Marketing Organic Products

Farmers Markets

fresh herb and vegetable display

The marketing model used in conventional agriculture is not easily applied to organic systems. Currently, local elevators that accept organic grains are not common, though they do exist in some areas. Farmers who transition to organic production must also transition their marketing strategies. Whether growing organic grains, herbs, fruits and vegetables, or raising organically certified livestock, marketing becomes an additional consideration. Producers who have always sold to local elevators will find that quality time will be needed to do a good job with marketing organic products.

Nebraska Department of Agriculture Farmers’ Market Online Database lists local farmers markets across the state as well as produce stands and local producers. It also identifies vendors participating in one of NDA’s fresh produce coupon programs for low income individuals.

Lincoln's Historic Haymarket Farmers Market May - October

Omaha's Farmers Market at 11th & Jackson St. May 2 - Oct. 10

Check these national resources for further information on organic producers, processors, and suppliers:

Also see the Marketing and Economics section in CropWatch for budgets, markets, news.

Organic BuyersContact InformationProducts
Nebraska Food Coop Nebraska's online, year-round farmers' market and local food distribution service.
BUY fresh buy local® Nebraska This outreach and marketing program to support local foods began in 2006 based on research by a group of consumers, farmers, non-profits, and small local businesses who wanted to create a local food system. With on-going grass roots support, it is a collaborative effort of the Nebraska Sustainable Ag SocietyNebraska Cooperative Development Center and Great Plains RC&D, along with national partner FoodRoutes Network.
Grain Place Foods Dave Vetter
1904 N. Hwy 14, Marquette, NE 68854
Ph. (402) 854-3195
Fax: (402) 854-2566
Popcorn, corn, soybeans, wheat, and hull-less barley
The Scoular Company Kevin Dvorak
2027 Dodge St., Omaha, NE 68102
Phone: (800) 488-3500
Corn, soybeans, wheat
Heartland Mills Rt. 1 Box 2, Marienthal, KS 67863
Ph. (620) 379-4472
Fax: (620) 379-4459
Certified organic processor of oats, rye, sunflowers, cornmeal, stone-ground whole wheat flours, white flours, feed grains
Roberts Seed, Inc. Joe and Leisha Roberts, 982 22 Road, Axtell, NE 68924
Ph (308) 743-2565
Fax (308) 743-2048
Corn, soybeans, oats, wheat, any grains, soybean meal, and custom processing
Grain Millers Specialty Products Paul Drake 9531 West 78 Street, Suite 400 Eden Prairie, MN 55344
Ph (800) 328-5188
Fax: (952) 942-9649
Corn, soybeans, and wheat
Clarkson Grain Company, Inc. PO Box 80 320 East South St., Cerro Gordo, IL 61818
Ph. (217) 763-2861 (800) 252-1638
Soybeans, sunflower, com, wheat, buckwheat, spelt, beans, popcorn, milo
Eden Foods Angela Jackson-Pirdie Clinton, MI 49236
Ph.: 888-441-EDEN (3336)
Fax: (517) 456-6075
All grains and beans; livestock
Organic Grassfed Beef Coalition PO Box 125
Vermillion, SD 57069
Midwest Organic Farmers Cooperative Janet Cowling
Ph. (734) 429-9109 or 9110
Fax (734) 429-9101
Midwest Organic Products
Stonebridge Ltd. Tim Daley, Production Agronomist
3411 Midway Dr., Cedar Falls, IA 50613
Ph. (319) 277-4277
Fax ( 319) 277-4274
Mobile 319-239-7143
Soybeans and cleaning facility
Hesco Deborah W. Cohen
Ph. (410) 472-9158 or (443) 739-9158
Soybeans, wheat, oats, millet, corn, flax, rye, triticale, sorghum, barley, buckwheat
Shadowbrook farm

Near Lincoln

A small, family-owned specialty vegetable farm, "we are committed to sustainable farming practices and are devoted to being good stewards of our land. We want to help move towards a ‘regional food system’ where food is sold directly to the consumer rather than traveling many miles to reach your plate.”
Product Review Services
Custom Certification Services, Inc. Marva Holt, Secretary
5268 RD 99, Dalton, NE 69131-8213
Ph. (308) 377-2272
Fax. (308) 377-2274
Custom Certification
Organic Materials Review Institute (OMRI) Box 11558, Eugene, OR 97440
Ph. 541-343-7600
Fax: 541-343-8971
Disclaimer:  Reference to commercial products or trade names is made with the understanding that no discrimination is intended and no endorsement by the University of Nebraska-Lincoln is implied.

Marketing and Selling Resources

Many sustainable producers use forms of marketing and selling that are quite different from those used in conventional farming.  They often find that they must take a more proactive and interpersonal role in getting their product sold and promoting their business.  This section contains links to many of the great videos, PowerPoint presentations and other online resources that offer the best information and tactics for sustainable agriculture marketing and selling.