Frequently Asked Questions

How is a food co-op different from other grocery stores?

Unlike the larger food store chains, co-ops are 100% independently owned and operated and have a commitment to providing year-round access to healthy, locally-produced natural and organic foods. Co-ops are mission-driven rather than profit-driven.

Why should I join?

Membership is a way for you to support your local co-op. Members have access to additional discounts, can vote for the board of directors, and take pride in supporting community businesses. 

Need more incentive? Did you know you get community benefits for being a member-owner of the co-op? 

  • Special Member discounts on goods and services from local businesses

  • Local Business Discounts- listed on our member page here.

  • Coming Soon** Special Bulk Orders for Members

To read the full list of benefits for MoCo Member-Owners, visit our Member page!

How much does membership cost?

You can become a member by making a one-time investment of $200. Memberships are for a lifetime so there is no renewal costs. Payment plans are also available for those who are unable to pay the full amount in one lump sum. 

Do I have to be a member-owner to shop at the co-op?

No, all are welcome! Membership is completely voluntary and anyone is welcome to shop at the co-op, member or not! We welcome anyone that is interested in supporting our local economy and producers. All Events and Classes are open to the public unless it is specifically listed otherwise. You can participate in your local Mo-Co without becoming a member. 

How can I help to support Mo-Co's growth and success?

It’s simple to help . . . really!

(1) Shop in the store! [2] Become a member-owner. (3) Enthusiastically share on social about MoCo. (smash those social share buttons) (4) Volunteer to get involved. It is no secret volunteers are critical to the success of the co-op! (5) Attend our upcoming events!

How will MoCo be able to compete with other area grocery stores?

MoCo has different offerings from other area grocery stores--larger chain store's emphasis is on price, volume and variety. MoCo's inventory  emphasizes locally produced products with the intended support of local producers and stimulation of the local economy. MoCo also emphasizes naturally produced and organic products raised thoughtfully and carefully. Additionally, MoCo offers educational opportunities that  allow for shoppers to make more informed and more healthful choices.