Produce

Fresh Organic Produce is what we are about! 

99% of our produce is organic.  We purchase produce from various sources seven days a week to insure freshness and quality.  Our first consideration is Local.   We buy from most of the Rogue Valley's organic farmers including:  Fry Family, Blue Fox, Whistling Duck, Hi Hoe, and Chickadee Farms.  If we can get it locally, we do.  Our next consideration is to purchase from two organically certified distributors:  Organically Grown Company and Organic Produce Warehouse.   Purchasing from these distributors allows us to support two Oregon businesses while giving you access to a variety of fruits and vegetables from around the world.

The produce team is dedicated to giving you friendly, helpful service, and providing you with the very best produce for your healthy lifestyle.  Organic produce is grown in a way that lessens our impact on this planet; reducing the amount of pesticides, herbicides, and chemical fertilizers going into the groundwater and the air we breathe.  Organic produce is best for people and our planet.

Steve Swader
Produce Manager

I have been in and out of the grocery/produce business since my first job as a box boy in the small local grocery store where I grew up. I stayed at that job for 10 years the last 5 being in the produce department. I later settled in Ashland working for Market of Choice as the assistant Produce manager for 4 years and then becoming one of the store managers. I was then approached by what was soon to be the Medford Food Co-op. Next thing I knew I was loading shelves and equipment from the old Foodland and putting them back together in our new digs.   It has been a fun and fascinating experience to be a part of the Co-op from the beginning,  watching it grow, and to see the potential of where we're heading.