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
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.
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.
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.
Think farm fresh produce is only a seasonal joy? There are more than 1,225 winter and year-round farmers markets. Look through and help add to our list.
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.
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.
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.