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.
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:
- Voluntary & Open Membership
- Democratic Member Control
- Member Economic Participation
- Autonomy & Independence
- Education, Training, & Information
- Cooperation Among Cooperatives
- Concern for Community
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.