Medford Food Co-op was incorporated in 2006. An initial fundraising effort led to the selection of a leased location in mid-downtown Medford, but after improvements had been initiated, the plan was discontinued. A subsequent effort the following year was initiated to locate a new site and raise the necessary funding to purchase equipment and inventory sufficient to open the store.
After numerous presentations to Rogue Valley area groups and the development of a business plan, the new fundraising effort was commenced. Once again, the community rallied to support the creation of the Co-op. By August 2010, the goal of raising half a million dollars was surpassed through Co-op member-generated loans, sponsorships, and new share purchases. With the hiring of the Co-op’s first General Manager, Emile Amarotico, execution of a lease at 945 S. Riverside Ave. in Medford, and the commencement of a complete building renovation by Batzer Construction, the store opened its doors at 5:15 P.M. on August 8, 2011.