About The Common Market

The Common Market is a nonprofit regional food distributor with a mission to connect communities with good food from sustainable family farms. We strive to improve food security, farm viability, and community and ecological health.

Currently operating in the Mid-Atlantic, Georgia, and Texas, The Common Market is expanding to other U.S. regions to build a nation of vibrant regional food systems. Choose a location to become a customer, producer or to learn more about our local initiatives.

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Our History

Co-Founders Haile Johnston and Tatiana Garcia-Granados started the East Park Revitalization Alliance (EPRA) in 2003 to build a healthier community in Strawberry Mansion, their neighborhood in Philadelphia. Their focus was on health, sustainability and education. They planted hundreds of trees, founded a community garden, and developed an after-school program, a summer camp, and a farm stand.

Without a food distributor that could pool products from various local farmers, it was going to be difficult to bring more good food into the neighborhood.

The married couple soon realized that in order to change the health outcomes in their neighborhood, they needed to help establish a deeper food system intervention.

After years of research, Haile and Tatiana, along with Bob Pierson and the rest of the founding team, launched The Common Market in 2008 with a goal of connecting communities with good food from sustainable family farms.

 

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Since 2008, The Common Market aggregated and distributed over $22 million of local foods from over 200 sustainable family farms and producers.

Learn about our Anchor Institution Model

The Common Market partners with hospitals, schools and universities to build local economies and increase access to local foods.

Our Theory of Change

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