Do you want to know where your fruits and vegetables come from and how they’re grown? Be involved in a dynamic organization? Make new friends? Save some green on your greens? Then it’s time to check out food cooperatives, aka food distribution outlets operated by consumers. In Brooklyn, there are a number of co-ops that provide healthy food, promote economic and cultural diversity, and strengthen community bonds.
Fair Flatbush Fare
If only food was always this fresh, fair and fun! The Flatbush Food Co-op is committed to selling wholesome, organic goods, produced in fair and ethical working environments, with a focus on local foods, vegan and gluten-free products. Anyone can shop here, or join, with member-ownership $200 and no work requirement. Member-owners are involved in democratic participation and have access to monthly specials, discounted events, classes and more. The work environment strives to involve and empower employees and create a positive, respectful shopping environment, staffed with helpful and knowledgeable community members.
1415 Cortelyou Road. Monday to Sunday, 6am-midnight.
Sweet Slope Sustenance
Members only! The Park Slope Food Coop may be a little more exclusive than others, but with over 16,500 members and 15,000+ carefully selected products, we think you’ll want to get involved! Membership is open to all, with a joining fee of $25, and members work once every four weeks in exchange for a 20-40% savings on groceries. The co-op was founded in 1973 by a group of committed neighbors who wanted to make healthy, affordable food available to everyone who wanted it. Working members receive good food at low prices, and have a say in the decision-making process and planning of the organization’s future.
782 Union Street. Monday to Friday, 8am-10pm. Saturday, 6am-10pm. Sunday, 6am-7:30pm.
New kids on the block, the Bushwick Food Coop has been serving the community locally sourced and organic foods since 2012. Everyone in the community is welcome to shop at the member-owned coop grocery store, but members get the best deal – a 24% mark-up on wholesale pricing, versus 75% for non-members. Members pay a $50 membership fee and contribute four monthly hours. The co-op is democratically operated, and socially and environmentally responsible, striving to work with farms and businesses that are local, sustainable, fair-trade, organic and ethical. Grocery shopping never felt so good!
2 Porter Ave (The Loom). Monday to Sunday, 10am–8pm.
You will struggle to find a group of more dedicated members! The Greene Hill Co-Op in Clinton Hill is 100% member-owned-and-operated, only one of three such food co-ops in the ENTIRE country. This work model claims to keep prices low and food quality high. The co-op provides affordable, locally grown, organic food to members throughout the Clinton Hill, Fort Greene, Bed-Stuy, Crown Heights and Prospect Heights neighborhoods. The 1,300 member-owners invest $175 and contribute at least two and a half hours of work every four weeks. Sign up tomorrow at the Co-op’s open house and save $25 when you register!
18 Putnam Avenue. Monday, Wednesday & Friday, 3pm-9pm. Saturday & Sunday, 10am-6pm.