“The household that prepares its own meals in its own kitchen with some intelligent regard for nutritional value, and thus depends on the grocer only for selected raw materials, exercises an influence on the food industry that reaches from the store all the way back to the seedsman.” -Wendell Berry, The Unsettling of America
At Medford Food Co-op, our mission is centered around high quality organic food. We strive to carry an organic option in every category. If an item is not available in an organic form, we may carry a non-organic version for the convenience of our shoppers.
Our other major focus is on local. We seek out and offer many locally grown, produced, and distributed foods. Rogue Valley foods like SunStone bread, Heidi's bakery items, DeCasa salsa, Ton Ton’s hummus, or locally grown, produced, and distributed teas from Ohsala Farms. Regional items like Sweet Creek salsa and enchilada sauce from Eugene, Northbound Coffee from Mt Shasta, and Humm kombucha from Bend. We are your local grocery: locally owned, carrying local products, and dedicated to organics.
In addition, we look for companies that are concerned about more than their bottom line. Companies that are concerned about working conditions and equitable pay like Fair Trade or Fair for Life items, and B-Corps - companies who have shown business practices beyond the bottom line. Finally, we strive to support other co-ops. We are members of the National Cooperative Grocers Association (NCGA) and Frontier Natural Foods Co-op. We sell products from worker-owned co-ops like Equal Exchange and Once Again Nut Butters. Supporting other co-ops furthers all of our missions and fills your pantry with the quality foods you are looking for.
We all have important food decisions to make every week. Through these decisions we shape our dinner table, our families, our store, and the agriculture that brings us this incredible bounty.