People have become more health conscious and concerned with what they put in their bodies. Words like non-GMO and organic are ever-present when it comes to the type of food we buy. Although many grocery stores have an organic produce section, those tend to be small and limited in what is provided. For the serious organic produce-seeker, these five locations are highly recommended.
Pike Place Market
1st Ave. and Pike St.
Seattle, WA 98101
(206) 682-7453
www.pikeplacemarket.orgPike Place Market, or “The Market” as it’s known to those that live in Seattle, has been operating on a constant basis since 1907 and offers a superfluity of fresh, organic and locally-grown options from resident famers and business owners. The Market is only closed twice a year, on Thanksgiving and Christmas, and operates almost 20 hours each day, so there’s plenty of time to check out all the produce options and seasonal offerings. If you’re new to The Market or even the area, it’s a good idea to check out the map on The Market’s website to help you plan your visit. Because of its popularity, The Market can be very crowded and very busy, so understanding the set-up and where you want to spend your time and money before visiting is a must.

Terra Organics
815 S. 28th St., Unit B
Tacoma, WA 98409
(253) 627-1581
terra-organics.comTerra Organics grows much of their produce at a farm in Orting, but they do also buy from other local farms. Everything they grow and purchase from other regional farms are certified USDA organic. Terra Organics has a convenient online shopping method for those who prefer purchasing from the comfort of their home. Customers have the option of having their produce delivered, or they can pick it up at many local partner locations such as Seattle, Tacoma, Burien, Renton, and Olympia, to name a few.

Central Co-op
1600 E. Madison St.
Seattle, WA 98122
(206) 329-1545
www.centralcoop.coopEven though this is a co-op, you don’t have to be an owner to shop and take advantage of the organic produce they have going on here. The co-op is open seven days a week and has a large selection of produce from local farmers. Not only can you visit this wonderful store, you can also order from a wonderful selection of organic produce and have it delivered! Central Co-op also has a location in Tacoma at 3002 6th Ave. for south-end shoppers that can’t make it up to Seattle.

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Tacoma Farmers Market
902 Market St.
Tacoma, WA 98402
(253) 272-7077
tacomafarmersmarket.comThe Tacoma Farmers Market began in 1990, and this year’s market schedule shows five different markets that operate under the Tacoma Farmers Market umbrella, which means even more choice for the particular shopper. If you’re looking for something specific, be sure to check the seasonality chart on the market website. Some of the organic options include fresh produce from Wild Hare Organic Farm, Hayton Farms Berries, and Sidhu Farms, to name a few. Depending on the market location, they run from May to October or June to August. Each market location operates once a week, on certain days and times during the season, so it’s best to check the website to plan your shopping trip.

Proctor Farmers’ Market
272 N. Proctor
Tacoma, WA 98407
(253) 961-3666
www.proctorfarmersmarket.comWhile not a year-round Farmers Market, this market in the Proctor District of Tacoma operates between March and December every Saturday from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. The Proctor Farmers’ Market is mainly focused on offering locally-sourced food items, including organic produce from farms like Alvarez Organic Farms and Zestful Gardens. Because this market operates only once a week during its operating season, visitors will want to subscribe to the weekly newsletter. Subscribers will not only receive updates on events happening at the market, but will also receive coupons and seasonal recipes.

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Megan B. March lives in Tacoma, Washington with her husband and daughter and is a published author of adult fiction. She also writes articles about career management in Tacoma for Prior to changing careers to become a full-time Writer, she spent more than 10 years in the Human Resources (HR) field.