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  1. Farmhand Foods

    www.farmhandfoods.com, Durham, NC, 27701 Farmhand Foods connects North Carolina's pasture-based livestock farmers with local food lovers, restaurants and retailers. They source from a network of small-scale farmers who raise their animals humanely, on pasture, without feeding antibiotics or animal by-products or using added hormones. Farmhand Foods does the legwork necessary to get a consistent selection of quality local meats into local markets. A woman owned business, co-founders, Jennifer Curtis & Tina Prevatte, are passionate about supporting family farms and building a sustainable local food system here in North Carolina. They are committed to paying farmers fairly and to conducting…

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    • Abilicious Bakery

      http://abiliciousbakery.com/ P.O. Box 940, Pittsboro, NC 27312 Abi Wilson didn't get discouraged when she discovered she had allergies to gluten. Instead, she got busy. With the help of two Slow Money loans, one for a industrial mixer and the other for a commercial grade oven in 2010, she started Abilicious Bakery. Abi makes delicious gluten-free baked goods and granolas, inventing fabulous recipes and adding new customers almost daily! She sources local ingredients as much as possible, sells at local Farmer's Markets, and runs her own gluten-free CSA, or rather CSB. Her snickerdoodles can't be beat. She's added an employee, picked…

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      • Journey To Bliss

        Clean Food. Simply Made. Intentionally Good For You.

        At Journey To Bliss, we make a line of prepared, raw, vegan food products under the brand name Intentional Food. We strive to employ every concept of intention in our products—from ethically obtained ingredients of the highest nutritional value, to conscious packaging and business practices. We are located in Smyrna, Tennessee, where Intentional Food is produced in a certified commercial kitchen.

        Our product mix consists of fresh, raw vegetable entrees, nut and seed-based fermented cheeses, and fruit and nut desserts. We use the freshest and cleanest ingredients, and prepare each dish without…

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        • Nashville Grown

          Nashville Grown is Nashville's first food hub, preparing to launch in May 2012. With a network of urban farms and community gardens within an hour's drive of Nashville's center, Nashville Grown will aggregate and distribute sustainably-grown produce to local restaurants, grocery stores, and institutions. This will increase year-round, 24/7 access to local food, help existing farms grow, and enable new farms--even teeny tiny ones in the urban core--to thrive. www.nashvillegrown.org

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          • Dandelion Communitea Cafe

            This is a local restaurant that is an absolute treasure in our community. Having to hold its own against a myriad of chains in the area, this place provides a delicious array of Vegan dishes and features local artwork and music. It gives back to the community endlessly and it's a joy to eat there. -- this business can be found at: Orlando 407-362-1864 julie@dandelioncommunitea.com http://dandelioncommunitea.com

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            • Dig It Local

              Dig It Local is committed to growing our local food economy by helping farmers extend their market reach with minimal investment, and by introducing a new community of people to the joys, and new tastes of eating fresh, healthy, locally grown and produced foods.

              We work with the vendors at farmers' markets to make their goods available online. We then take that online marketplace to an organization outside the reach of the market where people's busy schedules often complicate access to local food. Employees are then able to learn about the farmers and food makers and place custom orders online.…

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              • Fort Lauderdale Vegetables

                www.fortlauderdalevegetables.com Fort Lauderdale Vegetables LLC was founded on the principle that local farms and farmers are fundamental to community building, improving the environment, a source of safe reliable food and creating economical living wage careers in sustainable agriculture.

                What We Do

                The primary Operation:
                Decentralized Farm;

                An environmentally and economical sustainable urban farming system that creates a network of secure healthy food sources of naturally grown vegetables, fruits, and eggs, while providing local jobs and vocational training in the sustainable agricultural industry.

                294 votes
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                • ploughshare farm

                  www.ploughsharefarm.com Ploughshare Farm has been a proven sucessful CSA model, growing vegetables to over a 1000 people thoughout MN since 2002. Ploughshare Farm also has a mission of helping connect thos that would otherwise be unable to afford organic vegetables. The owner, Gary Brever is the founder of the "Food For Folk Project," an innovative idea that connects local farms with foodshelves thoughout the state of MN. The Food For Folk Project, now headed up by the Emergency Foodshelf Network's, "Harvest for the Hungry Program" enables farmers to get a fair price for their produce while at the same time…

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                  • Saxapahaw General Store

                    The Saxapahaw General Store epitomizes slow money, local food, community and a wonderful zeitgeist. They rightfully call themselves "Your local five-star gas station." The food is cooked to order by a great group of guys that the owner has personally shepherded and taught. The co-owner, Jeff, also the chef, is trained as a butcher and brings his love of well-raised meats to star on an ever-changing menu. They are huge supporters of local farmers -- the kind of place where you can drop in with a few dozen eggs -- extras from your backyard flock -- and they will happily…

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                    • Out Of The Box

                      Out of the Box Collective is a weekly home delivery service based in Los Angeles, bringing local, traceable, sustainably-produced groceries to your doorstep, accompanied by a mealplan and recipes to see you through the week. Eat the Love!

                      MISSION:
                      Our single mission at Out Of The Box is summed up in one phrase, EAT THE LOVE!
                      Eat The Love is the mother mission of these powerful, integrated aims:

                      To create a sustainable distribution system for local produce and artisan-made products, with minimum food miles.

                      To facilitate people’s growing desire to eat local.

                      To encourage the development of sustainable farming and…

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                      • Egg Restaurant

                        Egg is a small farm-to-table restaurant in Williamsburg, Brooklyn that recently received its "Snail of Approval" from Slow Foods. It also operates a 6 acre farm in Oak Hill, NY which supplies most of the produce for the restaurant. In addition, Egg has taken the initiative to expand excess to farm foods and funding in the Williamsburg community. They are currently partnered with the Automotive High School to support the "Food, Land and You" program, which teaches students about food and agriculture through gardening. Their bi-annual fundraising dinners make field trips to local farms in NY a reality and also…

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                        • Chatham Marketplace

                          480 Hillsboro Street Pittsboro, NC 27312 Co-operative Grocery and Deli Focusing on locally grown and made products

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                          • Sweet Water Organics

                            Sweet Water Organics is an urban farm in Milwaukee, Wisconsin using aquaponics and other methods to go good clean produce and protein for the community. Set up in an unused crane factory Sweet Water has transformed the space into a living breathing urban farm. More information can be found at www.sweetwater-organic.com

                            181 votes
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                            • Planet Organics

                              Planet Organics is a locally owned and family operated home delivery service offering top quality organic and local produce, artisan foods, groceries, household items, and organic prepared meals to food lovers throughout Northern California.

                              www.planetorganics.com
                              service@planetorganics.com

                              1-800-956-5855
                              Planet Organics, Inc.
                              19449 Riverside Dr., Suite 100
                              Sonoma, CA 95476

                              175 votes
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                              • Indigenous

                                Indigenous is all about beautiful hand made fashion that is good for people & the planet.
                                • We design and market premium organic & fair trade apparel to specialty retailers across the United States.
                                • What is Organic Apparel? It is apparel made from natural fibers that are grown organically without the use of harmful pesticides and chemicals.
                                • What is Fair Trade? Fair trade is an alternative to Sweat Shop Labor that ensures workers receive a fair living wage and are treated with dignity & respect.
                                • Indigenous is driven by a passion to increase demand for certified organic…

                                162 votes
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                                • Provenance Food and Wine

                                  Provenance Food and Wine is a locally-owned specialty food and beverage retailer with two locations in the city of Chicago. Co-owners Tracy Kellner and Joe Patt are devoted to sourcing and promoting a wide variety of locally-grown/produced artisan foods. They often conduct in-store tastings to introduce their loyal and new customers alike to fresh, delicious products that are available from midwest farmers, ranchers, bakers, cheesemakers, brewers, confectioners and food artisans. -- this business can be found at: Chicago, IL 773.784.2314 tracy@provenancefoodandwine.com http://provenancefoodandwine.com/

                                  162 votes
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                                  • Little City Kitchen Co.

                                    Little City Kitchen Co. is a San Francisco Bay Area producer of organic, handcrafted, frozen baby food with and International twist. We're built around the belief exposing kids at an early age to various flavors, textures, and spices sets them up to be healthy eaters later in life. The majority of our ingredients are sourced directly from farms within 100 miles of the Bay Area. There’s nothing better than turning locally grown fruits & vegetables (likely harvested yesterday!) into baby food that nourishes our youngest eaters. Some of our fun flavors include Cuban black beans with roasted plantain, mango &…

                                    153 votes
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                                    • Archi's Acres

                                      http://www.archisacres.com Archi’s Acres is a small scale Slow Money organic hydroponic farm in Southern California operated by decorated Marine Sergeant Colin Archipley and his wife Karen. The Archipleys created the Veterans Sustainable Agriculture Training program, the first in the country to offer combat veterans training and placement services in sustainable agriculture. With veteran joblessness at 17% - twice the national average – the VSAT program provides a transition to a civilian career of purpose and possibility. The six-week, hands-on, seed to market course also provides combat warriors with a decompressive farm environment, while they learn advanced sustainable agriculture practices. Please…

                                      138 votes
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                                      • Homegrown Organic Local Food Co-op

                                        Homegrown has made organic and locally grown food easily accessible in this city where driving to Wal-Mart or Publix may be more convenient. Their system of ordering online and having the groceries of healthy food ready to pick up when the consumer arrives is most definitely laudable. -- this business can be found at: Orlando, Florida

                                        133 votes
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                                        • Lazy Crazy Acres

                                          Arkville, NY (Catskill Mountains) Local creamery. They use milk from a nearby farm. They raise the heifers that end up providing the milk. They use local ingredients and sell ice cream, gelato and fresh snacks at farmers' markets and a few local stores. www.lazycrazyacres.com

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