Congratulations! If you’re here on HOMEGROWN, you already care about good food. Maybe you raise rabbits or chickens; maybe you coax carrots or zucchini from the soil. Celebrating your edible endeavors is food for our HOMEGROWN soul!
Chances are, though, if you’re an amateur gardener or even a small homesteader, you’re not growing the bulk of what you eat. That’s where farmers come in. In the spirit of HOMEGROWN’s big sibling, Farm Aid, we’ve assembled this vetted list of food-finding resources to help connect the dots between farmers and eaters and to get good food into everybody’s hands—not to mention pantries and stomachs. Because before you can make butternut squash and dumplings or quick and garlicky refrigerator pickles or no-cook tomato sauce, you need butternut squash and cucumbers and tomatoes.
Just for the record, we haven't accepted any bribes—edible, monetary, or otherwise—for inclusion; i.e., these listings are not paid advertisements. While HOMEGROWN vets all recommendations for list-worthiness and maintains final editorial discretion, we're hoping you'll help refine and grow the roll call. Got a website you think we should add? Post a comment below or send us an email. When it comes to good food, we’ve got an insatiable appetite.
NATIONAL RESOURCES FOR
GOOD FOOD OF ALL KINDS
Search this interactive map for farms, farmers markets, CSAs, restaurants, groceries and co-ops, wholesale providers, meat processors, and more. If you can’t find what you’re looking for in your neck of the woods, browse the online catalog.
This free directory lists family farms, restaurants, markets, and other outlets for fresh, locally grown food throughout the United States and Canada. Search by keyword or zip code and get returns by category: from butchers to bakers to educational centers.
» Farm Aid’s Interactive Map of Winter Farmers Markets
Some are outdoors, some are indoors, all provide locally grown food in
Search for farmers markets by location, products available, and payment accepted—including WIC and SNAP.
» USDA’s Know Your Farmer Know Your Food Compass
Search this interactive map by location (state, counties, tribal areas), by interest (agricultural careers, college programs, meat processors), and beyond.
This crowd-sourced directory plots farms, food artisans, farmers markets, and restaurants on an interactive map that is filterable by ingredient (kale, beef), certification (Certified Organic, Certified Naturally Grown), and growing practice (organic, GMO-free, grass fed, etc.). See something missing? Add it yourself!
» Organic Consumers Association Buying Guide
While this directory doesn’t include farms or farmers, it does list other food-related businesses (CSAs, co-ops, non-GMO seed companies), among other categories (health, baby, pets), and is searchable by location, product, and keyword.
NATIONAL RESOURCES FOR
FISH, MEAT, AND DAIRY
Search this interactive map for your nearest Community Supported Fishery, or CSF.
No relation, despite the name, but we like ’em anyway. Search by
meat type (beef, pork, buffalo, etc.), by category (bulk, cuts, wholesale), by practice and treatment (no antibiotics added, pasture raised, halal), and by farm size (small, medium, co-op) for happy protein near you.
There are two ways to search this state-by-state map and database of grass-fed meat producers: by farm and by everything else (stores, markets, restaurants).
» Animal Welfare Approved Product Search
This directory of AWA-certified meat and dairy producers is searchable by location, category (farmers, farmers markets, restaurants, stores), and product (beef, bison, turkey, et cetera). You can read more about AWA certification in HOMEGROWN's Food Labeling 101.
From the Weston A. Price Foundation, this directory lists sources for raw milk by state.
MORE RESOURCES RECOMMENDED
BY HOMEGROWN MEMBERS
» Karin likes eatlocalgrown.com.
» Lucy likes organicfarmfood.org, farmmatch.com, and farmermaps.com.
LEARN MORE ABOUT GOOD FOOD
Hungry for more? Below is a sampling of topics you'll find in the ever-growing HOMEGROWN 101 archive, from big-picture subjects:
to smaller scale how-tos for your kitchen, garden, and workshop:
PUT GOOD FOOD TO USE
So, you’ve rounded up butternut squash, cucumbers, and tomatoes—not to mention kohlrabi, bok choy, poblano peppers, grass-fed beef, honey, eggs, and blueberries? Time to get cooking.
Join and swap family favorites with fellow good-food lovers.
Browse recipes made with common farm share ingredients.
Find cold-weather recipes (think root veggies and baked goods) in this winter counterpart to the CSA Cookoff.
» The Stew
Share your own triumphs and experiments in HOMEGROWN's member blog and help keep the communal pantry full.
PHOTOS: (CARROTS) MARTHA MARSHALL; (BASIL) MEAGHAN CARPENTER; (PUMPKINS) JEAN MARKKO TIKUSIS; (APPLES) LESLIE J. PRICE; (MICROGREENS) CHRISTY SNYDER; (CHICKENS) DAVID BARROW/FARM-CITY, STATE; (PORK BUTT) JENNIFER; (FIDDLEHEADS) JANIS AHERN; (GOAT CHEESE WITH BLUEBERRIES) DYAN REDICK; (POTATOES) CLARE; (RASPBERRIES) ROB BYRNE; (EGGS) ALLEN FROST
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To have really good/ safe foods they need to be homegrown by carefully controlled organic means, or purchased from a farmer/ rancher you know and trust who uses such organic practices. Otherwise, you are at risk for consuming hormones, antibiotics, heavy metals, assorted chemicals, additives and less than healthful preservatives ... plus GMOs with toxic herbicides or other harmful agents used to help grow the GMO crops. But I assume you all know this or you would not be on this site.
What I grow that is different for most people is a Spirulina or Scenedesmus algae that is high in protein, vitamins, minerals and ployphenolics (needed to improve immune system response). I have a patented algalculture system that may be used at any scale of production. My original U.S. Patent was 5,121,708 but you will need more details if you wish to try algalculture. The Aztec, Inca and 17 primitive tribes all harvested algae in the wild. The algae was then sun-dried and blended with bread flour or soup mixes. Aztec and Inca populations primarily grew Quinoa and Amaranth cereal grains to make their flour. Let me know if you need more details.
N. B. A few health food stores now sell organic algae flour and/ or algae food products.
Just wanted to suggest one more resource for finding local, sustainably grown food: 1000EcoFarms.com Our online marketplace and community makes it easy to find and buy from local farmers across the US and in other places around the world. You can also read about individual farmers and their growing practices, and learn about news and trends related to all aspects of farm-grown food. Hope this is helpful, please get in touch if you have any questions!