Sunday, February 18, 2007

Arts: Who Flew the Co-op?

Sam Lewis

By Julia Schweizer

For those seeking a more socially responsible grocer among NYC’s supermarket mega-chains like Gristedes and Associated, look no further than your local food cooperative. Traditionally member-owned and managed, co-ops offer healthy, locally grown products, often in bulk, and with prices cheaper than those of Trader Joe’s or Whole Foods.

Downtowners: Try the 4th Street Food Co-op, located at 58 E. 4th St. between Bowery and 2nd, open most days 11am-9pm. No membership is required, but members do get a sweet discount. Another plus is that this co-op is powered completely by wind energy.

Brooklynites: Check out the famed Park Slope Food Co-op at 782 Union St. between 6th and 7th Aves, open most days 8am-10pm. Though the required membership process is rigorous, the pay off is worth it—this co-op boasts some of New York’s best local and organic vegetables, fruits and meats.

Also in Brooklyn: The Flatbush Food Co-op is open daily 7am-10pm and is located at 1318 Cortelyou Rd. between Argyle and Rugby Rds. No membership is required.

Happy shopping!


Anonymous said...

Thanks for posting this - i just thought i'd add that the Park Slope Food Coop is also wind powered.

Anonymous said...

Also, the PSFC is open at 6am on weekends. Remember that you shouldn't show up your first time expecting to shop - come to take a tour, but you need to join and sign up for a workslot before you can shop.