Growing up, our family belonged to a food co-op. Not only was it fun seeing what came home in the boxes each week, but my mother had the satisfaction of knowing she was saving money and giving us the healthiest food possible. Food co-ops have grown in popularity over the years. Today, you and your family can enjoy the freshest, farm to table produce in the Puget Sound, and help your local farmers along the way.
Bountiful Baskets is a non-profit food co-op for families that want to have more fresh produce for less money. In order to participate, you set up a free account on the website. Baskets are 100% organic, and roughly half fruits and half vegetables, with organic breads and granola. Go online to place your order on Mondays, starting at at 12:00pm and before Tuesday’s ending at 8:00pm. Bountiful Baskets pools all the money, then spends it all where the grocery stores shop, buying as much local produce as possible. Volunteers show up an hour before pickup on Saturdays (just show up if you want to help) to divide up the produce. Then all the participants who placed their orders show up and take home their baskets of fresh produce, granola and bread. There are several Puget Sound locations for pick up. Find one close to you HERE.
Madison Market Central Co-op
1600 East Madison Street
Seattle, WA 98122
Central Co-op is Seattle’s only independent, member-owned natural foods cooperative, but you don’t have to be a member to shop in the market. You’ll find products that are ethically-traded and sustainably-produced, and support producers within Washington’s local food economy. There’s an array of products, with a great selection of organics and foods for special and restricted diets. Becoming an owner ($60 one-time membership fee) gives you additional benefits as part of the Co-op community, including discounts and market events.
PCC Natural Food Markets
6514 40th Avenue NE
Seattle, WA 98115
PCC Natural Markets is a certified organic co-op with nine stores in the Seattle and Puget Sound area, specializing in all-natural foods, organic produce and natural meats. Their PCC Cooks classes feature a wide range of delicious and healthy recipes, including vegetarian and vegan options. Anyone is welcome to shop at PCC, however PCC members each own an equal part of the co-op, and membership (investment) costs $60. The members’ investments are used to remodel the PCC stores, open new stores, support the community and bring products that members want to market. They don’t use venture capital or IPOs, which is the essence of a community-owned business.
Take Root Farm
24416 Buckley-Tapps Hwy E
Buckley, WA 98321
Take Root Farm is a Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) Farm. This is a direct relationship between the farmer who grows organic vegetables and members of the community who want to support that farmer in his or her agricultural efforts, and who wants to enjoy eating the freshest most nourishing produce available. Between the end of October and the beginning of June, Take Root Farm offers its Organic Produce Co-op. You’re welcome to join at any time during the season, but those who join as members from beginning to end get 32 weeks of farm fresh organic produce. Each week, members receive a box of certified organic vegetables and fruit. Members save over retail organic prices, while supporting their local organic farm. Boxes can be picked up at the farm each week. As a member, you are welcome to buy extra of certain items or exchange items you don’t want in their box for something different. Details are posted at the farm. Seasonal u-pick greens and herbs are always free when they’re available. And all proceeds go right into funding the summer CSA farm operation.
Tacoma Food Co-op
3002 6th Avenue
Tacoma, WA 98406
The Tacoma Food Co-op is owned by member-owners just like you – food and health lovers dedicated to natural, local, healthy, fresh, organic, allergen-free, vegan, vegetarian, humanely raised, non-gmo, sustainable, affordable food in a space that feeds the community. With a $100 membership, you can become a member-owner of the Tacoma Food Co-op. But you don’t have to be a member to shop at the store. Come shop, come be nourished, come enjoy the experience and the community.