplace, Southeast Alaska

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Co-ops/Grocers 

Recognizes3.pngOzark Natural Foods, Fayetteville 

Farmers Markets

1_flower.pngBeebe Farmers' Market, Beebe

1_flower.pngFayetteville Farmer's Market, Fayetteville

1_flower.pngHillcrest Farmers Market, Little Rock

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 Siloam Springs Locally Grown, Siloam Springs

Arizona

Co-ops/Grocers 

Recognizes3.pngFood Conspiracy Co-op, Tucson 

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

3_flowers33.pngWest Broad Farmers Market, Athens

Recognizes3.pngFreedom Farmers Market, Atlanta 

2_flowers.pngDecatur Farmers Market (Wednesday and Saturday), Atlanta

2_flowers.pngGrant Park Farmers Market, Atlanta

Recognizes3.pngPeachtree Road Farmers Market, Atlanta

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Piedmont Park Conservancy, Atlanta

2_flowers.pngPonce City Farmers Market, Atlanta 

2_flowers.png Clarkesville Farmers Market, Clarkesville

2_flowers.pngThe Cumming Harvest, Cumming  

2_flowers.pngFarmers Market at Vickery Village, Cumming

1_flower.png Lilburn Farmers Market, Lilburn

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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

1_flower.pngRoswell Farmers and Artisans Market, Roswell

2_flowers.pngWaygreen Local Fare Market, Waycross

2_flowers.pngWednesday Market, Zebulon

Idaho

Co-ops/Grocers

1_flower.pngMoscow Food Co-op, Moscow 

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Farmers Markets

Recognizes3.pngLSI Global Greens Farmers' Market, Des Moines 

Illinois

Farmers Markets

1_flower.pngGlenwood Sunday Market, Chicago 

Recognizes3.pngGreen City Market: Lincoln Park, Chicago

Recognizes3.pngGreen City Market: West Loop, Chicago

Recognizes3.pngGreen City Market: Indoor Market, Chicago

Indiana

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3 Rivers Natural Grocery, Fort Wayne

2_flowers.pngFt. Wayne Farmers Market, Fort Wayne

Louisiana

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Crescent City Farmers Market: Saturday Downtown, New Orleans

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Crescent City Farmers Market: Thursday Mid-City, New Orleans

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Crescent City Farmers Market: Tuesday Uptown, New Orleans

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Crescent City Farmers Market: Wednesday Bywaters, New Orleans

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

Farmers Markets

1_flower.pngCrossroads Community Food Network, Takoma Park

Michigan

Farmers Markets

1_flower.pngKalamazoo Farmers Market, Kalamazoo

1_flower.pngPeople's Food Coop, 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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Missouri

Farmers Markets

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Lake St. Louis Farmers and Artists Market, Lake St. Louis

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Co-ops/Grocers

2_flowers.pngGreenStar Co-op, Ithaca

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Abundance Food Co-op, Rochester

1_flower.pngLori's Natural Foods, Rochester

Farmers Markets

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Greenmarket: Fort Greene Park, Brooklyn

1_flower.pngGreenmarket: Grand Army Plaza, Brooklyn

1_flower.pngSaratoga Clifton Park Farmers Market, Clifton Park

1_flower.pngHudson Farmers Market, Hudson

1_flower.pngGreenmarket: 97th Street Greenmarket, New York City

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Greenmarket: Abingdon Square, New York City

1_flower.pngSaratoga Farmers Market Saturday, Saratoga

1_flower.pngSaratoga Farmers Market Wednesday, Saratoga

1_flower.pngSchenectady Greenmarket, Schenectady

North Carolina

Co-ops/Grocers

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High Country Food Hub, Boone

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King Street Farmers Market, Boone

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Weaver Street Market Co-op, Carrboro

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Holly Springs Farmers Market, Holly Springs

Ohio

Farmers Markets

1_flower.png2nd Street Market, Dayton

1_flower.pngMiami County Locally Grown, Miami County

Oklahoma

Farmers Markets

1_flower.pngOSU-OKC Farmers Market, Oklahoma City

Oregon

Farmers Markets

2_flowers.pngOregon City Farmers Market, Oregon City

1_flower.pngUmpqua Valley Farmers Market, Roseburg

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 Carolina 

Farmers Markets

1_flower.pngHub City Farmers Market, Spartanburg 

South Dakota 

Co-ops/Grocers

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Breadroot Natural Foods Co-op, Rapid City 

Tennesse

Co-ops/Grocers

1_flower.pngDemeter's Common, Lebanon

Farmers Markets

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Cooper-Young Farmers Market, Memphis

1_flower.pngMemphis Farmers Market, Memphis

1_flower.pngSouth Memphis Farmers Market, Memphis

1_flower.pngEast Nashville Farmers Market, Nashville

1_flower.pngJohnson County Farmers Market, Mountain City

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Richland Park Farmers Market, Nashville

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

1_flower.pngForest Farmers Market, Forest

Washington

Farmers Market

1_flower.pngCapitol Hill Broadway Market (Seattle Neighborhood Farmers Markets), Seattle

1_flower.pngU-District Market (Seattle Neighborhood Farmers Markets), Seattle

 

CANADA

New Brunswick

Farmers markets

1_flower.pngSalisbury Farmers and Artisans Market, Salisbury

Ontario

Farmers markets

2_flowers.pngPeterborough Regional Farmers' Market, Peterborough

 

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