The most important benefit of becoming a Co-op Owner is knowing that you are investing your money in your community, and the warm feeling inside knowing that you support our mission by contributing your dollars and your participation.
Luckily for you, there is a whole lot of other benefits which make joining the Co-op a no-brainer.
Owners become part owners of The Co-op through making an “equity investment” rather than paying a “membership fee”. This makes Co-op Owners eligible to receive Patronage Refunds. In profitable years these refunds are paid out in proportion to how much an owner has spent in the store.
The Co-op routinely offers Member-Only Sales on a variety of items. Everyday, Co-op Owners enjoy a 5% discount in the bulk department. We have monthly specials in the Beer & Wine Department between 10-30%, and the Produce department has weekly rotating sales of 10+ items with savings ranging from 25-50%. We also have quarterly Owner Appreciation Days in March, June, September and December, where all regularly priced items are available to owners at 15% off.
Special Orders and Case Discounts
Owners can make special orders or buy cases of many products at a discount. For more information about Special Orders, please visit our Special Orders page.
Owners Have a Voice
We welcome your good ideas and suggestions for building a stronger co-op. We have a suggestion box located in the store, or you can make suggestions and give feedback here. Owners are also eligible to vote on Co-op affairs and elections.
Owner May Run for Office
As a Co-op Owner, you are eligible to run for a position on the Board of Directors.
Owners May Serve on Co-op Committees
Committees perform a variety of tasks and play an important role in making The Co-op what we want it to be: a Co-op run by the community for the community.
Free and Discounted Workshops
The Co-op hosts workshops and seminars that focus on cooking skills, gardening, farming, health and nutrition, value added products, and much more. Workshops are held at The Co-op as well as other locations including local farms.
The Co-op hosts community events and other opportunities for you to meet your fellow Co-op Owners and spend time getting to know people in the community. Events and programs are announced on The Co-op bulletin board, website, and by email newsletter.
A Stronger Local Economy
The Co-op expands the market for local food and improves the local economy by keeping more food dollars in the community. When you shop at The Co-op the money you spend is re-invested in the co-op, going back to members, paying workers a living wage, buying from local farmers, and strengthening the economic underpinnings of our community.