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Co-op Inspiration

Alison and I recently went to Frederick, Maryland for a little co-op inspiration. As part of a Mid-Atlantic Food Co-op Alliance meeting, we joined other food co-ops, buying clubs, and start-up efforts from 6 states (DE, MD, NJ, NY, PA, VA) on a tour of The Common Market.  This Natural Food Co-op has a café, meat department and sustainable seafood counter, specialty cheeses, and a community room.  Not to mention a great bulk section (you know I'm a fan). The Common Market has been around since the 1970's, they have 3,200 member-owners, and this is their 4th location.  Overall it was great to hear how far they have come.  You can read more about their exciting history here. Bulk olive oil, soy sauce, vinegar and soap... It was so inspiring to see what the South Philly Food Co-op could be one day.  We have a lot of work to do, but anything is possible with your help!