1707 Main street, Vancouver, WA 98660
Owner: Lynn Krongseng
Founded in: 2010
Organic Sales: Overall stores sales are 80%-90% organic. Produce sales are 85-90% certified organic or meeting organic production and input standards.
Annual Sales: Less than $2.5 million a year.
Lynn provides leeway to the large number of local vendors she purchases from whose products may contain GMOs, or who are transitioning to GMO-free ingredients. She questions manufacturers and distributors and encourages them to buy local as well. All the meats, eggs and raw milk come from farms that raise and finish their animals on pasture and are no further away than 250 miles.
Product Removal Process
The store carries very few GMO products. Lynn stopped carrying Back to Nature, Knudsen’s and other brands who's parent companies funded opposition to Prop 37, California’s GMO labeling initiative.
Neighbors Market has just begun the process of labeling products that could potentially contain GMOs. In the meantime, employees talk to consumers about products that are likely to contain GMOs, and try to educate consumers at every opportunity. Lynn regularly posts on Facebook about GMOs and how to avoid them. The store is beginning the process of labeling products that could potentially contain GMOs.