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Getting Great Food: Food Co-ops

Co-ops are locally owned grocery stores—with a delicious difference. What sets them apart?

  • Co-ops work hand-in-hand with local farms and food producers to bring you and your family fresh, local food. You don’t have to wait until farmers’ market day to stock up on seasonal specialties—they’re at the co-op every day!
  • Co-ops help build healthy communities. By shopping at the co-op, you become part of a community that supports sustainable production methods, healthy and delicious foods, and the growth of your local economy. Talk about great taste!
  • At the co-op, you can stock up on food, household items, cleaning supplies, toiletries, flowers, and more—and pick up lunch while you’re at it. The difference? You know you can feel good about the products you buy there. There's an abundance of tasty, healthy food, but rest assured that you can still find delicious indulgences, too.
  • Love your co-op? Become a member! Cooperatives are open to everyone, and members become part-owners. Contact your local co-op to find out more about the wealth of member benefits.

Get to the root of common co-op myths and misconceptions, and find your local food co-op. Be sure to read about shopping at farmers’ markets and CSAs, too.

Want to know more about about co-ops, find more in our section Co-op Difference.