So you’ve decided to take the plunge and change your diet to all-natural, organic foods. Now you have a new problem: it can take a really long time at the grocery store to find the products that fit your new diet. A relatively easy solution is to shop at organic markets. You should still be careful and read labels and ask questions, but you can be pretty certain that if you are shopping at these places, you will be getting all-natural, organic products. Where are these places in the Baltimore area? With so many people “going green,” these organic markets are popping up all over the place. Here are just a few of your many options.
Baltimore Farmers’ Market
There are a few really great farmers’ markets in the Baltimore area, but this is one of the biggest. At farmers’ markets, you do have to ask a few questions and find the truly organic vendors. Most local farmers grow their crops organically and raise their livestock organically, but not all. The vendors are mostly the same from week to week, so once you get the lay of the land, it shouldn’t be too hard to get incredibly fresh, organic meats and produce each week. Farmers’ markets are surrounded by great atmosphere and people who love to help. By shopping at them, you not only get fantastic products and information, but you also support local farmers. For many vendors, this is the sole venue for selling their products. This is their livelihood. Knowing you are helping out your neighbors will make these organic meals taste just a little sweeter.
Roots prides itself on only selling “clean foods.” There are no chemicals, no additives, no preservatives and no artificial colors, flavors or sweeteners. Almost all of the food products have no trans fats and none contain growth hormones or antibiotics. The produce section is 100 percent organic. Roots is an independently owned and operated business with two locations near Baltimore. Located right next to other organic shops in Conscious Corner, the Clarksville location is a one-stop shopping area for all of your “green” needs. After you stop in at Roots for your dinner items, head next door to Nest or Boulder to shop for some all-natural clothing and gifts. Roots tries to stay competitive with its prices and boasts that it is cheaper than other large chain stores like Whole Foods. You will be amazed at the selection Roots has to offer.
MOM’s Organic Market
MOM’s, which stands for “My Organic Market,” is not only redundant (technically, “My Organic Market’s Organic Market”), but it is also a great place to find organic food. In addition to a store filled with all-natural products, the company also takes a lot of “green” initiatives. According to the company’s website, MOM’s buys local whenever possible to cut down on transportation fuel use and to support the local economy. It supports “green” businesses by featuring products from companies promoting these ideals. MOM’s sells only sustainable seafood. Through careful planning with a third-party non-profit organization, the store only sells seafood that does not contribute to overfishing or environmental harm. MOM’s does not sell bottled water; it has a large selection of filters and water bottles and a special tap you can use to fill your containers. It offers free recycling for things like ink cartridges, plastic and light bulbs. MOM’s uses “green” construction techniques when it can. Some stores include skylights, concrete floors and items made from bamboo. MOM’s even brags that it gets 100 percent of its electricity from wind power. And there are many other “green” initiatives this company abides by. Get your “green” on at MOM’s.
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Tom Clocker is a freelance writer covering all things Baltimore. His work can be found on Examiner.com.