You have a lot of choices when it comes to shopping for produce in Santa Clara County, from conventional grocery stores to big box membership stores.
However, some customers want a more personal way to shop for fresh, healthy and local vegetables and fruit. For these families, local produce markets may be the ideal solution.
Santa Clara County produce markets throughout San Jose, Sunnyvale, Santa Clara, Mountain View and Milpitas, among other areas, are usually community-based retailers that sell vegetables, fruit, meats, dairy, bread and artisan products. You'll probably also be able to find a selection of local products, organic foods, pesticide-free vegetables, free-range eggs, grass-fed meats, heirloom vegetables, and hormone-free dairy products among other items.
Why Buy Local Produce at Santa Clara Community Markets?
Many consumers are trying to eat more healthfully by reducing the amount of synthetic pesticides and fertilizers in their foods, limiting their intake of GMO fruits and vegetables, and incorporating more hormone-free foods and free-range meats into their diets. For many consumers, this also means buying more local foods.
Santa Clara County and the Greater Bay Area has a moderate climate and is near rural areas that are responsible for growing a wide variety of produce. Local produce markets in Santa Clara County, including those in Sunnyvale, San Jose, Campbell, Gilroy, Morgan Hill and the surrounding areas, sell this produce to customers who want to buy fresh fruits and vegetables that are closer to the source and have to travel less distance between the farm and the table.
Reasons why some customers choose to buy from local markets and community grocery stores rather than traditional supermarkets include:
- Fresh, local produce from in and around Santa Clara County.
- Organic, hormone free, no-spray, pesticide-free, non-GMO products.
- A larger selection of heritage and heirloom produce, which may be harder to find in traditional grocery stores because of their fragile nature.
- Natural products that have been minimally processed.
- Meat, eggs and dairy products from grass-fed, free-range or pastured animals.
- A close relationship between the store and the farmers who produce the food.
- Closer ties to the community / more money from each sale stays in the community.
Deciding Among Local Produce Markets and Conventional Grocery Stores
Some community markets carry a wider variety of produce than others, and not all have the same commitment to quality foods and service. So you'll want to choose carefully when deciding which local produce market you'll patronize.
Some customers will find all the foods they need and want at local community markets, while others may need to split the shopping duties between traditional grocery stores and a good local produce market.
Still, no matter where you shop, you'll want to look for the same things:
- Quality produce that is fresh.
- Reasonably priced fruit, vegetables, meats and dairy products.
- Fresh meats and dairy products.
- A variety of foods that are safe and healthy.
- Knowledgeable sales staff that can answer questions and help choose products.
- A convenient location with safe and plentiful parking.
- Convenient hours.
The information below will get you started and tell you what to look for in the better Santa Clara County community markets.View/Print