We are so fortunate to live in an area with multiple options for organic shopping. Here are a few of the great places in the Baltimore area you should check out.
Local Farm Stands and Farmers Markets
Purchasing from a local farm can be healthier and less expensive than purchasing from the grocery store. Local farms often offer competitive prices since you’re cutting out the middle man. Plus, produce is fresher, which means it contains more nutrients than those that sit on a truck or in the stock room before making it to your fridge. Check with local growers about their farming methods. While many farms may not be certified organic, they often practice sustainable or organic farming methods.
Community Supported Agriculture is a cost-effective way to ensure that your kitchen is loaded with a variety of fresh, locally grown produce every week. When you join a CSA you purchase a share or membership to the farm for that growing season. You pay one fee at the beginning of the season and then return each week or so to pick up your share of produce. Each CSA is different - some offer large shares, while others offer smaller ones; some are mix and match farmer’s market style and others are pre-packaged for you with a set list each week. Shop around to find the CSA that works best for you. Check out LocalHarvest to find farms, farmers markets, and CSA’s near you.
Grocery Stores with Quality Organic Sections
Here are just a few of the stores in the Greater Baltimore area that offer a variety of organic products.
Wegmans offers a large selection of organic produce and packaged products. It carries almost 400Wegmans brand organic products, in addition to many other popular organic brands.
Trader Joe’s is known for its organic, vegetarian, and vegan products. Over 80% of the products carried are from the Trader Joe’s label, which helps to keep costs low. The label also promises no artificial flavors, colors or preservatives, MSG, genetically modified ingredients, or trans fats.
Whole Foods Market emphasizes organic and “natural” products, which it defines as minimally processed foods that are free of hydrogenated fats, artificial flavors, colors, sweeteners, and preservatives. It does not carry products that include any of the 80+ ingredients found on its Unacceptable Ingredients List, including aspartame, high fructose corn syrup, and hydrogenated oils.
David’s Natural Market sells organic produce, as well as natural, gluten-free, raw, vegan, dairy-free, and soy-free products. David’s is a family-owned business with three locations in Maryland, including Forest Hill.
Milk and Honey Market, located in Baltimore City’s Mount Vernon neighborhood, offers farm-fresh eggs, organic vegetables and meat, and local products. The store also includes a coffee shop and deli.
MOM’S Organic Market sells organic produce, buys locally when possible, and stocks more organic products than most grocery stores. MOM’S has seven locations in Maryland, including one in Timonium.
Nature’s Fresh Health Food Store in Nottingham, Maryland sells groceries, beauty care products, vitamins, and supplements.
OK Natural Food Store is a small, family-owned business located in Baltimore City's Mount Vernon neighborhood. The store offers a variety of nutritional supplements, canned goods, nuts, grains, dry beans, hard to find herbs and spices, and prepared food with vegan options.