The Monadnock Food Co-op opened our doors in 2013. We are cooperatively owned and operated by people in our community. All are welcome to shop but Member-Owners are also welcome to join us at our Annual Meetings and participate in monthly board meetings.

Entrance to the Monadnock Food Co-op.

Our Mission

The Monadnock Food Co-op opened our doors in 2013. We are cooperatively owned and operated by people in our community, and exists to meet our community’s need for:

  • An accessible, community-owned downtown food market
  • A marketplace that welcomes and connects community
  • A healthy, sustainable food system
  • The support of local farmers and producers
  • Appropriate education and training for the community
  • A strong, sustainable and improving local economy

Cooperatives, Monadnock Food Co-op included, are guided by seven internationally recognized principles that help us stay connected and accessible to our owners and our community. These principles are:

  1. Voluntary & Open Membership
  2. Democratic Member Control
  3. Member Economic Participation
  4. Autonomy & Independence
  5. Education, Training, & Information
  6. Cooperation Among Cooperatives
  7. Concern for Community

Co-op FAQs

Please review our FAQs below

No — Everyone is welcome to shop at the Monadnock Food Co-op.
One goal that many co-ops share, including ours here in Keene, is to make local, healthy, and nutritious food available to everyone, regardless of their income level.  As a result, many co-ops across the country are shifting from an age-based discount (senior discount) to an income-based discount. You may ask yourself, why not offer both an income level discount and senior discount?  Unfortunately, we can’t afford to offer both.  Grocery stores operate off of incredibly small profit margins — and during a good year, may only generate income equal to 1-3% of sales.  Offering a 10% discount erases any income on those sales, so we must be very thoughtful about how much and how many discounts we offer. Our Co-op offers a Healthy Food for All program which provides a 10% discount to those in financial need. As always, we welcome your feedback about this program and ideas for how our Co-op can continue to meet our community’s need for local, healthy, and affordable food options.
Membership in the Monadnock Food Co-op is a one-time investment (not an annual fee!) of $200. When you become a member of the Monadnock Food Co-op, you also become an owner of the store. With one membership, your whole family (up to 3 household members) will receive Membership Cards and benefits. Join Now!

Our History

Early organizers of the Monadnock Food Co-op recognized a significant community need; a place to shop seven days a week where consumers could purchase healthy and locally produced foods. Prior to our co-op’s existence, consumers would need to visit multiple farms, farm stands, and farmers markets to get access to all of the products now available at our co-op.

2006-2008: After working since 2008 as a volunteer committee of the Monadnock Farm and Community Connection Program, the Monadnock Food Co-op incorporated in April 2010. In May 2010, the Monadnock Food Co-op launched its membership drive.

2008-2009: The Board identified an excellent site in Railroad Square in the middle of downtown Keene, complete with adjacent public space, walkways, bikeways, and parking, and arranged for advantageous financing for facility construction.

2010: The Board contracted with National Cooperative Grocer Association (NCGA) Development Co-op to plan our co-op’s store design and layout, project fundraising, and guide management through the first 3 years of operations.

2010-2011: The Monadnock Economic Development Corporation (MEDC) constructed our building on the Railroad Land in downtown Keene. MEDC offered a lease-to-own scenario, so there will be the option to purchase the building in the future.

2012-2013: The Monadnock Food Co-op broke ground in July 2012 and opened April 3, 2013.

The Expansion

Our co-op’s sales have doubled since we opened in April 2013. This growth, while mostly positive, has led to space constraints. A larger store will help us improve our product selection of local, organic, and housemade offerings. A store expansion will also boost our purchasing power, lowering our cost of goods, enabling us to pass on these savings to you, and making healthy food more accessible for all.  Product selection and pricing are the two biggest barriers that shoppers identified in doing more of their shopping at our Co-op in our most recent shopper survey.

Expanding our co-op will help us better serve the needs of our customers, as well as further our mission.

With a larger store, we will be able to:

  • Source more locally-grown/raised foods from farmers.
  • Contribute further to the local economy by hiring another 30 staff members.
  • Expand our café space to better welcome and connect our community.