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The demand for organic food and environmentally friendly items is growing faster than any other segment of the food industry. This has paved the way for an increase in organic grocery stores and organic food markets. A few years ago the main place to purchase organic foods was at local health stores where the selection was usually limited. Today, because of the increased demand for naturally grown foods, even conventional grocery stores are stocking organic food and environmentally friendly items which makes them readily available to more consumers than ever before. Organic grocery stores are known for carrying a wide variety of organic and naturally grown items such as fresh fruits, vegetables, meats, bulk products and more. Organic grocery stores are also known for offering locally grown produce. The big difference between an organic grocery store and a traditional grocery store is that the majority, if not all, of the items in an organic grocery store are organic or natural. During the summer, organic food markets or farmers markets as they are commonly called, can be found in most cities. Purchasing fresh fruits and vegetables at an organic food market gives you the opportunity to meet the grower as well as buy items that are freshly picked and locally grown. Another way to purchase local organically grown items is to join a CSA which stands for Community Supported Agriculture. CSA's are popping up all over the country. In addition to fresh fruits and vegetables, some provide herbs, flowers, meat and eggs, all from their own local farm.
It's great that organic food's getting so much easier to find, particularly in conventional grocery stores as well. It's very useful when you don't have any organic stores nearby. It saves undoing all the good of buying organic by burning fuel to drive all the way to the store!