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Blog | April 13, 2020

Find Family Farm Food During the COVID-19 Pandemic

Last updated: July 5

Helpful Guides

How to Shop Safely at the Farmers Market, a guide from Civil Eats
How to Support Sustainable Food Systems During the COVID-19 Crisis, by Food Print

Slow Food offers Slow Food Live, a series of (free) sessions led by experts in a skill or topic, that you can join from anywhere on your laptop or phone. Participation is free for anyone and sessions will be hosted on Zoom at 2pm EST. Sessions are recorded and posted on their website.

Food Safety Recommendations and FAQs for the Consumer, by Cornell Institute for Food Safety


The WhyHunger Hotline refers people in need across the US to food pantries, soup kitchens, summer meals sites, government nutrition programs and grassroots organizations, especially those that provide access to nutritious foods and nutritional support services.

Call 1(800) 5-HUNGRY, text your zip code to 1-800-548-6479 to locate a local emergency food provider and other support services.

To find a food bank near you use their online tool.

The U.S. Department of Agriculture‘s Local Food Directoriesallow you to connect with your local farmers markets, CSA farms, food hubs and on-farm markets.

Modern Farmer has compiled a list of CSA farms in every state!

Farmers Market Coalition is issuing daily COVID-19 updates, including lists of which states are allowing farmers markets to operate.

Local Harvest helps you find local farms and farmers markets near you.

American Indian Foods is a national directory of Native American-produced food, put together by the Intertribal Agriculture Council. American Indian Foods come from coast to coast in the US and are grown on the pristine lands of Native American Nations or raised in their natural waters. Many of these products are still harvested in ways defined hundreds of years ago.

Edible Communities, publisher of those beautiful local food magazines by locale, have a state by state list of local farms and food companies. They state, “If every reader of an Edible publication put just $20 toward local purchases in the weeks to come, we would put $30 million back into the economy!”

Local Catch connects you to the Local Catch Network, a community-of-practice made up of fisherman, organizers, researchers, and consumers from across North America that are committed to providing local, healthful, low-impact seafood via community supported fisheries and direct marketing arrangements in order to support healthy fisheries and the communities that depend on them.

Eat Wild lists more than 1,400 pasture-based farms for sourcing grass-fed meat and dairy products in the United States and Canada.

Demand USA Beef was created by our friends at R-CALF, which has been fighting for Country of Origin Labeling for meat and fairness in livestock markets. Visit the website to find nearby cattle farmers and ranchers who raise and sell cattle or beef that is exclusively born, raised, and harvested in the U.S.

Good Meat Project is a national resource for finding pasture-raised meat

Food Animal Concerns Trust (FACT) has a national directory of their members that offer humanely raised meat, dairy and eggs, including farms and independent grocers and aggregators that deliver to homes or to a central pick-up location, have curbside pickup for orders, and/or have pickup available at their farms.

ASPCA‘s list of certified humane farmers and ranchers has been updated to reflect the farms that have on farm pick-up and delivery.



The Appalachian Resource Conservation & Development Council is maintaining ongoing updates to farmers markets in Northeast Tennessee and Southwest Virginia.

Appalachian Sustainable Development just published their 2020 Local Food Guide.


Future Harvest put together a map of more than 500 farmers and markets selling local food.

New England

Land for Good offers a high-level list of buy local guides for each state in the region as well as article links for consumer food safety recommendations and how to shop safely at farmers markets.

Find New England is a brand new online marketplace to discover the best local food in New England. Find local food, farms, restaurants, and grow your garden


The Northeast Sustainable Agriculture Working Group has put together a round-up of resources broken down into multiple categories, from a Farmers Markets and Local Food section, to sections for Food Safety, Immigrant Justice, and Farm to Institution.

Just Food‘s Value Chain Map connects you to farmers and farmers markets in New York City, upstate and downstate New York, and in Connecticut, Massachusetts, Pennsylvania and New Jersey.

State by State


Alabama Sustainable Agriculture Network is maintaining a google sheet for locating local markets and farms.


The Alaska Farmers Market Association has created a page with resources for eaters and farmers markets to help find local food during the COVID-19 pandemic.


Good Food Finder lists local food sources across the state


Arkansas Local Food Network has a local food guide and online farmers market with pick-ups in Little Rock.

UpLift Arkansas has created a map for finding local farms operating during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Ozark Pasture Beef offers grass-fed grass-finished beef, lamb, and goat; pastured eggs (from a partnership of small-scale farmers/ranchers in NW Arkansas) for Pickup, Delivery, or Online Ordering.


The California Agricultural Tourism Directory  helps you connect to farmers across the state, region by region.

Community Alliance with Family Farmers recently published recommendations and links to support farmers markets, CSA and local farm purchases.

Underwood Family Farms in Ventura County has a Healthy Harvest Box that can be picked up at the farm or shipped anywhere in the United States except Hawaii, via FedEx.

The Altadena Farmers’ Market has online ordering, picking and choosing among local produce, cheeses, honeys and other foods from a number of vendors for curbside pickup, in a kind of custom-built, no-contact CSA offering. The market’s new menu also includes an $18 donation of fresh citrus, berries and vegetables that goes directly to seniors who live nearby.

Eater lists 10 Los Angeles Restaurants Selling Produce Boxes to Support Local Farmers


Colorado Department of Agriculture‘s 2019 Farm Fresh Directory

Denver Sustainable Food Policy Council has a resource page including food access info and how to find


CitySeed is operating an outdoor, pre-order farmers market in New Haven.

Northeast Organic Farming Association of Connecticut (NOFA/CT) has partnered with the CT Dept of Agriculture to present an updated map and directory of farms, farmers markets, and farm stands beyond the current CT NOFA membership.

District of Columbia

DC Food Project has resources for food access and assistance.


Future Harvest put together a map of more than 500 farmers and markets selling local food in the Mid-Atlantic, including in Delaware.


In Tallahassee, the Red Hills Small Farm Alliance connects local farms to buyers in their community. The virtual market offers food from about 75 producers. (Shoppers pay $20 annually for a membership and then pay a la carte for purchases.). Shoppers can choose to pick their food up or get it delivered for an extra charge. Shoppers can opt to get a CSA share from one farm, or they can mix it up.


Georgia Organics’ Good Food Guide connects you with Georgia farmers and good food small businesses in your area, so you can feed your family healthy food in the safest way possible. This guide isn’t designed to answer every question you might have of these farmers and businesses, but instead to connect you to these farmers and small business owners, so you can make the best decisions for you and your family as you order from them directly.

Order online from the Atlanta Community Farmers Market. Each CFM market location will serve as a pick-up only for online orders starting April 15th. The ordering window is open Wednesday at 10 am – Friday at noon, for pick-ups the following Wednesday in each of our communities. If you are a SNAP recipient, please email to receive specific instructions.


GoFarm Hawaii has a tool for finding your local farms, farmers markets and more.

The Food Basket, Hawaii Island’s lone food bank, has its own CSA program called “Da Box.” For $16 per week, participants receive a box of fresh local produce, and the program is open to anyone in the community.

Big Island Farm Direct recently completed its CSA website and began drive-up deliveries last weekend at Keauhou-Kahalu’u Heritage Corridor parking lot area below the Keauhou Shopping Center.

Adaptations in Kealakekua offers weekly and biweekly subscription produce boxes delivered to convenient minimal contact locations around the big island.


Only Local Farmers Market is open year-round, 7-days a week, just north of Cocolalla Lake, between Coeur d’Alene and Sandpoint in Sagle, Idaho.

The Boise Farmers Market starts an online ordering and drive-through pick up system April 11.

This article from The Idaho Statesman features local CSA farms.


In Chicago, Green City Market created a guide to farmers offering online ordering with pick-up or delivery. Green City Market is connecting consumers directly with local family farmers and artisans who are able to offer pick-up/delivery services to bring nutritious, sustainably-grown food directly to the people of Chicago.

Visit the Illinois Stewardship Alliance‘s resource page with links to resources for fresh and local farm products as well as tips for gardening yourself and using you voice to advocate in support of farmers.

The Illinois Buy Fresh Buy Local Guide provides a directory of farms, farmers markets, farm-to-table restaurants, artisans, and local food.


Visit the Indiana State Department of Agriculture’s Indiana Grown website for a county-by-county list of Indiana producers, as well as their farmers market resource page.

Consult online regional markets such as Market Wagon, Hoosier Harvest Market (central Indiana) or Green Bean Delivery.

Contact your county’s Purdue Extension office and ask them about local farms in your area.


Practical Farmers of Iowa has listings of local farms and businesses offering local foods, in addition to a well-curate list of statewide and regional local food resources.


Check out this open source google spreadsheet of Kansas City metro CSA and Market Box Farms.

Shop Kansas Farms has created a Facebook group with resources for connecting with growers for food in the state.

Kansas City Food Circle has a directory of Kansas farms.


The Kentucky Department of Agriculture’s (KDA) Kentucky Proud brand is partnering with Edible Kentucky, Southern Indiana, Bluegrass Farm To Table, the Organic Association of Kentucky, and the Kentucky Horticulture Council to host the first-of-its-kind “Kentucky Virtual Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) Fair” from April 16 – 30.

Organic Association of Kentucky’s Find a Farm Directory lets you search for farms near you, including CSAs and certified organic farms.


In New Orleans, Crescent City Farmers Market and Parkway Po-boys have partnered together to set up a drive-thru farmers market starting April 5. With online orders and a drive-thru setup outside Parkway Bakery in Mid-city, you can avoid some contact with the public, while picking up fresh fruits, vegetables, meats, dairy products, eggs and baked goods. Pick-ups will run from 9 am to noon Sundays.

Crescent City Farmers Market has partnered with Top Box Foods to create boxes full of CCFM vendor products for home delivery on Tuesdays/Wednesdays and Fridays/Saturdays. Follow them on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter to see when sales are launched.

Here’s a list of Crescent City Farmers Market vendors you can purchase from directly.


Maine Organic Gardeners and Farmers Association (MOFGA) has an online tool for finding certified organic growers in Maine, farmers markets and CSA farms.

Maine Cooperative Extension has an online tool for finding Maine’s farms.


Chesapeake Farm to Table operates with a similar model but was previously focused on aggregating food from small farms for restaurant sales. Now, its business collecting orders from individual community members and delivering to their homes has taken off.

Maryland Farmers Market Association‘s Where to Buy Local Food While Social Distancing is an interactive guide to direct-buy options (on-farm pick-up, home delivery, CSAs, and beyond) during COVID-19.

Future Harvest put together a map of more than 500 farmers and markets selling local food in the Mid-Atlantic, including in Maryland.

Here is an interactive map of free food sites in Baltimore.


Boston Public Market has moved outdoors! Find it Monday, Wednesday, Friday and Saturday from 11 am-3pm at the outdoor plaza at 100 Hanover Street by Haymarket Station. Additionally, their online ordering and delivery service remains available, with same or next-day delivery available for most.

Community Involved in Sustaining Agriculture (CISA) has a Local Food Guide for central and western Massachusetts

Northeast Organic Farming Association of Massachusetts has its own Food Guide and other eater resources to share. is a brand new resource made up of six local farms that have teamed up to offer a delivery service. Stock up on vegetables, dairy and more all in one place. Currently offering free delivery with code FARMERS. They deliver across the state, except for Cape Cod.

The Southeastern Massachusetts Agriculture Partnership (SEMAP) has a resource page for eaters with comprehensive links for accessing local food in the region as well as links that expand into the rest of MA and RI.

This page by the Massachusetts Coalition for Local Food and Farms brings all the regional local food guides together in one place.

Market 2Day provides access to your favorite Massachusetts farmers markets, delivering fresh local food directly to your door. Serving Metro Boston and the South Shore.

Farmers To You offers online ordering of farm-fresh food sourced from regional farms and producers delivered weekly to you. Currently in Boston and Northern Vermont. They currently have a wait list application.

Family Dinner finds New England’s best ingredients and delivers them to your door, every week. Each share contains local protein, fruits, veggies and grains, tailored to your share type and size.

Sunderland Farm Collaborative offers organic vegetables from four Sunderland farms along with locally grown and produced grocery items. Product availability will grow as the season progresses. EBT and credit card payments accepted.

Red Fire Farm has an online ordering system and is doing special produce deliveries to fill gaps caused by market closures throughout the state (In Northampton, Wayland, and Somerville). Order online by 1pm Wednesday and you can pick up your order on Friday in Jamaica Plain, Somerville, Cambridge, Boston, Worcester, Granby, and Montague.


Michigan Farmers Market Association has a map to find local markets, but check with each market as dates/hours may vary due to COVID-19.

Michigan Farm to Family is an online marketplace with products from Michigan farmers and food artisans who use production methods that are healthy, humane, and sustainable and who often have challenges reaching the local markets that require refrigerated transportation.

Detroit’s Eastern Market is still open for business every Saturday from 8am-2pm, with vendors with food, vegetable plants, & personal care products. Market procedures & spaces have been shifted as much as possible to limit contact and meet social distancing requirements. They’re also partnering with Eastern Market wholesalers to offer no-contact bulk produce pick-up on Tuesdays from 10am-2pm.


The Food Group‘s Fare for All initiative is operating drive-thru programs at three sites. Fare For All buys fresh fruits, vegetables, and frozen meat in bulk to save you up to 40% off typical grocery prices. They select the best quality foods and pre-package it to give you the best deals. Fare For All is community supported and open to everyone- there are no qualifications to participate.

Minnesota Grown has an online search tool for Minnesota grown farm products.


The Mississippi Department of Agriculture and Commerce created this list of farmers markets operating in the state during the pandemic.


The Missouri Food Finder from University of Missouri Extension helps you find local food sources using a map and search tools.

Known & Grown STL is showing people where they can still buy from local and sustainable farmers during the crisis with this tool.

Cubside St. Louis is a resource to find restaurants, grocers and farms that are open for selling.

With nearly fifty years of experience in the St. Louis area, Ole Tyme Produce delivers produce, using online order, from local growers and farms.


Check out the Local Food Map on the Montana Local Food Challenge‘s website to find farms and farm products.

The Alternative Energy Resources Organization (AERO) created Abundant Montana for exploring Montana’s sustainable agriculture, local food and farmers markets.

Montana Organic Association has a listing of organic farms and food businesses.


Buy Fresh Buy Local Nebraska has a handy Local Food Delivery Resource List.


Nevada Grown is an online tool for finding local farms, CSAs and farmers markets.

New Hampshire

New Hampshire Food Alliance has Buy Local Guides that links to state-wide and local guides.

UNH Extension is building a NH Farm Products Map to respond to COVID-19.

 Vital Communities created the Valley Food & Farm Guide, a guide to farms, food, and farm-based businesses. Find U-Pick, Community Supported Agriculture, farmers’ markets, farm stands, specific products, farms near you, and more. Serving NH and VT (Upper Valley).

Three River Farmers Alliance is a network of local farmers working cooperatively to distribute local food to the greater Seacoast NH region. Our online marketplace provides a one-stop shop for ordering fresh local food from over 40 farms and food producers.

New Jersey

The New Jersey Department of Agriculture’s Finding Jersey Fresh helps consumers link with farms, farmers markets, CSAs and PYOs, agritourism venues, and all things Jersey Fresh and local.

Visit NJ Farms has a mapping tool to help consumers locate and map a trip to Garden State farms, markets and agritourism venues/events to find food from family farms.

New Mexico

In the state, farmers markets have been deemed essential and those allowed to operate. To local one near you, check out New Mexico Farmers’ Marketing Association‘s Find A Market tool.

New York

Grow NYC, which manages NYC’s farmers markets and more, has a page dedicated to updates to their programs related to COVID-19.

Just Food‘s Value Chain Map connects you to farmers and farmers markets in New York City, upstate and downstate New York, and in Connecticut, Massachusetts, Pennsylvania and New Jersey.

Hearty Roots Farm in the Hudson Valley offers CSA memberships to residents of New York City and counties north, the area that is now the epicenter of the coronavirus outbreak in the U.S.

Local Roots NYC is giving New York City residents access to fresh, local food while buying from the small, independent farms nearby, which have lost significant restaurant business. Use their online order form and pick-up at two local sites once a week or choose home delivery.

Buy Local Food NY lists more than 400 farms and producers in Tompkins, Tioga, Schuyler, Chemung and Cortland Counties.

The Ithaca Farmers Market has compiled this consumer directory of farms serving Tompkins County that are willing to deliver or have a farm stand with limited foot traffic.

Meatsuite helps eaters connect with locally produced high quality meats in bulk in New York and North Carolina.

Baldor Specialty Foods, a wholesale grocer based in the Bronx, is now open for retail sales and home delivery of more than 6,000 various items within a 50-mile radius of its Bronx warehouse.

There is a $250 minimum for orders; there is no extra delivery charge. (But many of the items on the Baldor website show bulk quantities, like 15 dozen eggs and 11 pounds of asparagus so before ordering it might pay to coordinate with neighbors to share some products.) Consumers can go to to set up an account by clicking the “sign-up” button; orders placed by 10 p.m. will be delivered the next day between 8 a.m. and 4 p.m.

North Carolina

Check out this open-source document of all food and farm resources in North Carolina.

Rural Advancement Foundation International-USA (RAFI) has created a resource page for eaters and farmers.

Carolina Farm Stewardship Alliance has a map of farms with online ordering and pickup and delivery

NC Choices launched their website, Meatsuite, to help customers connect with locally produced high quality meats in bulk.

Appalachian Sustainable Agriculture Project (ASAP) has organized an interim farmers market on the campus of A-B Tech in Asheville. This new market is designed to protect shoppers and vendors by maintaining social distances and mitigating potential virus transmission points. Read the press release announcing the market here. They also have a local food guide to search for specific products, locations, CSAs, farms to visit, and more.

Organic Growers School has resources for farmers, gardeners and eaters in NC and beyond.

Piedmont Triad Regional Food Council (PTRFC) has an online guide to find operating farmers markets and farms making deliveries or offering alternate pickup locations.

North Dakota

North Dakota Department of Agriculture has a new online Local Foods Directory Map. Use it to connect with local farmers, ranchers and businesses that are growing, raising and producing products in North Dakota.


Ohio Ecological Food and Farm Association (OEFFA) has a local food guide for Ohio.


Loklahoma has a google sheet with info and contacts for local Oklahoma farms.


Friends of Family Farmers has a resource page for eaters featuring links to local farms, CSAs, farmers markets, restaurants still operating and serving local food and more.

Portland Farmers Market created a list of 75+ small farms and food producers doing delivery and pickup options right now in the Portland area.


Pennsylvania Vegetable Growers Association has a director of farm markets, farmers markets and CSAs listing direct marketing sales outlets across Pennsylvania by zip code.

Check out the Western Pennsylvania Local Food Guide

Find a CSA farm in Western PA

Future Harvest put together a map of more than 500 farmers and markets selling local food in the Mid-Atlantic, including in Pennsylvania.

Rhode Island

Farm Fresh RI offers the community access to all the local foods they normally only sell to wholesale, with delivery or pick up.

The Southeastern Massachusetts Agriculture Partnership (SEMAP) has a resource page for eaters with comprehensive links for accessing local food in the region as well as links that expand into the rest of MA and RI.

Family Dinner Family Dinner finds New England’s best ingredients and delivers them to your door, every week. Each share contains protein, fruits, veggies and grains, tailored to your share type and size. Serving MA & RI.

Rhode Island Food Policy Council is aggregating information on available food access and food business resources and opportunities here.

South Carolina

Lowcountry Local First has long planned a Buy Local month for April that has pivoted to respond to COVID-19. A great resource to support local Charleston businesses and farms.

South Carolina Department of Agriculture has a tool to find local farm fresh food.

GrowFood Carolina in Charleston is doing limited direct-to-consumer food sales from local farms via boxes in three sizes, $20 to $60, for pick up at its warehouse in Charleston. Orders can be placed at

South Dakota

Dakota Rural Action has an evolving guide for local eaters to navigate the COVID-19 outbreak, with helpful links to the Dakota Fresh Food Hub as well as extensive lists of farmers markets and CSA in operation.


Pick Tennessee Products, a program of the TN Department of Agriculture, is an online directory to find farms, farmers markets, and more.


Farm & Ranch Freedom Alliance has a guide for finding local food in Texas during COVID-19 including which Texas farmers’ markets remain open, what to do if your local farmers market has been ordered to close, and how to access alternative markets for farm products, including online platforms.

Sustainable Food Center operates farmers markets throughout Austin, which are open with new safety guidelines in place. They’ve also published a list of open farmers markets, farms, CSA and more.

FarmHouse Delivery offers produce, local meat, groceries and more, sourced from farmers who use beyond organic and sustainable practices, all delivered to your door.

Texas Local Food Store is selling a Texas Farms Veggie Box ($32) for pick-up in Elgin. Every ten boxes sold enables us to donate a box to a vulnerable family. They are working to make boxes available to SNAP (Lone Star Card) recipients.


The Salt Lake City Farmers Market has a list of businesses offering local family farm food available for pickup.


Farmers To You  provides ordering  of farm-fresh food sourced from regional farms and producers delivered weekly to you. Currently in Boston and Northern Vermont. They currently have a wait list application.

The Intervale Food Hub has a mission to bring more Vermonters into our community food system through our weekly, year-round deliveries of local food to homes and community sites in the greater Burlington area. With the support of our members, we are able to provide fair pricing and reliable, stable markets for our farm and food partners, making Vermont’s agriculture stronger and more resilient.

Vermont Farmers Food Center (VFFC) has a new online local food market beginning Saturday, April 11, for curbside pick-up in Rutland.


Check out the Buy Fresh Buy Local Guides for:

Future Harvest put together a map of more than 500 farmers and markets selling local food in the Mid-Atlantic, including in Virginia.

Loudoun County’s farm-to-consumer experience has gone digital with the launch of the Loudoun Made Loudoun Grown Marketplace, an e-commerce platform that offers a one-stop-shop for consumers to support local farms.


In Seattle, where farmers’ markets have been shut down, Seattle Neighborhood Farmers’ Markets compiled a list of its market vendors’ “alternative sales options,” and has been highlighting them on Instagram.

In Seattle, farm-to-table bakery Salmonberry Goods is aggregating food from small Washington farms to sell through its new online shop for weekly delivery.

Tilth Alliance has great resources to connect with farmers and learn how to grow your own! Use their Farm A Farm tool to connect to your local farms!

West Virginia

Future Harvest put together a map of more than 500 farmers and markets selling local food in the Mid-Atlantic, including in West Virginia.


The Fondy Food Center had to close its winter market in Milwaukee, but they are working hard to keep resources updated for consumers to access pick-up sites around the city and maintain a database of individual farms and how to access their products directly.

The Michael Fields Agricultural Institute has a combined resource page for farmers and consumers with a tailored list of links ranging from the searchable state-wide Farm Fresh Atlas to educational COVID-19 coverage exploring the pandemic through a food system lens.

Farm Fresh Atlas is a new online tool for finding local food in Wisconsin


Farmers in the Sheridan area have banded together to create a virtual farmers market with at-home delivery. The website offers over 50 products ranging from lettuce to grass-fed beef, milk, a variety of homemade jellies and jams, homemade salsas, pickled beets and pickled asparagus, coffee from Manchester St. Coffee in Sheridan and more.

You can buy local foods & support the area’s farmers & ranchers at farmers markets practicing social distancing. In Sheridan, the Downtown Gillette Farmers’ Market is open 6 days per week, 11 am – 6 pm & offers curbside service! The The Gillette Saturday Farmers’ Market will be open on the third Saturday of the month (April 18th) & check their for the location.

Gardening & HOMEGROWN skills

COVID-19 Outdoor Activity Of The Day: Plant A Veggie Garden by NPR

Raised bed gardening  via Farm Aid’s HOMEGROWN

Jumpstart your COVID-19 Victory Garden by Modern Farmer

Free Veggie Seeds for Starting a Garden from Uprising Organic Seeds

How to start homesteading from your apartment from Bangor Daily News

Backyard chickens via Farm Aid’s HOMEGROWN

Ultimate Guide to Self Sufficiency via

Feed Your Mind

The Moment for Food Sovereignty is Now by Civil Eats

The Small-Farmer Boom Is About To Go Bust and Dan Barber Knows Why by Karen Stabiner & Dan Barber

Most Farmers in the Great Plains Don’t Grow Fruits and Vegetables. The Pandemic is Changing That. By Daphne Miller, Civil Eats

The Farm to Food Bank Movement Aims to Rescue Small-Scale Farming and Feed the Hungry by Lynne Curry, Civil Eats

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