Glen’s Garden Market exists to make climate change progress – one bite at a time – by serving Good Food from close by, and growing relationships with partners, who treat their land, their animals and their ingredients with respect.
At Glen’s Garden Market, we provide a selection of the very best foods our region has to offer, and we truly elevate the experience of shopping for groceries.
We seek out and develop relationships with small, local producers who are just starting out, as well as those at the top of their craft, who are creating Good Food close by. We grow their small businesses along with our own. To date, we’ve launched over 70 local food businesses, meaning we’ve given nearly six-dozen food entrepreneurs their very first chance to sell their products on our shelves. Of those, 40 are women-owned companies and 48 produce right here in the District!
Every decision we make for our business is made with the environment in mind. That includes, most impactfully, sourcing our products almost entirely from the states that surround ours. It also includes everything from the building and packaging materials we choose, to the equipment we use, to the fact that we purchase wind power credits to offset our energy consumption. It includes our no-waste mandate, our composting and recycling programs, and the fact that we actively encourage environmentally responsible eating and transportation.
Whether or not our Neighbors share our commitment to slowing climate change, we’ve created a space in which all food choices are good ones from an environmental perspective. And we’ve created a community in the process.
At Glen’s Garden Market, we are committed to authentically living our values. They inform every decision we make and every action we take.
As a small, independent, mission-driven grocery, we will never offer the same product selection folks might find at our larger competitors. Instead, we choose to compete by offering a better experience than people will have anywhere else. The way we do that is by living our values in every interaction we have with our Neighbors, our producers, our community, and each other. The result is a culture that makes working at, and interacting with, Glen’s Garden Market uniquely positive and magnetic.
Our values differentiate and define the experience Neighbors have in our stores. They guide and empower us to live our mission in everything we do here, and they are essential to articulating and distinguishing our approach to service.
These are our values:
The food on our shelves:
1. Is grown or created within the states of the Chesapeake Bay Watershed (DC, VA, MD, PA, DE, WV and NY) by partners who treat their land, their animals and their ingredients with respect.
We work hard to grow small businesses along with our own. Toward that end, we’ve launched dozens of local food businesses, giving those producers their very first chance to sell their products on our shelves. As a small business ourselves, we understand well the challenges of standing up a food business. Accordingly, we allow our small, local vendors a five-year, post-launch window to comply with the standards articulated below, and we work with and empower them to produce Good Food Close By.
When we source products that are important to rounding out our product mix, but which are not being grown or created within our Watershed, we specifically seek out items that meet our high standards of quality and environmental stewardship. We do not compete great, locally made products against non-indigenous national brands.
If products come from beyond the Watershed, but are domestically produced, we apply all of the standards articulated below. If they come from outside of the United States, they must meet all of our sustainability criteria, and we offset the transportation emissions incurred in their travels to our stores. Preference is granted to Fair Trade Certified products.
We have partnered with the Chesapeake Conservancy to invest in local projects to reduce the impacts of climate change and improve the vitality of the Chesapeake Bay. Those efforts are intended to offset the negative environmental impacts of bringing in a small set of mindfully sourced products from beyond our region.
2. Meets our high standards for taste and quality – as certified by our own Product Review Panel.
Our Product Review Panel is composed of longstanding members of our team, who we believe are best positioned to represent the needs and interests of our Neighbors. They consider taste, price point, packaging and narrative in their decision making process. Preference is granted to producers who respect seasonality and engage in efforts to promote resource conservation and mitigate the environmental impacts of production.
3. Was grown or produced using practices that minimize synthetic inputs including pesticides, herbicides, fungicides, artificial flavors, additives or preservatives.
4. Was produced by vendors who respect and invest in their workforce, and actively work to improve their communities.
5. Our meat is raised humanely, without the use of antibiotics or hormones. Livestock’s feed was vegetarian and animals had access to the outdoors. Preference is granted to farmers that work to conserve resources, protect biodiversity and promote animal welfare.
6. Our produce was grown using farming practices that conserve resources, protect biodiversity and actively promote ecological vitality.
7. Our fish and shellfish comes from well-managed, environmentally responsible fisheries and farms. Farmed finfish must be fed a vegetarian diet.
We reassess our partnerships with established producers annually to ensure they are continuously meeting our sourcing standards and operating in a way that is consistent with our values.