Community Interest

A Local Grocery Store is Opening in New Melle

The New Melle Food Co-op is a new local grocery store coming to New Melle. The Co-op will offer food staples and local luxuries. The goal is to sell fresh produce, bulk goods, meat, dairy products, grab-n-go prepared foods, and other everyday grocery items. All items will be sourced as locally as possible. The Co-op is removing the middlemen, which allows the Co-op to offer healthy and fresh food that is affordable and accessible. Shopping at the Co-op is as simple as becoming a member for FREE in-store or online.
Friedens Peace UCC and the New Melle Food Co-op have partnered and will share space at 3560 Mill St., New Melle, MO. The fully finished physical store will open in early 2023.

The grocery store will be a cooperative run by the members to develop a community food system. To make this possible, it will take the community’s support, and any contribution will make a difference, even $1. Donations will purchase equipment and help renovate the location to set up the storefront, and any amount will be impactful.

Every dollar counts toward making New Melle a strong and independent town that can supply its own food. We offer gifts and rewards for every donation, including a Farm-to-Table-Wine Dinner at the beautiful Sunflower Hill Farm. To make a contribution, visit Learn more about the co-op at, To View YouTube videos, visit

The Boone Country Connection will have a feature story on the New Melle Co-op next month, so check out the November issue for details and updates.