Even before inflation was in the news and on many peoples’ minds, Seward Co-op strived to provide options for many of us who are budget-conscious. From adding more generic-label and lower-cost organic products, to owner perks, to the Nourish program, we have cost-effective options at Seward Co-op stores.
A consistent critique of the organic and sustainable food market is price. Seward Co-op is too small a store to correct market realities singlehandedly; and, we believe in making economic relationships in our co-op as equitable as possible. In 2014 we created “Nourish,” a program aimed at making nutritious foods and buying co-op ownership more accessible for everyone. In addition to the program identifying lower-cost items throughout our departments (look for the green “N” tags in-stores), we also teach classes and provide easy, cost-effective recipes. Finally, Nourish offers a 10% discount and needs based ownerships, which are available to those enrolled in Minnesota Food Assistance, WIC, MinnesotaCare and Minnesota Medical Assistance, or Social Security Disability. Learn more about the Nourish program here.
Field Day Products
You might have seen the Field Day brand in our stores. These products are designed to provide value-priced items that you can feel good about using. Field Day is also a brand you can trust to feed yourself, your friends, and your loved ones because of their partnerships with the USDA, the Non GMO Project, Fair Trade Association, and more. Although we’ve carried Field Day products for years, we are slowly but regularly adding more of their cost-effective selections to many departments—so be sure to look for them on our shelves.
Become an owner of Seward Co-op and reap the benefits! Owners receive a quarterly 10% discount that can be stacked on top of Wellness Wednesday deals and other sales. In profitable years, owners can receive a patronage refund, which is a share of the profits, proportionate to how much you shopped at the co-op. And check-out the free product coupons on the back of this issue of Sprout! There are also free and discounted classes for owners, a vote in our Board of Directors election, case discounts on special orders, and, of course, knowing your ownership helps grow our vibrant local food system.