Food co-op to open Thursday
Last Updated: 17:02 September 3, 2013
The Boulder-based food co-op has 120 members and plans to add new members every month, said Sarah Brody, who co-founded the business with Beth Burzynski. Nonmembers also can shop at The Second Kitchen, which will feature more than 200 local and organic products, including local baked goods, coffee, sandwiches, bulk goods and produce.
Initial funding for the co-op comes from members, a $40,000 online Kickstarter fundraising campaign spent on updates to the store space and an angel investor who is paying the rent for the space for nine months, Brody said. The member-owned cooperative can offer lower prices, in part, because members staff the store on a volunteer basis, she said.
“Our mission is to provide affordable local, organic food to anyone,” Brody said. “We weren’t planning on getting to this point, but all the stars aligned.”
Members receive member pricing, can preorder produce and dairy products and are invited to various events, among other benefits, Brody said. The co-op also is planning to do bike deliveries of its products in the near future.
A student membership costs $100, which includes the $75 equity member owner piece and a $25 annual renewal fee, Brody said. Students must volunteer at the co-op two and a half hours per month as part of the membership. A household membership costs $135, which includes $100 in equity, $35 per year to renew and a monthly volunteer stint, Brody said. A nonworking membership is $350, and includes $100 in equity and $250 as a work payment in lieu of the volunteer staffing requirement.
In the competitive retail grocery community of Boulder County, Brody said the co-op was formed from a successful food buying club, which she and her co-founder have been running out of a basement. The co-op works with numerous farms in the region, including Oxford Gardens in Boulder, Isabelle Farm in Lafayette, High Altitude Organics Inc. in LaSalle, Morning Fresh Dairy Farm LLC in Bellvue and Windsor Dairy in Windsor.
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