How to Buy Local Organic Foods

Buying local organic foods reduces the amount of pollution that is associated with buying foods from distant places. Also, it helps support local farmers and food producers. Although the prices may be higher than non-organic foods, such foods are often healthier. The following is a guide on how to buy local organic foods.


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    Visit local grocery stores.
    • Some grocery stores carry local organic foods.
    • Check for an organic produce, organic dairy, and/or organic meat section.
    • Local products are often advertised as such.
    • If it is unclear whether or not an organic food was produced locally, verify it with a store employee.
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    Visit local farmers' markets.
    • Such facilities often offer locally produced foods.
    • Local and organic are 2 separate terms. Confirm that an item was produced both locally and organically before purchasing it.
    • Confirm with a store employee whether or not an item was produced locally and organically if it is not clear.
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    Purchase a share in a local community-supported agriculture ( CSA ) program.
    • Doing so means that you pay for a portion of a local farm's operating expenses.
    • You will receive fresh produce in return for your payments.
    • Verify with the farmer whether or not the produce is produced organically.
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    Join a local food co-op.
    • You will have to pay dues and/or do some work.
    • Members of co-ops often receive food at discounted prices.
    • Confirm with other members of the co-op that the food is produced locally and organically before joining the group.
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    Contact or visit local restaurants.
    • Some may offer local organic foods.
    • Check their menus or ask an employee if they offer local organic foods.


  • Buy foods that are in-season, as their prices and availability will be more favorable to consumers. For example, if bananas are abundant in your area in August, buy a lot of bananas if you like them.
  • Local organic foods can be frozen for use during winter. This can help you avoid using non-local foods during such times.
  • Foods may have to meet specific requirements to be labeled as "Organic" in your area. For example, the United States Department of Agriculture's (USDA) National Organic Program regulates the standards for organic foods in the United States. Confirm that the food you are considering purchasing is labeled with the appropriate regulatory body's label in your area.
  • The availability of local produce will vary from area to area. For example, although 1 may expect to find more local produce in rural areas, approximately 1/3 of all farms in the US are in metropolitan areas. If there are no farms in your area, consider purchasing from farms in relatively nearby areas, even though they may not be considered local.
  • You may be able to find the location of local organic food retailers on the Internet.
  • Organic food isn't only good for the environment, it's better for you. At least you know that you aren't eating pesticides. Also avoid gluten, grains, sugar, too much dairy, soda, GMO, and concentrate.

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