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Old 01-20-2013, 07:02 PM   #11
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We joined a local food co-op. They have a variety of things, like a smaller version of a grocery store. They sold HBA, produce, a little meat, dairy, frozen, spices. It was $2/month for your coop fee and then everything was marked with the coop's cost and you paid a mark-up based on your 'work'. DH was doing work for the coop and we got a 12% markup versus the standard 30% markup.

It wasn't great for us. We have our own personal Frontier (wholesale.frontiercoop.com) membership, so we didn't want to pay the markup on any of those items. We did put in a set order for local butter and milk that we picked up every week. Before we joined the coop we paid $5/gallon at Whole Foods. The coop's price was $4 + your mark up, so we saved a few cents there, but it was more convenient for us than WF. I actually found that a lot of the items I could get for the same price at WF by buying the WF 365 version rather than the brand name. All in all we decided not to rejoin for this year. If we lived in an area without good Organic/natural/local options we would have stuck with it though.

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I am having trouble finding anything in my area... localharvest and bountiful blessings don't seem to have any co-ops in my area. I live in the metro st. louis area (on the Illinois side) so I am surprised there isn't anything!
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I am having trouble finding anything in my area... localharvest and bountiful blessings don't seem to have any co-ops in my area. I live in the metro st. louis area (on the Illinois side) so I am surprised there isn't anything!
Quick google search of "CSA in St Louis" came up with these two pages
http://www.localharvest.org/fair-sha...ned-csa-M19638
http://www.ecovian.com/s/saintlouis/csa
The second one looks like a list of a bunch of places in the SL area. HTH!
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And the first result in searching "food co-op in St Louis" is this page http://www.communityhelpingscoop.com/

Actually, it looks like theres a lot in St. Louis. Here are three more (and there are even more on the result page).
http://oldnorthgrocery.com/
http://www.cityfoodcoopstl.com/
http://www.localharvest.org/city-food-co-op-M7492
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