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).

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
Panhandle Produce, Juneau
Sitka Farmers Market, Sitka
Salt and Soil Marketplace, Southeast Alaska

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Co-ops/Grocers 

Ozark Natural Foods, Fayetteville 

Farmers Markets

Fayetteville Farmer’s Market, Fayetteville

Arizona

Co-ops/Grocers 

Food Conspiracy Co-op, Tucson 

Georgia

Co-ops/Grocers

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Farmers Market

Athens Farmers Market, Athens

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Freedom Farmers Market, Atlanta 

Decatur Farmers Market (Wednesday and Saturday), Atlanta

Grant Park Farmers Market, Atlanta

Peachtree Road Farmers Market, Atlanta

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Piedmont Park Conservancy, Atlanta

Ponce City Farmers Market, Atlanta 

2_flowers.pngClarkesville Farmers Market, Clarkesville

2_flowers.pngConnie’s Cornucopia, North Georgia  

1_flower.pngLilburn Farmers Market, Lilburn

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Marietta Square Farmers Market, Marietta

Norcross Community Market, Norcross

Northeast GA Locally Grown, Rabun, Habersham and Hall County

Waygreen Local Fare Market, Waycross

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Idaho

Co-ops/Grocers

Moscow Food Co-op, Moscow 

Iowa

Farmers Markets

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Illinois

Farmers Markets 

Green City Market: Lincoln Park, Chicago

Green City Market: West Loop, Chicago

Green City Market: Indoor Market, Chicago

Indiana

Ft. Wayne Farmers Market, Fort Wayne

Louisiana

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Crescent City Farmers Market: Tuesday Uptown, New Orleans

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

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Crescent City Farmers Market: Sunday City Park, New Orleans

Maine

Co-ops/Grocers

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Maryland

Co-ops/Grocers

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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

Minnesota

Co-ops/Grocers

River Market Community Co-op, Stillwater

Farmers Markets

Mill City Farmers Market, Minneapolis 

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Northeast Farmers Market, Minneapolis 

Mississippi

Farmers Markets

Oxford Community Farmers Market, Oxford

Missouri

Farmers Markets

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

New York

Co-ops/Grocers

GreenStar Co-op, Ithaca

Farmers Markets

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Greenmarket: Fort Greene Park, 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

North Carolina

Co-ops/Grocers

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High Country Food Hub, Boone

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Weaver Street Market Co-op, Carrboro

Farmers Markets

King Street Farmers Market, Boone

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Holly Springs Farmers Market, Holly Springs

Ohio

Farmers Markets

Miami County Locally Grown, Miami County

Oklahoma

Farmers Markets

OSU-OKC Farmers Market, Oklahoma City

Oregon

Farmers Markets

Oregon City Farmers Market, Oregon City

Pennsylvania

Farmers Markets

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Rittenhouse Farmers’ Market, Philadelphia

1_flower.pngSommerset County Farmers Market, Sommerset

South Carolina 

Farmers Markets

Hub City Farmers Market, Spartanburg 

South Dakota 

Co-ops/Grocers

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Breadroot Natural Foods Co-op, Rapid City 

Tennessee

Farmers Markets

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Cooper-Young Farmers Market, Memphis

South Memphis Farmers Market, Memphis

East Nashville Farmers Market, Nashville

Johnson County Farmers Market, Mountain City

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Richland Park Farmers Market, Nashville

Texas

Farmers Markets

Galveston’s Own Farmers Market, Galveston

Virginia

Co-ops/Grocers

Ellwood Thompson’s Local Market, Richmond 

Fredericksburg Area CSA Project, Fredericksburg

Farmers Markets 

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

Washington

Farmers Market

Capitol Hill Broadway Market (Seattle Neighborhood Farmers Markets), Seattle

CANADA

Ontario

Farmers markets

Peterborough Regional Farmers’ Market, Peterborough