Find Good Food from Family Farmers
The resources below can help you find good food from family farms near you. You'll also find easy-to-digest explanations to help you navigate the sometimes-complex world of food labels and learn more about how you can be part of the Good Food Movement.
Good Food Resources
HOMEGROWN.org is Farm Aid's gathering place for celebrating the "culture" in agriculture and sharing skills like growing, cooking and food preservation. Be sure to check out their Find Good Food page for helpful tools to find good foods broken down by category and state.
The Eat Well Guide is a free online directory of family farms, restaurants, markets and other outlets of fresh, locally-grown food throughout the United States and Canada.
How do you know you’ve found good food? Several different food labels contain information about how food was grown or processed. Be sure you know which ones to look for.
The home of Buy Fresh Buy Local (BFBL), the FoodRoutes Network is dedicated to reintroducing Americans to their food. Find BFBL Chapters near you, farm to school and farm to college programs and much more!
Think farm fresh produce is only a seasonal joy? There are 1,225 winter & year-round farmers markets that are open year-round or just during the winter. Look through and help add to our list.
Search for farmers markets, family farms, and other sources of sustainably grown food in your area, where you can buy produce, grass-fed meats, and many other goodies. If you can’t find what you’re looking for close to home, check out their catalog to order good food online.
Search USDA’s national directory for farmers markets by state and city.
Learn how the USDA supports good food from family farmers and local and regional food economies. Explore the Know Your Farmer, Know Your Food Compass to find out what's happening near you.
The Farmer Resource Network connects you to more than 500 organizations and resources across the country promoting family farm profitability and sustainability. Take a look to find resources in your area that promote direct markets, institutional and wholesale markets and other work that brings good food to your table.
Places to Get Good Food
Farmers markets sell fresh, local foods at very competitive prices. Buying food directly from family farmers means that your food dollar stays in your local community—bolstering other independent businesses and the local economy. To learn more, read our report, Rebuilding America's Economy with Family Farm-Centered Food Systems.
Community-Supported Agriculture (CSA) programs allow you to buy a "share" of a local farm’s harvest. Shareholders typically pay in advance and receive weekly packages of seasonal fruits and vegetables throughout the entire growing and harvest season. CSAs are a great way to feed your family healthy fruits and vegetables or a great option for a group of friends or neighbors to split the cost—and bounty—of the harvest.
U-pick and Pick-Your-Own farms allow you to pick your own fruits and vegetables right on the farm, usually for a set price by weight or volume.
Farm stands are roadside stands where you can buy produce directly from farmers. Some farm stands also sell meats, baked goods and processed foods. Large farm stands can resemble stores and do not always sell local goods—check the labels or ask if you aren't sure.
Farm to School Programs
Farm to school programs (and their counterparts: farm to college, farm to workplace, farm to hospital and other farm to institution programs) connect students, faculty, employees, patients, patrons and other individuals with local farms, sourcing local products and serving healthy meals that boost nutrition and expand opportunities for people of all ages and backgrounds to connect with their farmers. Click here to learn more about establishing relationship between local farmers and your schools.
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Want to dig deeper into Good Food?
- Read our Ask Farm Aid and Putting It Into Practice columns to learn more about good food, the family farmers who grow it and how you can support good food from family farmers everyday.
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