Organic Grocers & Farmers Markets
Organic Grocers & Farmers Markets in Washington, DC
Farmers markets allow direct marketing between agricultural enterprises and urban communities. Not only does this eliminate the numerous "middlemen" that arise with grocery stores, but it also enables consumers to purchase local produce in a pleasant, unique atmosphere. According to the USDA, the number of farmers markets in the United States has grown dramatically over the past years, increasing 111 percent from 1994 to 2004.
Likewise, health food grocery stores and co-ops have grown in popularity across the country, and are just as ubiquitous as large supermarkets. Small, indendepently-owned grocery stores usually stock organic and fair trade products for the health and social-conscious consumer. Shopping at co-ops and independent health food stores is one of the best ways to support your local community.