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Our Food Standards

The Common Market integrates its values into every aspect of business, and we have standards for the products we permit to be sold in the store: foods must be free of artificial dyes, preservatives, and flavorings, and humans and animals in the production process must be treated ethically and humanely. In addition to these standards, each department has specific standards, so customers can be knowledgeable and feel empowered about the products they purchase.

For an in-depth look at Organic practices, you can visit The Rodale Institute‘s website and check out their five part series on the myths of organic food and its production.

Meat & Seafood:

  1. Animals must be treated humanely, including having environments conducive to good health and wellbeing.
  2. Animals must be fed an exclusively vegetarian diet free of chemical additives.
  3. Animal living environment must be free of chemicals
  4. Animals must never have been given additional or artificial antibiotics, hormones, or parasiticides.
  5. Animals must be transported in a way that minimizes stress.
  6. Seafood must not be currently overfished, be fished using methods that harm the environment and/or other marine population, and must be sustainably sourced.


  1. Primarily USDA certified organic
  2. If not organic, then LOCAL
  3. FairTrade (when accessible)
  4. Sustainable


  1. Organic grains, flours, olive oil, beans.
  2. Organic and/or Local vegetables, and fruits.
  3. No artificial coloring, flavors, or preservatives.
  4. Large variety of local ingredients (as available).
  5. Meat & Seafood follow the above Meat & Seafood department guidelines.


  1. Organic, ethically wildcrafted, fair trade botanical ingredients.
  2. Sustainably-sourced raw materials

Banned Ingredients

We believe that you should know – and be able to pronounce – the ingredients in your food. That is why we do not sell any food or wellness product that has the ingredients listed in our Banned Ingredients lists. Click the links to view each list.

Banned Ingredients – Grocery Department

Banned Ingredients – Wellness Department

Health Attributes Key

Part of the coop’s mission is to make healthy food and knowledge of that food accessible. We identified 14 food attributes important to us as a community: organic, local, gluten-free, vegan, non-GMO, fairly traded, dairy-free, grass-fed, low-sodium, paleo-friendly, raw, hormone-free, cage-free, and free-range. Customers can now find these attributes keys displayed in several departments around the store. This key corresponds to the color-coded information on each price tag. Please note: we cannot guarantee the accuracy of every tag. Always be sure to read ingredients carefully before purchase.

Click to view and print the Health Attributes Key.