More farmers are coming to market with certifications
The vast majority of GCM farmers have already voluntarily earned certification — under one of seven national programs that monitor animal welfare, growing practices and labor practices. But by next year, certification will become a requirement to remain in the independent Lincoln Park market. "We wanted to make the market as transparent as possible," said Prairie Grass chef and GCM board co-chair Sarah Stegner. "When you say a farm is sustainable, it means a lot of different things to a lot of different people, and this (third-party certification system) is very clear."