How to Buy Organic

Look for the MOFGA certified organic label for organic products grown and raised in Maine.
There are many ways to buy organic – from shopping at your local grocery store or co-op to purchasing organic items directly from a farm via a farm stand or farmers’ market, or through a CSA or buying club. Here are some resources to help you find organic products near you and eat locally year-round.

Find MOFGA Certified Organic Foods and Products

From fresh produce, meat and dairy products to pantry staples like flour, condiments and even coffee (roasted in Maine), you can search for products by type and region in our organic database.
Find Organic

Find a Farmers’ Market

Maine is home to a vibrant array of farmers’ markets – many of which operate year-round. At a farmers’ market, you can stock up on everything Maine has to offer each season: from tender spring greens to hearty winter storage vegetables and much more.
Find a Market

Join a CSA

With Community Supported Agriculture (CSA), farmers offer shares (or weekly subscriptions) of their harvest – allowing CSA members to sample the season while helping to minimize farmers’ risks by paying up-front for their CSA share. Most CSAs feature vegetables and fruits, while others offer meat, dairy, eggs, grains and more.

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Find a CSA

Find a Retail Outlet

MOFGA certified organic products are increasingly available at retail stores throughout the state and the Northeast. Retail outlets are varied in what they offer and may operate seasonally. We created a map to help you find local organic products. Look for the MOFGA logo where you shop!
Find a Retail Outlet

Where to Buy Seedlings

Looking to get your garden off to the right start? Purchasing local organic seedlings in the spring is one way to do this. Check out our resource listing and map of Maine garden centers offering organic seedlings.
Find Organic Seedlings

Join a CSA

With Community Supported Agriculture (CSA), farmers offer shares (or weekly subscriptions) of their harvest – allowing CSA members to sample the season while helping to minimize farmers’ risks by paying up-front for their CSA share. Most CSAs feature vegetables and fruits, while others offer meat, dairy, eggs, grains and more.

Learn More
Find a CSA

Resources for Eating Organic

There are many ways to buy organic – from shopping at your local grocery store or co-op to purchasing organic items directly from a farm via a farm stand or farmers’ market, or through a CSA or buying club. Here are some resources to help you find organic products near you and eat locally year-round.
Seasonal Food Guides
Buying local and organic is an opportunity to celebrate each food during its unique season: strawberries in July, sweet corn in September. Not sure what’s in season?
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Organic for All

We aim to change the environment in which people make their food decisions so that local organic food is an accessible choice for everyone. Our work with the Maine Harvest Bucks program helps SNAP/EBT shoppers stretch their food budgets.
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