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What is a Food Co-op

A food co-op is a simple way of buying fresh fruit and vegetables, in your community, whilst supporting a local business. Food co-ops are run weekly by volunteers from a community venue such as a school, community centre or workplace.

Produce sold through food co-ops comes directly from local suppliers such as farmers, retailers or wholesalers, who select fresh fruit and vegetables according to seasonality, availability and value.

Why not come along? Food co-ops are welcoming, fun and open to everyone. Simply turn up, order your bags, pay, then collect your fresh produce the following week.

How to order

Customers simply go along to their chosen food co-op at the allocated time/day and place their order one week in advance with the volunteer running the food co-op. Customers can order as many or as few bags as they want and must pay for their bags at the time of ordering. The customer then goes along the following week to collect their bags and may order for the following week at the same time if they want to. Bag prices can vary according to supplier, area and bag size, with an average fruit, vegetable or salad bag costing in the region of £2.50 - £4.00