- Unprocessed foods such as fresh produce, whole grains, nuts, and beans.
- Products that are minimally refined or processed.
- Foods lower in sweeteners, salt, and common allergens in comparison to other products of the same category or classification.
- Foods that meet the needs of special diets such as wheat-free, sugar-free, dairy-free, salt-free, gluten-free, vegan, and medically prescribed.
- Animal products that are raised or produced in a humane manner, using sustainable methods; for example, through free range rearing and by organic standards ¹.
- Unpackaged bulk products, especially alternatives to packaged foods, as well as products in reusable, recyclable, recycled, and/or reduced packaging.
- Quality natural supplements that meet our customer’s varied needs.
- A diverse selection of botanically-based body care products
- Ethically wild crafted herbs and medicinal plants.
- Locally produced products and products for home food processing.
- Foods containing artificial preservatives ², hydrogenated oils, transfats,
- Any products containing artificial flavorings or colorings.
- Any animal food products, including milk or milk by-products from cows, goats, or sheep treated with recombinant Bovine Growth Hormone (rBGH) or any other growth hormone.
- Products from manufacturers or corporations who engage in unnatural processes such as forced molting for egg production.
- Body Care product whose ingredients have been used in laboratory animal testing.
Our purpose is to provide our community with seasonal, local, organic food that is wholesome, delicious and prepared in our kitchen. We aim to serve the wide variety of dietary preferences of our customers and our menu changes with the season. We purchase certified organic ingredients whenever possible. We always use certified organic produce, grains, beans, and eggs.
We purchase only the highest quality certified organically grown produce and emphasize direct buying relationships with local small family farms. We are proud that our produce department sells exclusively certified organic produce and serves as a link that allows shoppers to support local small family farmers. This supports sustainable agriculture, preserves rural life, protects natural resources and provides our customers with simply delicious food.
We support small farmers and ranchers who are dedicated to animal husbandry practices that prioritize the health of the animals and a respect for the environment. The meats we sell are sustainably raised and free of added growth hormones and antibiotics.
All poultry has been raised on a vegetarian diet in cage-free environments and is free of antibiotics, added hormones, nitrites, and artificial preservatives.
We purchase our fresh seafood from fisheries that are working in an environmentally responsible manner to maintain healthy species populations and habitats. All of the fresh seafood we sell meets the standards for sustainability set by the Sustainable Fishery Advocates’ FishWise program.
- Meat products in pet foods may not meet these standards. At this time, the Co-op can not commit to the standards for meat products in pet food products due to lack of available sources and ingredients. The Co-op staff will look for every opportunity to find the best available sources for meat products in pet foods.
- Organic infant formula containing synthetic vitamin E used as a preservative may be sold. Technology does not currently offer any other ingredient that can be used to preserve organic infant formula. Although infant formula contains natural vitamin E, Dl alpha tocopherol acetate is necessary to maintain shelf life and protect naturally occurring nucleotides that offer optimum nutritional support to infants, therefore there is no organic infant formula available without synthetic vitamin E. Dl alpha tocopherol acetate is not considered to be toxic.