Places to Shop for Food

There are a variety of places in a community where food is sold. Local stores may blend features of different stores and markets to meet the needs of a community. In addition, some families product their own food in backyard gardens and orchards.

Type of Store Description
Grocery store Sells a variety of foods but does not offer as many choices as a supermarket.
Supermarket Sells many types and brands of food and nonfood products; may have specialty areas, such as a deli, bakery, pharmacy, photo department, or floral areas.
Warehouse store Offers retail prices that are close to wholesale prices. Display products in shipping crates or boxes, and require shoppers to bring their own shopping bags.
Convenience store Sells basic food and nonfood items, carrying only the most popular items in limited package sizes at higher prices than grocery stores.
Specialty store Emphasizes one type of food, such as a meat, fish, produce, cheese or bread; can be a gourmet type for hard to find foods and/or ethnic foods.
Food cooperative (Co-op) Formed when a group of people work together to buy food from wholesalers and divide it up amongst themselves. Large co-ops may have a permanent location and have food available for sale at all times, even to nonmembers.
Farmer's market Local people sell their own products, primarily fresh fruits and vegetables.
Roadside stand One farmer sells homegrown products, such as vegetables or fruit. If the stand is at a "U-pick" farm, the price for picking the product is less if you do the picking.

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