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Thursday, June 14, 2012

Shop Local. Abundance CoOp.

.World's Best Coffee.
(Quite Literally)

Abundance Cooperative Market.
62 Marshall Street.
Right off Monroe. Near the Bug Jar

What's a CoOp? Who's a shareholder? How do I become one?  
Truly, visit their website. This will answer all questions & more.

BPA free tuna can, Blue Diamond Gluten-Free snacks;
Locally owned & baked Flour City Bread.

What I can tell you about the CoOp is that it is a 1 way to be 100% sure of your foodhome goods, & beauty productsLocallyGloballyEnvironmentallyGuilt-free shopping. (Aside from the slight dent it could put in the wallet...)
You can compare the prices yourself.

.I love the CoOp because.

I love the CoOp because it exposes me to products I wouldn't normally seek. Like Blue Diamond Natural Nut-Thins. I knew about these & knew I really liked these from my visit with Christine. Still, it's unlikely I'd seek them out amidst competing snack options--I'm not gluten intolerant and so my motivation, other than that they are super healthy & yum, is still low--such as Keebler Club Crackers. The CoOp makes it easy.

And who knew about Zevia Soda!? Legittttttttttttt. ...Member how I was saying no Cola with phenylalanine and less and less of a yes to those without? Now I can have it all. Haven't yet tried this all natural diet version. But I am SO beyond stoked. And there are tons of flavors. Root Beer, Orange, Grape. You can't not try.

Food & Drink.
Perhaps the main reason I always end up at The CoOp is for their fresh brewed, organic, FREE TRADE coffee. I die. I've drank coffee all around the world--Italy, Spain, France--and this is just as good. Kid you not. I love love love love love the darkest roasts, a brew I'd try no where else within The States (except perhaps Seattle...), b/c anywhere else I've had it, it's bitter, biting, cracked, & chalked. But this stuff is the real deal. Whole & full & round & chocolate. How I don't drink it daily, I do not know. It's worth the stop in just for that.

And Abundance has a mini-cafe area. Bagels & soups at the coffee station, fresh & nutritious. They always feature locally baked goods. Flour City Bread is some of the best stuff 'round. Difficult to cut (especially with a dull knife), even to tear, but incredibly delicious, and satisfying, to chew.

Not the mini-cafe, which is just as relaxing as my porch.
Perhaps most of all, I love the CoOp for the potential I feel it instills within me. It reminds me that I have much to learn about local food, Slow Food, globalization, & community organization. The CoOp, if not on its own then in conjunction with numerous local organizations, provides opportunities to volunteer, craft, cook, participate, & organize. Especially for someone like me who needs guidance when it comes to trying new things--I'm just not the delve-in and DIY (myself) gal. (Really, I don't refer to myself as a gal in general, so.)--the CoOp is a nurturing guide to nurturing more than just one's tumtum.

My latest potential endeavor? 
To work there. Perhaps? At least volunteer, even if I'm not a shareholder.  
(That's possible, no?) 

As I mature (try to...), I discover how essential it is to surround myself--not necessarily with like-minded people--but rather, with like-moraled people. That I can learn further how to respect my world & my community, how to contribute to both, & gain some residuals on the side (like a renewed interest in cooking ... or a cute boyfriend??? ... maybe?) is compelling

I urge, urge, urge all of you to look into your own Cooperative Market, or local source of food, whatever it may be.

Anyone can shop,
Anyone can join.
Abundance CoOp.

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