I JOINED THE BOISE CO-OP… AND SO SHOULD YOU.
I prefer to eat organic, It's made a positive difference in my life. Keep in mind that this is coming from the guy that can't stay away from baked goods to save his life ( but at least they're organic). Two years ago when I decided to start eating clean, I didn't change anything in my workout regimen yet the results changed dramatically simply by consuming less chemicals and eating more organic foods so I'M A FAN!
Having said that, Mateo and I we're wandering aimlessly like we always do and ended in the north end so I pulled into the Boise co-op because I was low on organic vitamins and I was sure they would have them. I was blown away at how nice the people were and on top of them being polite they were knowledgeable and actually seemed to enjoy their jobs. All of a sudden I got it. Why would I shop at Whole Foods or some national chain when I could shop local satisfy my need for eating clean and contributing to my community. I'm not exactly a hippie ( even though I do own a Volkswagen bus..lol) but this place spoke to me and I joined as a member. By the way it's a hell of a deal... $50 for a lifetime membership and you get 10% off of your bill once a month. Quick math tells me that I will get that fifty bucks back after 8 visits.... which in my opinion doesn't suck. If this sounds intriguing here's some info I found interesting on the https://boise.coop website
For a place that’s more than 45 years old, Boise Co-op is about as fresh and homegrown as it gets. The Co-op was founded in 1973 by health-conscious individuals searching for nutritious, great-tasting food at a reasonable price. Since then, we've grown into a community of more than 31,000 co-owners and have become a reliable resource for fresh, delicious foods.
A cooperative exists to serve its members, but what makes co-ops unique is that the members are also the owners. So, in addition to getting the products and services you need, you also have a say in the business decisions your cooperative makes.
Rather than rewarding outside investors with its profits, a co-op returns surplus revenue to its members in proportion to how much they use the co-op. This democratic approach to business results in a powerful economic force that benefits the co-op, its members and the communities it serves.