These directories or listings of producers can reach customers. We have received several inquiries from Eat Wild and Local Harvest over the years. Some of these charge, but many are free and worth taking the few minutes to put in a listing.
Eat Well Guide at Sustainable Table
The Eat Well Guide is maintained as a searchable database of farms, restaurants, and markets.
Database searchable by zip code.
This is one of the oldest directories online for grassfed beef. Jo Robinson, long time grassfed advocate, maintains a list of grass fed producers by state There is now an annual fee for listing, but it may be worth your investment. We’ve had several patrons who found us on Eat Wild.
American Grassfed Association
With the loss of a USDA verified label for grass fed, the American Grassfed Association’s approved producer is the only third party verified grassfed label around. You can join the organization for $100, but to be approved and listed on AGA’s approved producer list will require a third party audit.
Local Harvest is another directory for farm direct selling that has been around for a long time.
Pennsylvania-based AgMap is a online searchable nationwide directory of America’s agricultural businesses, which includes producers, processors, and service providers. AgMap contains listings of not only traditional agicultural businesses, but also the businesses in forestry, turf grass, landscaping, nursery, and much more. While it is not likely that a customer will find you on this directory, other producers may network with you, and it is one more business card to hang out on the web.
USDA’s Local Food Directories helps customers locate farmers markets, on-farm markets, CSAs, and food hubs. The directories are managed and operated by the Agricultural Marketing Service (AMS), a USDA agency with the core mission of facilitating the fair and efficient marketing of U.S. agricultural products. You can add your information to the database at the main link. Check out the following directories maintained here to see which are the best fit for your operation.
- Farmers Market Directory – Market that features two or more farm vendors selling agricultural products directly to customers at a common, recurrent physical location.
- CSA Directory – Farm or network/association of multiple farms that offers consumers regular (usually weekly) deliveries of locally-grown farm products during one or more harvest season(s) on a subscription or membership basis. Customers have access to a selected share or range of farm products offered by a single farm or group of farmers based on partial or total advance payment of a subscription or membership fee.
- Food Hub – Business or organization that actively manages the aggregation, distribution, and marketing of source-identified food products to multiple buyers from multiple producers, primarily local and regional producers, to strengthen the ability of these producers to satisfy local and regional wholesale, retail, and institutional demand.
- On-Farm Market – Farm market managed by a single farm operator that sells agricultural and/or horticultural products directly to consumers from a location on their farm property or on property adjacent to that farm.
ATTRA has morphed into the The National Sustainable Agriculture Information Service, which doesn’t match up with it’s old acronym, but it is an amazing site full of great information. ATTRA’s directory is sort of a “super-directory” with listings to local organizations and state and regional directories.