After years of very indecisive discussions about the ‘commitment’ of joining a food cooperative, my husband and I decided this week to take the leap and joined the Park Slope Food Coop in Brooklyn.
Established in 1973, the Coop now has over 15,000 members in cooperation that own and run the food store in an attempt to offer affordable, healthy, fresh food to all its participating neighbors. Coop members serve on committees to contribute labor to the organization and we’ll be helping out the Receiving/Stocking group.
A main reason we decided to join was because of the concentration on locally grown and mainly organic foodstuffs the coop purchases year-round. During the orientation we were told that nothing boxed stays on the shelf longer than 7 days and produce much less than that. Here’s how they do it:
At the Coop, we define local as within 500 miles, because 500 miles is approximately a one-day-truck-drive away. Arugula picked at dawn on a Monday can be packed, trucked and on our shelves by 8:00 a.m. the next day.
And the prices! We are definitely saving an average of 30-50% on all purchases and I can’t say I’m anxious to see another Whole Foods anytime soon.
We’re looking forward to being a part of a new community and with 15,000 folks coming in and out of a small store front on Union Street, I’m sure I’ll be able to provide numerous Coop Stories in the future.
Posted by: Autumn.