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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.
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).
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.
Ozark Natural Foods, Fayetteville
Fayetteville Farmer’s Market, Fayetteville
Food Conspiracy Co-op, Tucson
Daily Groceries Co-op, Athens
Athens Farmers Market, Athens
West Broad Farmers Market, Athens
Freedom Farmers Market, Atlanta
Grant Park Farmers Market, Atlanta
Peachtree Road Farmers Market, Atlanta
Piedmont Park Conservancy, Atlanta
Ponce City Farmers Market, Atlanta
Clarkesville Farmers Market, Clarkesville
Connie’s Cornucopia, North Georgia
Lilburn Farmers Market, Lilburn
Marietta Square Farmers Market, Marietta
Norcross Community Market, Norcross
Northeast GA Locally Grown, Rabun, Habersham and Hall County
Waygreen Local Fare Market, Waycross
Wednesday Market, Zebulon
Moscow Food Co-op, Moscow
LSI Global Greens Farmers’ Market, Des Moines
Green City Market: Lincoln Park, Chicago
Green City Market: West Loop, Chicago
Green City Market: Indoor Market, Chicago
Ft. Wayne Farmers Market, Fort Wayne
Crescent City Farmers Market: Tuesday Uptown, New Orleans
Crescent City Farmers Market: Thursday Mid-City, New Orleans
Crescent City Farmers Market: Sunday City Park, New Orleans
Founding Farmers Community Market, Gardiner
Dawson’s Market, Rockville
Takoma Park-Silver Spring Food Co-op, Takoma Park
Crossroads Community Food Network, Takoma Park
Kalamazoo Farmers Market, Kalamazoo
River Market Community Co-op, Stillwater
Mill City Farmers Market, Minneapolis
Northeast Farmers Market, Minneapolis
Oxford Community Farmers Market, Oxford
Lake St. Louis Farmers and Artists Market, Lake St. Louis
GreenStar Co-op, Ithaca
Greenmarket: Fort Greene Park, Brooklyn
Saratoga Clifton Park Farmers Market, Clifton Park
Hudson Farmers Market, Hudson
Greenmarket: 97th Street Greenmarket, New York City
Greenmarket: Abingdon Square, New York City
Saratoga Farmers Market Saturday, Saratoga
Saratoga Farmers Market Wednesday, Saratoga
High Country Food Hub, Boone
Weaver Street Market Co-op, Carrboro
King Street Farmers Market, Boone
Holly Springs Farmers Market, Holly Springs
Miami County Locally Grown, Miami County
Oregon City Farmers Market, Oregon City
Rittenhouse Farmers’ Market, Philadelphia
Sommerset County Farmers Market, Sommerset
Breadroot Natural Foods Co-op, Rapid City
Cooper-Young Farmers Market, Memphis
Richland Park Farmers Market, Nashville
Galveston’s Own Farmers Market, Galveston
Ellwood Thompson’s Local Market, Richmond
Fredericksburg Area CSA Project, Fredericksburg
Peterborough Regional Farmers’ Market, Peterborough