At some point in life, it seems like almost everyone wants to make a fresh start. The Marquette Food Co-op located in Upper Michigan makes freshness easy; they offer shoppers one-stop access to fresh organic and wholesome foods.
According to LocalHarvest, much of the produce grown in the US is picked 4-7 days prior to being placed on the store shelf. During its journey, the harvest travels an average of 1,500 miles and that’s without the consideration of imported produce. It’s why shop local has become so popular across the country.
The Marquette Food Co-op helps owners, customers and local communities have access to garden-fresh products with higher nutritional values. The co-op can’t exist without members. Members are ‘owners’ and everyone is eligible to join.
Owners receive store discounts, get potluck invites, vote on co-op issues and attend educational workshops hosted by the Co-op – and everyone has access to fresh produce grown without synthetic chemicals, herbicides or pesticides. They can also purchase dry goods in bulk and other time-tested favorites including cheese, soups, breads, coffee beans, beer and wine. Shoppers are encouraged to bring their own reusable containers and shopping bags.
In 2009, the Co-op partnered with Northern Michigan University and other sponsors to help farmers and the greater community, learn more about sustainable practices and using ‘hoop houses’ to extend the growing season in a northern climate.
The Marquette Food Co-op shoppers also have access to a general merchandise area that features locally and globally crafted items – including organic seeds to start your spring garden and Sunset Hill Stoneware mugs to enjoy while watching your seedlings grow. It’s never too late to start fresh.
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