To become a member, you must make a one-time purchase of $25.00 for your Member Stock and an annual fee of $36.00. So, total cost on joining would be $61.00. See our Membership page for more details.
At this time, it just isn't financially feasible. If our business grows and we can dramatically increase our member/customer base, a deli is something we could look into adding.
If it says "organic" on the package or has the organic seal, you can be sure it's organic. It is against the law to either use the organic seal or label your product as organic if you are not certified. Note: Some of our local products are grown organically but are not certified. They will not be labeled as organic, but have the same benefits as certified organic food.
Organic methods are just more environmentally friendly all around. Organic farming eliminates many of the harmful chemicals that don't just pollute the food that we eat, but can leak into our water supply and contaminate the air that we breathe. There have also been no genetic modifications to any products that are listed as Certified Organic.
Buying from local businesses helps support your community's economy. An established, locally owned business is likely to produce income, jobs, and tax receipts over several generations. This helps create a more stable and prosperous community. Buying locally produced food also dramatically cuts down on how far it has traveled to get to you. Not only is a reduction in shipping miles better for the environment, but it saves you money as you don't have to pay for all those extra travel costs!
While we here at the Co-op don't claim to be experts in this area, we have picked up a thing or two over the years. We tend to not buy into any of the "fad" diets, but recommend a common sense approach. Try to stick to foods that you have to prepare on your own (our bulk and produce sections) and limit the pre-packaged goods. Make sure you are eating lots of fruits and vegetables, and just remember, everything in moderation.
They are nutritionally the same. Which one you choose is just a matter of personal preference.