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  1. 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…

    275 votes
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    • Chatham Marketplace

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

      192 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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        • 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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          • 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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            • Phoenix Public Market

              As a program of Community Food Connections, a 501c3 non-profit organization, the Phoenix Public Market consists of Urban Grocery & Wine Bar and the Open-Air Markets on Wednesday nights and Saturday mornings. We are also the home of Royal Coffee Bar at the Market.

              81 votes
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              • Local Sprouts Cooperative

                Local Sprouts is a worker-owned cooperative that provides people in Maine with local and organic food and holistic learning through cooking food for their community. Learn more at http://www.localsproutscooperative.com They have built community support through starting the east coast's first Community Supported Kitchen and are now opening up Local Sprouts Cafe in downtown Portland, Maine. The Cafe has been primarily financed through personal loans from the community and through Community Supported Kitchen memberships. The Cafe will be home to the cooperative's local food learning's programs, to a baking program that works with adults with intellectual disabiliities, Local Sprouts catering, and…

                47 votes
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                • french broad food coop

                  it sells local food & is governed by cooperative business principles. it's been a staple of downtown asheville for 25+ years. -- this business can be found at: asheville, nc 255-7650 info@frenchbroadfood.coop http://frenchbroadfood.coop/

                  39 votes
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                  • Crow's Vegetable Farms and Fruit Market

                    730 E. Main St. Shawnee, OK 74801 Ricky Crow is a 5th generation farmer. The vegetable farm came about as a way to stay on the farm full time. Our local town opened a Farmers Market and we began participating in 1987. 24 years later, both our sons work with us. We operate a 60 acre vegetable farm, 11 greenhouses, and also raise wheat, alfalfa hay, and have a small herd of cattle.
                    100% of our income is derived from the farm. We raise a wide variety of vegetables and fruits, and retail almost all of it through farmers markets,…

                    33 votes
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                    • Mildreds Meadow

                      A myriad of local foods! Including: Grass fed meats, free range pastured eggs, seasonal organic & conventional produce, beans, flour, butter, milk, yogurt, cheese (goat, cow) and many more specialty products including organic coconut milk soaps body care items! Also, hanging baskets, annuals, perennials, & nursery stock. Address 6560 Duanesburg Rd., Duanesburg, NY 12056 ðð Get Directions Phone 518-231-2946 Website http://www.mildredsmeadows.com Status Closed now Hours Tues - Fri: 11:00 am - 7:00 pm Sat: 9:00 am - 3:00 pm Sun: 12:00 pm - 5:00 pm

                      30 votes
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                      • Chicago Honey Co-op

                        Chicago Honey Co-op uses sustainable practices. Besides keeping bees and selling honey at local farmers markets they host a community farm where neighbors can grow their own food. By their actions they promote healthy food, good quality of life and healthy neighborhoods. -- this business can be found at: Chicago honeycoop@gmail.com www.chicagohoneycoop.com

                        26 votes
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                        • Fleisher's Grass-fed & Organic Meats

                          We only buy meat from local farmers and sell locally, no shipping. We use every but of the animals from nose to tail and embody the very essence of sustainable eating and agriculture. -- this business can be found at: Kingston, NY 845-338-6666 schmutzyapple@yahoo.com www.fleishers.com

                          23 votes
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                          • Local Harvest Grocery and Cafe

                            they really care about the community, and took a huge chance building in an area that had been stalled for years. they just keep getting better, and giving back to the community. -- this business can be found at: St. Louis, MO 314-865-5260 contact@localharvestgrocery.com www.localharvestgrocery.com

                            20 votes
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                            • Superior Seasons Online Farmer's Market

                              Superior Seasons Food Market, www.marketstore.locallygrown.net, is an online ordering system designed to combine orders from multiple local businesses into one, convenient transaction for customers, restaurants and institutions. It allows vendors to pick/create exactly what was ordered, and streamlines administration so they can focus on quality and production using great software designed by Locallygrown.net. To qualify to use the store, each grower or artisan must be actively managing their business sustainably with a focus on contributing to our local community. They must also be verified professionals working with long term vision, not simply part-time hobbyists looking for extra money. It…

                              19 votes
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                              • Organic Valley

                                Organic Valley is the beloved brand of our farmer-owned cooperative. With over 1,600 members in 29+ states, Organic Valley is working to bring the best organic products to consumers regionally, to keep family farmers on the land farming, and inherent to the organic method of agricultural production, provide invaluable ecological services such as carbon sequestration to slow and reverse climate change, protecting air and water quality, preventing huge amounts of synthetic nitrogen and pesticides from entering our environment, and last but not least, revitalizing rural economies and paying our farmer-owners a fair price for their hard work! Organic farmers are…

                                19 votes
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                                • Iowa Food Cooperative

                                  "The essential business of the Iowa Food Cooperative (http://iowafood.coop/) is to provide an online marketplace of Iowa-grown food for buyers and sellers. The IFC only sells products that are grown or made in Iowa. IFC goals are to increase membership, add new producer-members and increase the diversity of products available, add new distribution locations, establish a shared-use kitchen/processing facility for creating value-added products, and provide employment and investment opportunities for the community."

                                  3850 Merle Hay Rd, Des Moines, IA 50310

                                  17 votes
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                                  • Harvest Co-op Market

                                    Community and Member owned since 1971 581 Massachusetts Ave, Cambridge MA 02139 57 South St Jamaica Plain MA 02130

                                    14 votes
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                                    • Mandela Foods Cooperative

                                      1430 7th Street, Oakland, CA 94607

                                      12 votes
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                                      • The Irwin Street Market

                                        The Irwin Street Market is a cooperative and incubator that empowers entrepreneurs to start their own small business for nominal rent and helps support and foster success for all participants. -- this business can be found at: Atlanta, Georgia 678-705-7945 info@theirwinstreetmarket.com http://www.irwinstreetmarket.com/

                                        12 votes
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                                        • La Montanita Coop

                                          La Montanita Food Coop has been supporting natural and organic food production and sales for I don't know how many years! The Coop stocks local produce and products whenever possible. It has a monthly newsletter full of great portraits of local producers and info about food issues. La Montanita has developed a huge fund that is available for loans to local producers at very affordable rates. It has also supports a cooler truck and a warehouse for transportation and storage of locally produced products

                                          12 votes
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