The 5 Best Grocery Stores for Earth-Friendly Products

Updated on December 7, 2019
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Stephanie is always looking for ways to lighten her carbon footprint. She is enthusiastic about solar power and solar gadgets.

Looking for Earth-Friendly Products at Your Grocery Store?

Grocery shopping and preparing meals are two necessary tasks that we must undertake at least several times a week (or less if you have lots of left-overs).

For those of us that are trying to minimize our carbon footprint and have a more eco-friendly existence, this is where consumerism meets necessity. Reducing our impact on the environment can also help save money.

Locating the best grocery stores for earth-friendly products can help us do both.

As an environmental blogger since 2008, I can tell you that there has been a significant increase in the number of consumers that are demanding earth-friendly products, which reduces the price of such items overall. It also encourages both mainstream and specialty stores to stock items that:

  • do not pollute,
  • are not tested on animals,
  • incorporate recycled materials,
  • and/or use organic products.

Considering the danger of "greenwashing"—companies that promote merchandise as "eco-friendly," when it is not—here are the five best grocery stores for earth-friendly products. You can shop with confidence at these locations, knowing that you are purchasing high quality, environmentally friendly items.

Top 5 Eco-Friendly Grocery Stores

  1. Whole Foods Market
  2. Trader Joe's
  3. Natural Grocers by Vitamin Cottage
  4. Amazon Green
  5. Community Supported Agriculture (CSA)

Fresh organic produce at Whole Foods Market
Fresh organic produce at Whole Foods Market | Source

1. Whole Foods Market

I love Whole Foods Market. This green grocery store has one of the largest selections of fresh, organic produce, milk and eggs, bulk products, whole-grain bread, grass-fed meat, extensive vegetarian selections, natural/homeopathic health remedies, and eco-friendly cleaning items in North America and the United Kingdom.

Pick up fresh flowers (organically grown, of course), enjoy one of the product samples, grab a cup of coffee, or even a quick lunch. You can even purchase organic dog food!

The stores are bright and clean, salespersons are helpful, and the earth-friendly products are top quality. That said, Whole Foods Market has been criticized for the higher cost of some of its merchandise. One of my friends jokingly refers to it as "Whole Paycheck," because she claims that it seems that's where it all goes.

Many health experts advise that organic products are worth any extra cost from a health standpoint. Our family has found that organically grown/raised items taste much better, as well.

For people who live relatively near a Whole Foods Market, you can order online. Just check the website and enter your zip code or postal code to find out if the option is available for you.

Fast Facts About Whole Foods Market

  • The store has locations in the United States, Canada, and the UK.
  • Recipes, blog posts, health advice and more are offered on its website, Twitter and Facebook feed
  • Some stores offer cooking classes.
  • Whole Foods Market offers catering.
  • Founded in Austin, Texas, and the original store opened in 1980 when "four local businesspeople decided the natural foods industry was ready for a supermarket format."
  • Whole Foods Market was ranked No. 28 in FORTUNE magazine’s “Most Admired Companies” list.
  • It has been recognized on the Ethisphere Institute’s “World’s Most Ethical Companies” list numerous times.
  • Find a Whole Foods Market Store

Whole Foods Is an Earth-Friendly Leader

2. Trader Joe's

As much as I love Whole Foods Market, grocery shopping at Trader Joe's makes the chore very enjoyable! Each visit offers the opportunity for new items on the shelves, and I love receiving the "Fearless Flyer" every few weeks. The newsletter (printed on recycled paper and also available online) advertises new, popular products and specials.

Trader Joe's has a large selection of organic produce, cheese, and milk. Fresh flowers greet shoppers at the door, and unique canned, packaged, and frozen items offer tastes you would not believe! Wonderful varieties of organic, healthy cereal, juices, and even cookies can be found. Baked goods and dried fruits and nuts are top quality. Eco-friendly cleaning products are available, as well.

You can find unique, quality beers and wines at Trader Joe's, including the famous "Two Buck Chuck." Charles Shaw wine (which actually now costs about $3 per bottle) is available in varietals, including Cabernet Sauvignon, Chardonnay, Merlot, Sauvignon Blanc, and Shiraz, and is unbelievably tasty for the price.

Fast Facts About Trader Joe's

  • All products sold are sourced from non-GMO (genetically modified) ingredients.
  • In 2010, Trader Joe's donated more than 102,000 gift baskets to community-sponsored events.
  • Through Trader Joe's Food Donation Program, in 2010, the company donated more than 25 million pounds of food—the equivalent of almost 656 truckloads of food or 20 million meals.
  • Employees wear brightly colored Hawaiian shirts.
  • The store was founded in the 1950s, and the name was changed to Trader Joe's in 1967.
  • Located along the West Coast of the U.S. in Washington, Oregon, and California.
  • It's also found in the Southwest, East Coast, and Southeast areas of the United States.
  • Home delivery is available in NYC.
  • You cannot order items online from this so-called "old fashioned" green grocery store.

Trader Joe's Is a Great Green Grocery Store

3. Natural Grocers by Vitamin Cottage

Natural Grocers is another excellent grocery store for earth-friendly products.

Its brick and mortar stores are located in the United States (in Colorado, Idaho, New Mexico, Texas, Kansas, Missouri, Nebraska, Oklahoma, Utah, and Wyoming), but shoppers can also browse and purchase items online.

Among its many earth-friendly products are vitamins, body care, bulk items, organic foods, herbs and spices, and much more! You can find dietary supplements and quality pet food and other products here, too.

The store only carries certified organic produce and naturally raised meats, and keeps its customers apprised about current issues with a Food Safety Blog and Natural Products Blog. The website also has recipes, nutrition, and health articles. If you subscribe to the weekly e-newsletter, you can get access to deals and coupons!

Fast Facts About Natural Grocers

  • Natural Grocers sells its earth-friendly products at EveryDay Affordable Pricing (EDAP).
  • Every natural or organic product sold at Natural Grocers is guaranteed to be safe and of the highest quality.
  • The company offers education seminars conducted by experts in microbiology, ecology, agriculture, homeopathy, nutrition science, and more.
  • Natural Grocers has outreach programs, charity support, community rooms, and other programs.
  • It's open nearly every day, with some holiday exceptions, from 9–8 (Sundays 10–6).

4. Amazon Green

That's right—the world's largest online retailer,, sells organic groceries and other earth-friendly products at Amazon Green.

While it's not a traditional grocery store, you can still shop via your computer, which may be a greener way to pick up your necessities, without having to drive there (gas, traffic, congestion, etc.)

In addition to the over 2,500 organic food products available at the site, you can browse and purchase green lifestyle books, home and garden products, renewable energy items, supplements, eco-friendly toys, and much more.

Amazon green includes information to help customers learn how to compost, be a more environmentally responsible driver (saving gas and money), plan a green wedding, and become educated on Energy Star ratings and USDA-certified organic products.

Salad Bar at Whole Foods Market
Salad Bar at Whole Foods Market | Source

5. Community Supported Agriculture (CSA)

If you have not tried CSA (community supported agriculture), then you are missing out on one of the best tasting produce available.

OK, I admit, (1) its not a grocery store, and (2) you cannot get CSA food year-round. But, while there are many local green grocery outlets spread far and wide across the globe, when it comes to the five best grocery stores that are environmentally friendly, larger companies with a broader geological presence generally come to mind.

That means we need to narrow the focus, yet a discussion on CSA is broad enough to encompass most regions in North America and in Europe (known as community farming agriculture). Those that are looking for reliable sources of earth-friendly products can turn to CSA/CFA with confidence.

To take part in a CSA program, you will need to research whether local farmers have joined together to offer a number of "shares" to the public via membership or subscription. In general, this will consist of a box of fruits and vegetables delivered or picked up during the growing season.

According to the official CSA website, the advantages of signing up include:

  • Eat ultra-fresh food, with all the flavor and vitamin benefits
  • Get exposed to new vegetables and new ways of cooking
  • Usually get to visit the farm at least once a season
  • Find that kids typically favor food from "their" farm—even veggies they've never been known to eat
  • Develop a relationship with the farmer who grows their food and learn more about how food is grown

Many thousands of people have joined CSAs, which is a convenient, fresh way to experience healthy, earth-friendly products. hosts the most comprehensive directory of CSA farms in North America, with over 4,000 listed.

Learn About Community Supported Agriculture (CSA)

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      Author is dumb 

      6 months ago

      Trader Joe's ranks amongst the worst grocery stores in terms of sustainability, try writing something objective and not just a list of hipster faux eco grocery chains you totally love.

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      Stephanie Marshall 

      8 years ago from Bend, Oregon

      That is awesome, Sue! I love getting produce from a CSA. We used to share with another family, but my kids are older now and eat more! Best to you, Steph

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      Sustainable Sue 

      8 years ago from Altadena CA, USA

      I live right around the corner from the very first Trader Joe's store. How could I not shop there? Right up the street from them is a big Whole Foods, so I shop and eat there, too. My two favorite places. I got groceries from a CSA for awhile, which worked really well until I started working fulltime in LA. Then it was too awkward because of the place I live, so I had to stop. That experience was great, too. They delivered stuff I don't normally buy, so I tried out many new recipes that I now keep on with. I love eating healthy!

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      8 years ago

      like learning about amazon green and CSA.. I am slowly seeing the light starting with beef. Voted up and everything else.

      thank you

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      Thelma Alberts 

      8 years ago from Germany and Philippines

      Congrats on being HOTD! This is an excellent hub. I have not heard about these grocery stores you mentioned, which sales earth friendly products here in Germany although we do have a lot of earth friendly products. Are these stores located in America?

      Germany is very green when it comes to earth friendly products and environment. Lots of separating garbages in different bins at home.

      Voted these up and very informative;-) Thanks for sharing.

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      Modern Lady 

      8 years ago from Chicago, IL

      I love Whole Foods! You never know what you are going to find there. I had no idea that Amazon Green existed. I'm going to have to check it out. Thanks!

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      8 years ago from California, USA

      Great hub! Thanks for the list. Now I have options where to buy. Congrats on being HOTD!

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      8 years ago

      Great hub!

      I use Whole Foods most of the time. But they are concentratdin polated areas so I decided to set up an online store for delivery to underserved areas.

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      Heather Lavelle 

      8 years ago from Mesa, Arizona

      What a great hub. I didn't even know about Amazon green. Thanks for the list :)

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      Stephanie Marshall 

      8 years ago from Bend, Oregon

      Wow - thanks everyone for the great comments! Dzzy, I totally hear you on how it makes no sense that the healthiest food options with the least amount of chemicals/processing cost the most. I guess it just has to do with economies of scale. Large factories can put more product out there for less money. :(

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      Mary Strain 

      8 years ago from The Shire

      I love Whole Foods but didn't know about many of the others. Thanks for the great info and congratulations!

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      Tim Mitchell 

      8 years ago from Escondido, CA

      Thank you Steph. Every time I see your pic I check my glucose now. And, seems that is every time I open Hubpages :) You win! Congrats for the hub of the day! Definitely (sp) caught my attention! Churned up my mind a little and either will have butter or ice cream.

      My tdoc = therapist has been trying to convince me to shop at Trader Joe's for years. I shop at Albertson's cause that use to be Alpha-Beta where both bros worked - butcher & produce section leaders. They're retired, so I don't think they will mind if I go GREEN. This article caused change or affect causes effect. Mix this with the artichoke scramble by PDXK and I got a winning combination now :) Amazon looks intriguing too.

      DO have a good day and evening. Say hello to the Oregonians I know in that area for me. One used to be a AA Funny Car driver too . . .(we never met).

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      8 years ago

      Congrats on your award for a super hub. This will be helpful to people wanting to know where to shop for their healthiest options!

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      Liz Elias 

      8 years ago from Oakley, CA

      Great hub--congrats on HOTD!!

      The only one of these in our area is "TJ's" as we call it (at least within the family). They do have some amazing items, but sadly, not much of it is within our budget range. There are just a few specialty thing we get there that are not carried at other stores.

      Most of our shopping is done at Winco Foods, a large chain employee-owned 'big box' grocery store.

      What irks me about all of it, is WHY foods that are healthier and better for you cost so much more than highly processed, additive-filled garbage food. It seems to me it should cost MORE to do all that to food, so natural/organic/healthy foods should be the cheaper option! WHAT is wrong with this picture???

      Voted up, awesome, interesting and useful. Shared as well.

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      8 years ago

      Awesome hub! I laughed at the "whole paycheck" remark. It can get pricy sometimes but we mainly stick to buying higher quality meat at these type of stores. Great information.

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      Shalah Chayil 

      8 years ago from Billings, Montana

      Excellent !!! information.

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      8 years ago from USA

      Voted up and usefuL!

      Congrats on HOTD!

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      8 years ago from Rancho Cucamonga,CA, USA

      Awesome Hub! Thanks for sharing it. Congratulations on Hub of the day!

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      8 years ago from San Francisco

      Great Hub, Stephanie! Congrats on HOTD! All of my grocery shopping is from Whole Foods, Trader Joes, and our wonderful selection of local Farmer's Markets here in Northern California!

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      8 years ago

      Can't wait to get something similar to wholefoods in Slovenia. WE only have reeeeaaally small parts of certain stores and the prices x3 in comparison to normal food.

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      Stephanie Marshall 

      8 years ago from Bend, Oregon

      Thank you happyboomernurse! Farmer's markets are the highlight of my summer. Have a great day! Steph

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      Gail Sobotkin 

      8 years ago from South Carolina

      Well researched article with great links. Congrats on earning Hub of the Day award.

      I love going to local farmer's markets. They have just begun the season here in Delaware and will be in many of our towns one day a week through October.

      Voted your hub up across the board except for funny.

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      Stephanie Marshall 

      8 years ago from Bend, Oregon

      Wonderful and thanks all! So nice to have this appreciated HOTD award for the hub. Amazon Green is a nice option for people that live in smaller communities that may not have Trader Joe's or Whole Foods. Of course, farmer's markets and locally raised meat are often viable options, too. Cheers, Steph

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      8 years ago

      Congratulations on a great "Hub of the Day"! I too love Whole Foods and Trader Joe's (I love their blueberry green tea!) I didn't know about Amazon Green. I think that what we eat has a definite influence on our health--it's always comforting to know more about our food. Thanks for the great tips! Voted up!

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      Brenda Barnes 

      8 years ago from America-Broken But Still Beautiful

      Amazon Green sounds exciting. I will go look at that site. I love local farmer's markets and we have some You Pick farms in the area but no Trader Joe's or Whole Foods. But I love our tiny town. Thank you for the great tips. Congratulations on Hub of the Day.

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      Mary Hyatt 

      8 years ago from Florida

      Congrats on HOTD! Excellent Hub! I had never heard of shopping on Amazon Green, but will certainly check that out. We don't have any of the other stores you mentioned, but we do have a Farmer's Market that comes only on Sundays. I enjoy shopping there. I will vote this Hub UP, etc. and share with my followers. Hope you have a wonderful day.

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      8 years ago

      Nice HUB. Congratulations for the hub of the day.


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      Vespa Woolf 

      8 years ago from Peru, South America

      I love Whole Foods and Trader Joe's. Great hub! Congrats on HOTD!

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      Susan Zutautas 

      8 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      Great hub Steph! I wish there was a Whole Foods market closer to where I live. There are several in Ontario but they're all located in and around the Toronto area. I do enjoy shopping at my local farmers market.

      Congrats on HOTD.

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      Brian Slater 

      8 years ago from England

      Great hub Steph and congrats on hotd, much deserved. I'm going to share this cus it's very informative and I a topic close to my heart. :)

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      Kristin Trapp 

      8 years ago from Illinois

      My husband often makes a special trip out-of-the-way for meat and a few other items from Whole Foods. I am going to definitely see if they deliver to us. Thanks for the tip. I'm also going to check out Amazon Green. Congratulations on Hub of the Day.

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      8 years ago

      Steph! Congrats on HOTD! You did an excellent job highlighting the differences between each grocery store! Where I live we only have Whole Foods in fact I've never been to Trader Joe's. I can't believe all they sell are non-GMO foods. It would make it easier for me to shop if Whole Foods did not sell any GMO foods! Thanks for sharing your knowledge on this! Take care, Kelley

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      JP Carlos 

      8 years ago from Quezon CIty, Phlippines

      I did not know Amazon sold organic products. Great hub on earth-friendly stores. We really need to patronize more of these stores.

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      Stephanie Marshall 

      8 years ago from Bend, Oregon

      Bill, you are an excellent hubber and I consider you a friend here on HP! I appreciate any time you stop by and read/comment on my hubs. :) I do love writing on the environment and health issues. Glad you enjoy the hubs. Best to you, Steph

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      Bill Holland 

      8 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Steph, let me say first of all that I apologize for not reading a hub by you of late. There is no excuse and what really makes it amazing is that I consider you an excellent writer who writes about a subject that is near and dear to my heart, namely the environment. I have been trying to catch on with someone for a year to write about the environment; such is my love of the subject. Anyway, this is an excellent article and I promise to be back more often.

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      8 years ago from here in my house

      Great hub, Steph! I was interested to see that Trader Joes (my fave!) was voted top in your poll by your readers, but I was really interested to read about some of the other places you mentioned, especially Amazon Green, which I had not heard of. I will be sure to check some of these new names out. It is so important, as you say, for all of us to try to try to make eco-friendly changes in our lifestyles.

      Voted up and useful!

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      Stephanie Marshall 

      8 years ago from Bend, Oregon

      Jimbo's looks great! I wish there were stores further north in Oregon. I went to their website and the store looks amazing! Lots of great organic produce and high standards for the products themselves. Best, Steph

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      Stephanie Marshall 

      8 years ago from Bend, Oregon

      Hi Arlene,

      Well, I am a big proponent of locally grown products that you can get at a farmer's market. Sounds like Sacramento has a few good grocery stores for earth friendly products. Sorry you got so sick at Whole Foods!

      Amazon Green is an online retailer, so you don't need one locally to shop there. Best to you, Steph

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      8 years ago

      Thanks for the list. I already shop at Whole Foods and Trader's Joes--love them. What do you think of Jimbos? Good to learn from the expert!! Thanks.

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      Arlene V. Poma 

      8 years ago

      I haven't stepped in a Whole Foods since 2008! I sampled some tabbouli and got sick. But I do duck into Trader Joe's at times. Through your article on "The Five Best Grocery Stores," no Amazon Green and Natural Grocers that I know of around here, but we are getting some new grocery stores in Sacramento. Will have to check them out. Being a farm girl growing up around pesticides, I am slowly seeing the light--starting with beef. Voted up and everything else.

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      Stephanie Marshall 

      8 years ago from Bend, Oregon

      Hi teaches,

      Before Trader Joe's came to my hometown, I would longingly reminisce about our old home in Seattle that was near so many Trader Joe's stores. Hopefully, you will get one in your town soon! Best, STeph

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      Stephanie Marshall 

      8 years ago from Bend, Oregon

      Hi Jaye,

      Thank you! Sounds like you have many options for finding healthy products where you live.

      I won't get up on my soapbox (maybe in another hub), but the small "premium" you might pay for organics, non-GMO, chemical-free products is a sound investment in your health and longevity. Best to you, Steph

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      Stephanie Marshall 

      8 years ago from Bend, Oregon

      Hi Danette, your comment totally makes me smile! I debated about including the CSA, but it really is a wonderful service for people looking for a variety of locally grown, organic goods. Plus, it can help you expand your tastes, offering produce you might not otherwise pick out at the grocery store. Cheers, Steph

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      Stephanie Marshall 

      8 years ago from Bend, Oregon

      Hi watergeek, even more excellent that you can walk to Trader Joe's and Whole Foods! Sounds like you live in a great area with lots of choices for fresh, earth friendly products and food.

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      Dianna Mendez 

      8 years ago

      I shop at Whole Foods for my healthy food items but I also frequent Fresh Foods and Publix because they also have natural, organic food items. I would love to be near a Trader Joe's. My family in the midwest shops there and the food choices are wonderful.

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      Jaye Denman 

      8 years ago from Deep South, USA

      Very good hub, and I'm always glad to see someone promoting organic foods. You're so right about the cost from the perspective of one's health. People who think they're saving money by buying non-organic, factory-farmed foods are only spending it on healthcare needed because of the toxins they consume. Thanks for spreading this good word!

      I shop from the few organic farmers at our local farmers market when they're open, and also at a Fresh Market that stocks more organic foods than a traditional supermarket. I also purchase many organic and green items from A Whole Foods Market is scheduled to open near my neighborhood next year, so the quest to find organics may become easier.

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      Danette Watt 

      8 years ago from Illinois

      Hi, When I saw your article and the list beginning with Whole Foods and Trader Joes, I was immediately reminded of a comment someone called in to my local paper's "Sound Off." The person was wondering why our town didn't have either of those stores what with the growing interest in organic foods, etc.

      I quickly dashed off a letter to the editor explaining that, while it would be nice to have either of them in our town, we had the next best thing - a CSA (which I have written about in several of my hubs).

      So I was pleased to see that you included CSA in your list because I think it is a viable option for those without a Whole Foods or Trader Joes nearby. Voted up

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      Susette Horspool 

      8 years ago from Pasadena CA

      The very first Trader Joe's ever is located in Pasadena CA, right around the corner from me. I shop there and at Whole Foods regularly, both within walking distance. For a year or so I had a CSA deliver to my apartment, until I started working fulltime in LA. We have 3 Farmers Markets within 5 miles of here, and now there's an Arroyo Food Coop starting up. Lots of choices for this area.

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      Stephanie Marshall 

      8 years ago from Bend, Oregon

      Thanks! Isn't it great that there is healthy competition for grocery stores carrying eco-friendly products? And also that you can shop online and/or get delivery from local farms of the best organic products? Appreciate the comment - all the best, Steph

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      8 years ago

      I love Trader Joes!!! Rochester,ny is getting one this year!!! I work for Wegmansconnect Food Markets here, but competition is healthy.

      I like learning about amazon green and CSA...thank you!

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      Stephanie Marshall 

      8 years ago from Bend, Oregon

      Thanks Simone! I'm surprised that Amazon Green has not been better promoted. Glad that so many people are learning about it here. :)

      I also found the extensive green education and outreach programs offered by these grocery stores very impressive. Thanks much, Steph

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      Stephanie Marshall 

      8 years ago from Bend, Oregon

      Hi Lisa, thanks! When they built a Trader Joe's in Bend Oregon (where I live), it was practically a national holiday! Everyone seems to love the store. I'm also looking forward to Farmer's Market season - about 2 months away. Appreciate the comment/votes! Best, Steph

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      Simone Haruko Smith 

      8 years ago from San Francisco

      Whoah, I hadn't heard of Amazon Green before- that's so cool!! Also, I wasn't aware of the fact that TJ's food contains only non-GMO ingredients. I've learned a bunch from this Hub!

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      Liz Rayen 

      8 years ago from California

      Stephhicks68, I love this hub! I shop at Trader Joe's When I'm in the area. We have a couple of organic stores closer to us that I use. The season is coming up for the Farmer's markets every Thurday now. Thank you for a great informational Hub. Well worth the bookmarking! Voted Up! Lisa

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      Stephanie Marshall 

      8 years ago from Bend, Oregon

      Hi Amy - my kid LOVE shopping at Trader Joe's with me. Its fun that they have the little shopping carts too. Everything about it is a great experience - ringing the bell, the friendly employees dressed in fun Hawaiian shirts, and I'm never disappointed with the quality of their products. I'm also with you, eagerly awaiting the opening of the small roadside farm markets! Cheers, Steph

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      Stephanie Marshall 

      8 years ago from Bend, Oregon

      Hi Deborah - a food buying co-op sounds wonderful! I really love the taste of "real" local, organically grown food. Excellent point about being able to enjoy the benefits of a CSA year round. Thanks for the great comment! Best, Steph

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      Stephanie Marshall 

      8 years ago from Bend, Oregon

      Thanks Robie! We participate in the Amazon Prime program (I think its $79 a year), but you get free 2-day shipping on anything you order, so Amazon Green is practically like home-delivery of items. Wegman's is another good one. Hmmm.... maybe add to the list of 5? :) Best, Steph

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      8 years ago from Southeastern Pennsylvania

      What an informative hub, Steph! I didn't know about Amazon Green, either. That's definitely a convenient source. Trader Joe's is my favorite for their customer service, communications, and reasonably priced and high-quality store brand. I love Whole Foods for the tasty samples. :) Voted up, interesting, useful!

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      amy jane 

      8 years ago from Connecticut

      Thanks for a great hub, Steph! Trader Joe's is my favorite. My kids even love going shopping with me there. :)

      Amazon Green sounds like a great alternative for us too. I can't wait for the little farm markets to open here in New England - nothing beats their produce!

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      Deborah Neyens 

      8 years ago from Iowa

      Great hub and wonderful information. I shop at Amazon all the time but had no idea about Amazon Green. We don't have Whole Foods or Trader Joes where I live, but we do have an awesome food co-op, New Pioneer, where I get organic, earth-friendly products. I also recently joined a food-buying co-op that links consumers to local producers. All the ordering is done on-line on a first come, first served basis and there is a distribution site to pick up the orders once a month. In fact, tody is pick-up day. Yay! I'll be getting pastured, grass-fed beef, organic pork, and organic chicken, all raised by local farmers. The products change every month based on the season and what's available, so not a lot of produce now except spinach, which I have in my own garden. It's a great option for people who want to eat local food, like a CSA but year-round.

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      Roberta Kyle 

      8 years ago from Central New Jersey

      A fabulous hub Steph-- well organized and full of great green info as usual. I love Trader Joe's and Whole Foods--and would add Wegman's to your list. And wow-- who knew about Amazon Green. I'm going right over there to have a look now. Definitely bookmarking this and voting up up up


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