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New Melle Food Co-op Opened April 28

The New Melle Food Co-op soft opened on April 28 and is located at 3554 Mill St. on the lower level. The Co-op is stocked with local meat, local dairy, local produce, local grains, local delicacies, local lifestyle products, prepared foods and a host of other items; the one-stop location is growing fast.
The Mission of the New Melle Food Co-op is to create prosperity and connection within the community. The Co-op features a bulk section offering grains, flours, herbs, coffees and other items. The refrigerated section holds fresh produce, milk, cheeses, meats, fermented products and other refrigerated goods. The Co-op offers a large bread selection, a grocery section, chips, kids' snacks, condiments, oils and a well-rounded lifestyle section with everything from soaps to recycled paper towels.

The Directors of the Co-op shared, “There is no other place like this one. We are creating a resilient community that is connected and works together to celebrate the joy of life. The Food Co-op is a place where you can be a part of what you see on the shelves and trust that the food you feed your family is fresh, clean, living, and nutrient dense. We go the extra mile to work with small family farms and bring life-giving food to you at an affordable price.”

To make a purchase at the Co-op, you must be a member, but it is free to sign-up and can be done in-store or online. You also have the option to join as an owner, which entitles you to a number of benefits. We offer in-store purchases or online orders for store pickup.

The Co-op is open Friday, Saturday, and Sunday to start, but they will increase their hours soon and will eventually be open 5 or 6 days a week. The Co-op plans to expand in the upcoming months and will soon offer a healthy hot food bar and take-out meals.

If you would like to get involved in your community food system, now is your chance. Volunteers run a majority of the Co-op's operations, and you can get started volunteering today with no commitment. To sign up to volunteer, become a member or owner of the Co-op, buy food, browse classes and events, and more, visit newmellefood.coop.