REGIONAL CHAIN: Sunflower Farmers Markets

With its focus on limited assortment and lower prices, Sunflower Farmers Markets brings a different perspective to the natural retailing game. And with a $30 million infusion of capital earlier this year from a California investment firm, it's ready to blossom like its namesake. Over the next five years, Sunflower hopes to increase its number of stores from 14 to 50, putting down roots in cities like

With its focus on limited assortment and lower prices, Sunflower Farmers Markets brings a different perspective to the natural retailing game. And with a $30 million infusion of capital earlier this year from a California investment firm, it's ready to blossom like its namesake.

Over the next five years, Sunflower hopes to increase its number of stores from 14 to 50, putting down roots in cities like Salt Lake City and Austin, Texas — the birthplace of Whole Foods Market — along the w

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