Down to Earth Market

Farmers Market Management

Ossining, New York

United States

www.downtoearthmarkets.com

About Down to Earth Markets

In 1991, Down To Earth Markets founder, Miriam Haas, started the company’s first farmers market in Ossining, NY. At the time, growers were routinely spraying apples with the chemical Alar. Out of concern for the unknown health effects, she set out to connect with clean, local food sources. Two Hudson Valley farmers answered her call. Together they began selling produce directly to shoppers at a weekly market at the town’s main intersection. Today, Down to Earth Markets curates and manages approximately 20 farmers markets in Westchester County, Rockland County, and four of the five boroughs of New York City.
 

Down to Earth Markets bring together two kinds of vendors: local farmers and area food makers who source locally. In selecting food makers, the company evaluates vendors on a range of criteria, including transparency in sourcing, connection to community, and environmental stewardship. By incorporating qualified producers into their markets, Down to Earth expands upon the traditional farmers market. More local food entrepreneurs find a venue to sell their products directly to shoppers. In turn, shoppers benefit by discovering a greater offering of local foods at the markets. Best yet, regional agriculture thrives, as more businesses source from area farms.

We became a B Corp because we believe that the most enduring way to secure sustainable food for all is through sustainable business. We’re delighted to join the community that fosters right-sized, thoughtful business as a force for change for the better in our society. 

The Change We Seek®

Down to Earth Markets envisions a strong regional food system, built by independent farms and food businesses, that provides everyone with an alternative to industrial food. We believe that seasonal, local food is a vital part of our heritage that ensures the health of our communities and environment.

Since the beginning, Down to Earth Markets has been connecting shoppers with regional farms and food producers through our farmers markets and other venues. In doing so, we honor a timeless form of commerce: local, community-scale businesses selling neighbor to neighbor.

Our mission is to:

  • Create economic opportunities for local farmers, processors, and consumers to trade with one another for mutual benefit;
  • Celebrate our food culture together to enhance community life; and
  • Cultivate knowledge, awareness, and practices among consumers and producers to care for the environment and build the local food economy.
What makes us a better company?

B Impact Report

Certified since: 

December 2013
Summary:

Company Score

Median Score*

Environment

Environment

The Environment section of the Assessment evaluates a company's environmental performance through its facilities; materials, resource, and energy use; and emissions. Where applicable, it also considers a company's transportation/distribution channels and environmental impact of its supply chain. This section also measures whether a company's products or services are designed to solve an environmental issue, including products that aid in the provision of renewable energy, conserve resources, reduce waste, promote land/wildlife conservation, prevent toxic/hazardous substance or pollution, or educate, measure, or consult to solve environmental problems.

5
7
Workers

Workers

The Worker section of the survey assesses the company's relationship with its workforce. This section measures how the company treats its workers through compensation, benefits, training, and ownership opportunities provided to workers. It also focuses on the overall work environment within the company through management/worker communication, job flexibility and corporate culture, and worker health and safety practices.

21
18
Customers

Customers

The Customers section of the Assessment measures the impact a company has on its customers. The section focuses on whether a company sells products or services that promote public benefit, and if those products/services are targeted towards serving underserved populations. Questions in this section will measure whether a company's product or service is designed to solve a social or environmental issue (e.g. improves health, preserves environment or creates economic opportunity to individuals or communities, promotes the arts/sciences, or increases the flow of capital to purpose-driven enterprises).

44
N/A
Community

Community

The Community section of the survey assesses a company's impact on its community. The Community section evaluates a company's supplier relations, diversity, and involvement in the local community. The section also measures the company's practices and policies around community service and charitable giving. In addition, this section includes if a company's product or service is designed to solve a social issue, including access to basic services, health, education, economic opportunity, arts, and increasing the flow of capital to purpose-driven enterprises.

29
17
Governance

Governance

The Governance section of the Assessment evaluates a company's accountability and transparency. The section focuses on the company's mission, stakeholder engagement, and overall transparency of the company's practices and policies.

11
6
Overall B Score
111
55

80 out of 200 is eligible for certification

*Of all businesses that have completed the B Impact Assessment

*Median scores will not add up to overall

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Company Highlights: 

Workers: Covers >80% of health insurance premiums for employees; 100% of workers paid a living wage

Community: Gives preference to local, sustainable and fair trade suppliers; 50% of company is owned by individuals of underrepresented populations 

Evironment: >75% of printed materials use recycled paper content, FSC certified paper, or soy based inks; Has an office wide recycling program for paper, cardboard, plastic, glass and metal

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