- Items we don't carry, but we can get for you,
- Cases of items we do carry,
- Something we usually carry but you want to make sure we have in stock for you.
The Doylestown Food Market strives to meet to the growing interest in supporting local and sustainable farming operations while nourishing our community with healthful foods that have traveled the shortest possible distance to our tables. We have worked with our members to establish these product quality preferences, and we work hard everyday to source products adhering to these principles. We live by the mantra ... KNOW YOUR FARMER!
How we choose our products (or what we call the Doylestown Dozen):
- Locally Produced
- No Genetic Engineering
- Whole Ingredients
- Minimally Packaged
- Small Scale Production
- Fair Trade
- Member Driven
- Co-op Principles
The Doylestown Food Market's top priority is selling products that are produced or manufactured locally. The Market supports the foodshed definition that local refers to product originating within a 100-mile radius. Product displays include the name and location of the producer whenever possible. Regional, domestic and imported items are displayed when more specific producer information cannot be obtained.
Certified organically grown and produced food products are prioritized and made available at the Market. Alternative labels such as “Certified Naturally Grown”, “Sustainable Growers Union”, “Transition to organic” and “Food Alliance Certified” are labeled as such. Information is available in the store to provide definitions and stated growing practices of each label and certifying agency. In keeping with our top priority, The Doylestown Food Market strongly supports local producers who use best practices but do not have the resources for official certification.
Genetically Engineered -free
The Doylestown Food Market makes every effort to provide our customers with products that, to the best of our knowledge, do not contain genetically engineered ingredients. Care must be taken that the common term “GMO,” which can include traditional hybridization, is not confused with the objectionable practice of genetic engineering.
We make every effort to provide our customers with products that are not irradiated or contain irradiated ingredients. We make every effort to provide our customers with products that are not irradiated or contain irradiated ingredients. For more information on this topic, visit the FDA's web page.
We prioritize products with minimal processing, whole ingredients and natural sweeteners. Products should be free of unnecessary additives or preservatives and free of overly processed ingredients, i.e. hydrolyzed soy protein, soy protein isolate, MSG, high fructose corn syrup and hydrogenated oils.
Products with the least environmental impact as possible - Minimally Packaged
How is the carbon impact on the product lifecycle determined? Is locally produced using coal power better than product obtained from a great distance but produced using solar power? Our members may have many different opinions about these issues.
Here are some of the ways that we can minimize environmental impact: The Doylestown Food Market prioritizes bulk products, limits the number of products sold in non-recyclable or energy-intensive packaging, and encourages recycling and the use of recycled containers. In the non-foods department, we carry primarily biodegradable products, post-consumer recycled and non-dyed paper products, low- and no-phosphate detergents, and health and body care products which are not tested on laboratory animals.
Small Scale Production - Animal products
The production of dairy, meat and poultry sold by the Doylestown Food Market reflects a desire to promote responsible and environmentally sustainable animal husbandry practices. When possible, we prioritize purchasing from small scale farms committed to rotational grazing as their primary management tool in an effort to support the health and well-being of all parties involved (animals, people, and the planet).
For some, fresh food means that which is the prettiest, brightest, shiniest, even if waxed or sprayed to help it stay "fresh" longer. For others, it means how long it has been away from the farm/ orchard. Seasonal is a component of this. Define it as you understand it.
Fair Practice and Social Justice
We avoid knowingly selling products from any vendor who engages in unfair labor practices. From the labor of its product suppliers to the labor of its own employees, our Market makes every effort to observe and promote social justice. The Doylestown Food Market supports domestic and/or international Fair Trade certification when available.
“Artisan” is a term used to describe food produced by non-industrialised methods, often handed down through generations but now in danger of being lost. Tastes and processes, such as fermentation, are allowed to develop slowly and naturally, rather than curtailed for mass-production. Generally, there are far fewer ingredients and the products have shorter shelf lives.
Relationships and Cooperatives
In our partnerships and relationships, we seek out companies, especially other cooperative enterprises, with high reputability within the industry, integrity in what they produce and honesty in how they conduct business. We do our best to inform and educate consumers about the products we offer.
A cooperative exists to meet the needs of its members. Some co-ops make the decision to modify their product policy, even if it is not necessarily consistent with their mission, based on the desires of their members. For example, a demand for low priced meats may result in selling meats from producers whose practices are inconsistent with some of the other values.
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