The slow food movement continues to grow, but industrial food still holds the upper hand over the American diet and market forces. Organizations like Slow Food USA are working hard to change policy and provide alternatives to current market structure for the mid-sized family farms. While small farms can sell direct to consumers through farmers markets and CSAs, mid-sized family farms have to think-outside-the-box to make it economically feasible to market to their local and regional food outlets. Some initiatives are ongoing where farmers and communities have collaborated on model farm-to-market enterprises, although these are relatively few. It is important for all of us who care where our food comes from and how it is grown to get on board the slow food train. Here are a few of our top picks for sustainable farming. We’d love to hear about yours.

Sustainable Farms:

  1. Applecheek Farm
  2. Boggy Creek Farm
  3. Braga Organic Farms
  4. Calvert’s Gift Farm
  5. Charlies Gourmet Garlic Farm
  6. Fat Robin Orchard & Farm
  7. Jack-O-Lantern Farms
  8. Lifeline Farm
  9. Masumoto Family Farm

10.  Monroe Organic Farms

11.  Muth Family Farm

12.  Nature’s Harmony Farm

13.  North Valley Farms Chévre, Inc.

14.  Sage Mountain Farm

15.  Stokesberry Sustainable Farm

16.  Sunbow Farm

17.  Wintergreen Farm

Seeds for Sustainable Farms:

18.  High Mowing Organic Seeds

Sustainable Aquaculture:

  1. Tomales Bay Oyster Company
  2. Tsar Nicoulai Caviar