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River Valley Market

330 N. King St.
Northampton, MA
(413) 584-2665

The culmination of a lot of hard work by a lot of principled people in the community, River Valley Market walks its talk like perhaps no other. Thirty-two percent of its purchased products are from within 100 miles, including organic local cheeses, breads, beer, wine, seafood, meat and produce, and over 350 items are available in bulk (minimalizing packaging), including flour, cereal/granola, nuts, coffee, local maple syrup, supplements, herbs, laundry soap, shampoo and green cleaning products. It has a café that offers breakfast, lunch and dinner and a bakery with fresh cakes, pies and cookies, and given its shopping bag incentive program, 36 kw solar array and 80 percent recycling/composting of its own waste, the supermarket of the future could do a lot worse than model itself on this market's laudable achievement.

Also won: 1st place Local green business
2nd place Health food store
2nd place Place for fair trade products
3rd place Place for homemade soup
2nd: Whole Foods Market
327 Russell St. (Rte. 9)
Hadley, MA
(413) 586-9932

and various locations
Also won: 1st place, Health food store
3rd place, Place for fair trade products

3rd: Frigo's
90 Williams St.
Springfield, MA
(413) 732-5428

159 Shaker Rd.
East Longmeadow, MA
(413) 525-9400
Also won: 3rd place, Place for gift baskets

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