How is this different from a regular grocery store?
At first glance, shopping at the co-op may not seem all that different from shopping at a regular grocery store, but there are several important differences.
Locally Produced Food: The co-op is dedicated to offering locally produced foods whenever possible. We work with over a dozen local producers to stock locally grown/created produce, cheeses, meat, flour, breads, honey, body care products, pottery, sweets and more.
How do I become an owner at Common Ground?
It’s easy to join! Next time you’re in the store, tell your cashier you want to become an owner. Then fill out the short information form and make your equity investment–that’s it! Becoming an owner doesn’t really cost anything; you simply make a $60 investment, which is fully refundable for any reason. There are no annual fees.
How can I suggest a new product to carry?
We are always happy to hear product suggestions! You can share your suggestions with the co-op’s buyers by filling out a comment card in the store or by e-mailing us. We also now have a product recommendation binder you can jot down items you would like to see in the store; it is located in the hallway next to the classroom past the registers.
Does the co-op have membership meetings?
Annual owner meetings are held in the fall. These meetings will be announced at least a month in advance on in-store announcement boards, in the newsletter, and in the Owner Deals, and in our monthly e-mail newsletter.
All owners are strongly encouraged to attend, as membership meetings are the most important and direct way you can be involved in the democratic process of your co-op.
Does the co-op accept food stamps and credit cards?
Yes, we accept food stamps (LINK), Master Card, Visa, and Discover. We do not have a minimum purchase for using credit cards but the Co-op does pay thousands of dollars a year in fees to processing companies due to credit card use. If you’d like to help offset this cost you can:
- pay by cash (no fees and all your money stays with the co-op)
- write a check (much lower fees for the co-op)
- pay by debit card (again, lower fees for the co-op)