Cream of the Co-Ops

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.

 

flFair 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 Sustenancew
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.

 

bPick Bushwick
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.


Greenest Grocerg
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.

MAYke a Run for it

It’s officially time to get out of hibernation, get up and get moving! Brooklyn has a bunch of great races all year round, but we’ve rounded up some of the best ones taking place next month. Ready… set… GO!

 

cambaThe Healthy Way or the Highway
If you need more incentive to hit the ground running, CAMBA’s Healthy Way 5k & 10k is for a great cause. This annual run/walk in Prospect Park is to raise funds to support the non-profit agency’s life-changing services for 45,000 New Yorkers in need. Participants can choose from a 5km run/walk or 10k run and receive a t-shirt and race day snacks!
Sunday, May 1. $30

 

dimeIn the St. Nick of Dime
Feel like taking a super speedy tour around some of the hippest Brooklyn streets? The Dime McCarren 5k race in Greenpoint and Williamsburg is a cool race that gets more and more popular each year! Awards will go to the first 3 male and female runners to the finish line and the top 3 finishers in each ten-year age group. Proceeds go to St. Nicks Alliance, a North Brooklyn nonprofit that seeks to transform lives through employment, education, housing and health care.
Saturday, May 7. $40

 

PTA-runRunning and Kidding Around
We all want the best education for our kids, and guess what? There’s a race for that! For the 9th year running the PTA 5km walk/stroll/run in Prospect Park will see hundreds of parents, teachers and students come together and raise funds to provide additional support for schools in need. Last year over 60 Brooklyn public schools participated and raised over $20,000. It’s a fantastic day for relationship building and for the community to work together on critical issues facing our public schools.
Saturday, May 7. $20.

 

sciA Race to Remember
Set on the rolling hills of Prospect Park, the third annual Spinal Cord Injury (SCI) Awareness 5K will raise your heart rate but most importantly, funds! The run is a community effort by five of NYC’s leading SCI nonprofits who aim to maximize independence and the quality of life for people with SCI injuries, and their families. Traumatic spinal cord injuries occur approximately 30 times a day across the US and this is a great initiative to bring awareness to spinal cord injury and paralysis. Bagels, fresh fruit and spreads will be on hand for post-race refueling.
Sunday, May 22. $25