Food Co Op ?'s : LUSENET : Freedom! self reliance : One Thread

Has anyone hear ever become a distributor for a food co op? I am looking into one and was wondering what other people's experiences have been. Thanks!

-- Doreen (, July 10, 2001


I am a member of a co-op that buys from Ozark and am one of the people who run a produce co-op. I love our produce co-op, we get fresh organic produce from a place in Florida at good prices. The Ozark co-op I usually buy very little from as I have found that I can buy similar or the same products from health food stores or some of our grocery stores at lower prices. If you are a very organized person you won't have much trouble. Also, if you have like-minded friends that are willing to help it's great. Ask around and make sure there really is a market first. In my experience lots of people say they love the idea and will order but less than half really follow through!

-- Deena in GA (, July 11, 2001.

I thought it would be kinda like when you were a kid and all these people said they would buy cards or whatever from you, so you spent all the pennies you had saved up to go and be an entrepeneur and then BLAMMO got stuck with enough Christmas cards to last you 10 years or more. What's the info on the Florida co op???? We have the most dismal groceries here, and the little produce stand was closed down a few years ago. I'm just tossing stuff around. It's hard to find bread that isn't white in this town. Thanks, Deena!

-- Doreen (, July 11, 2001.

Hi we have a bulk food co-op in Canada.Its been a positive experience so far.Our grocery (organic co-ops are to pricey though)We have 12 large families,who can recieve orders from others as well.We started it in 99,we order every 6 weeks.

-- teri (, July 14, 2001.


What is the general area in which you live?

Maybe I should set up my bakery!

-- rick K (, July 15, 2001.

Maybe you should, Rick! I live east of Austin Tx. This town is really tremendously unhealthy in the food department. The produce manager, at the local grocery when I asked him if they EVER considered getting any organic anything, replied that they were lucky to get the horrible stuff they did.

What would be super duper cool would be to get a farmer's market. The nearest one is 45 miles from here now. Big heavy sigh.

-- Doreen (, July 15, 2001.

Ask the good folks of wheatsville - I am sure Doreen was complaing about organic food, because she has not driven to: Wheatsville Grocery 3101 Guadalupe Austin TX 78705 512-478-2667 Open Daily 9 am to 11 pm

That's the place to go...

-- gabe (, July 15, 2001.

Maybe it's cause Doreen gets up at 6am does 2 hours of chores then pastuerizes her goats milk plays on the internet...goes to work gets home at 6 or 7 pm then does two hours of chores then OH MY!!! a hour and twenty minute drive to pick up groceries... :big smile!: I love my life, but it doesn't leave a lot of time to drive to Austin all the time. There are several good organic and mostly organic markets in Austin. I go whenever I have the chance. Thanks for the info, perhaps I can arrange a group pick up from them. That would make it worthwhile for certain!

-- Doreen (, July 16, 2001.

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