How are food coops faring in your town?

The Potsdam Food Co-op was established in 1973. Open to everyone, its members include hundreds of area individuals and families. Photo: Todd Moe

The Potsdam Food Co-op was established in 1973. Open to everyone, its members include hundreds of area individuals and families. Photo: Todd Moe

Food coops (and bulk buying clubs before them) were really the pioneers of whole food and local food and healthy food eating in most places.

Now we have the mega-chain Whole Foods, and most supermarkets carry organic fruits and vegetables and various "health food" products. Some food coops, like City Market in Burlington, have grown hugely popular. And Wholeshare is reviving the bulk buying club in a 21st century digital form (more on this in a future post).

This morning, NCPR's Todd Moe took the temperature of a local food coop that celebrating its 40th birthday – the Potsdam Food Coop. It's an interesting conversation and worth listening to.

And it begs the question – do you shop at a food coop? Are you a member? How is the one in your town doing? Do you want it to grow bigger, or do you prefer small and funky?

 

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