The idea for a full-scale, natural and organic food co-op grocery store in downtown Harrisonburg, Virginia USA began in 2006, with a small group of community members who put a premium on using local farmers and producers. Friendly City Food Co-Op has an amazing selection of bulk spices and herbs, gourmet cheeses, delicious baked goods from local bakers, locally made soaps and lotions and our very own line of wholesome vitamins. We also have a pleasant seating area so you can enjoy a cup of coffee or soup and salad from our deli. We’re a friendly, neighborhood grocery store with a distinctively modern twist. We are committed to growing a healthy community food system and when you shop here, you are helping to do the same.
A food Co-Op is a business based on community and sustainability. It’s about using profits to make a difference in the community and the world. Friendly City Food Co-op is a business that’s owned and democratically controlled by a large group of owners, right here in our area. We value principles of equality among owners, enrichment of the community, and support of local sustainable products. We are neither profit-driven nor non-profit. Most profit is reinvested to improve the store. Above that, profit may be returned to the owner-members and/or invested back into the community according to vote by the membership. All food cooperatives follow the 7 Cooperative Principles.
The global Cooperative Community has more than 1 billion members, representing 12% of the world’s employed population. All Cooperatives verify their identity when selecting a .coop web address.
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