The Community Food Co-op of Utah Delivers!

Coop Share

So Saturday was co-op pickup day and check out what I got.  I couldn’t be bothered to arrange it beautifully, so all you get is a photo in the box, but check out my friend Jen’s blog for a more aesthetically pleasing experience.  As you can see, we got lots of great food.  The produce was quite impressive.  We cooked the pork spareribs on Sunday and they were phenomenal (I’ll take some credit for that).

Picking up the order was great.  I showed up at Centro Hispano in Provo and they had some tables set up with boxes of each food item.  They gave me a box and a list of what I was to take, based on my order.

 Coop pickup

I HIGHLY recommend that you try the co-op.  You won’t be disappointed.  June promises to be even better because now, in addition to the other shares, you can buy a Farmer’s Market share!  Apparently the co-op has a contract with a local farm that grows vegetables to organic standards (I don’t believe it is certified though).  A little bird told me that the farm is East Farms, which runs a CSA, but does not have a pickup in Utah County.  What a great way to get fresh local food.  These shares are limited so don’t put off ordering.  In fact, I’d probably better place my own order before I publish this post.

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Community Food Co-op of Utah

All of my local readers need to know about this.  The Community Food Co-op of Utah is an organization that provides a monthly opportunity for people in Utah to purchase a share of groceries at a greatly recuded rate (made possible by bulk purchasing).  Although the primary focus is to make low-cost food available to those in need, they seem to do a pretty good job of getting food that is relatively local. 

The full share they are offering for the month of May at $21 includes 2 lbs. chicken thighs, (2) 6oz. top sirloin steaks, 2 lbs. pork spareribs (bone-in), 1 lb. lean ground beef (85/15), fresh fruit (3 varieties), fresh vegetables (5 varieties), Stone Ground’s whole wheat bread, and 16 oz. rice.  Not bad, eh?  They also offer half shares with fewer items and lower quantity and harvest shares that leave out the meat.

The great part is that not only can everyone join the co-op, but it actually benefits them and the community to have more people participate (regardless of income level).  This is because more co-op members means more leverage with bulk purchasing.  Also, the co-op requires that members give 2 hours of service to anyone outside of their families (including, but not limited to the co-op) for each month that they purchase from the co-op.  So, even if your grocery budget is doing fine you can serve the community and save some money while you are at it by joining the co-op.