History

Co-op History

How Co-ops Got Started

 

Middlebury Natural Foods Co-op’s Story

MNFC began in the early 1970s as a pre-order buying club. Its purpose was to provide members with wholesome, natural foods that were not available elsewhere. To maximize savings, members bought in bulk and packaged the food themselves. Over the last 40 years, the Co-op has expanded several times to include an extensive store-front operation that is open to members and the public seven days a week and includes a prepared foods section and deli with indoor and outdoor seating. As a cooperative we are owned by our members and our mission is to serve them in the communities in which they live, work, and shop, strengthening our communities through jobs, services, and community involvement.

To learn more about us, click the following link to an article about the Co-op written by our Floor Manager, Eric Neil.

Want to see what a day in the life of the Middlebury Co-op was like nearly 20 years ago? Check out this wonderful video captured in 1997 by Beverly Red:

 

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