Post # 1
Apparently st louis has a new co-op in town. The website says it’s “member owned and operated” and there are membership fees.
So do i have to buy into a co-op in order to go shopping and buy food and stuff there? I guess I am under the impression it’s like a farmer’s market and you pay to sell your goods (like, you rent a stand?) or what?
I’m confused. I like healthy stuff but I’m not going to pay $200 just to shop here, haha.
Someone fill me in!
Post # 3
I’d call them. Usually for $200 you get a weekly share of the food for the summer. But the way it’s worded on the website it sounds more like a stock in their co-op for financial gain.
Post # 4
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There was a co-op in my college town and you didn’t pay to shop there, but if you paid membership dues you got a discount and some other benefits I’m not clear on.
Post # 5
There is a co-op where I live. I am not a member, but I can still shop there. I just don’t get a discount on my purchases. Basically, the way Honest Weight (the name of the co-op) works is that people can buy a share or do a work-share (where they actually work so many hours per week) and get a discount on their groceries. I don’t know if that is how they all work, but you should call and check it out!
Post # 6
Oh okay, cool! Thanks ladies! I sent them an email and hopefully I hear back. I’d love to shop here, but I won’t purchase enough stuff to justify the fee necessarily. It’s close, but it’s not next door close.
Post # 7
Meh, here’s what they told me:
This is a brand new venture and it requires early member participation before we can secure a location. We have a site in mind and are working diligently with RealEstate Brokers and a leeds certified developer but don’t have the full funding to begin, yet…. The shares are basically a loan to the coop so that we can have working capital to get things started. The coop itself is a member owned market where you can shop everyday for locally grown farm goods, meat, eggs, honey, dry good, homesteading goods etc. We are esentially our own buying group so we can get things at a better price and miniminze markup for substantial savings on incredible farm fresh products. The website need some informational tweaking but I apprciate your interest and hope you will become a part of this new community family. I would be happy to add you to our email list to keep you updated on the projecs progess and meeting times etc.
I don’t like it. And she didn’t directly answer my question. I hate that.
Post # 8
I think it could be a good idea but that does seem concerning to see poor info from the start. You have to be really organized to make those things work and I’d be skeptical of going in and investing unless there was a clear plan and I was familiar with the people.
Post # 9
I’d say get on the e-mail list and see what it looks like when it’s established, but don’t pay into it yet because it seems like things are up in the air still.