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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