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.