The Rutland Area Food Co-op is a community-owned and operated business committed to improving the quality of life for people in the Rutland region through the sale of whole and natural food products. The Co-op has at least four distinct goals of operation: 1. To provide affordable access to natural and whole products, especially food products, to the Rutland area community; 2. To provide a market for local and regional producers of natural, minimally processed products; 3. To provide a community building and educational center where people can work, shop and learn together; 4. To support and work cooperatively with other individuals and organizations whose purposes are similar to those of the Co-op.
The Rutland Area Food Co-op is a community-owned grocery store centrally located in downtown Rutland. We proudly carry local products from more than 180 small farms and producers found throughout Vermont and the Northeast. We specialize in organic foods and goods as well as those grown and made with sustainable practices, such as Fair Trade. Although we’re a smaller store, you’ll find everything you’d expect from other markets: fresh produce, grocery basics, dairy and frozen foods, household products, health and beauty items, coffee, beer and wine. One of our signature departments is the bulk foods, where you can buy just as much as you’d like of fresh ingredients, including various grains and flours, beans, nut butters, granolas, spices, teas, sugars and more. Just fill one of our bags or containers or bring your own. For a quick meal on the go, we also offer a selection of house made sandwiches, soups and salads. As a community owned grocery store you always have the option to join as a member and take advantage of benefits such as an everyday member discount, supplement and senior citizen discount days and member only sales. By shopping at the Rutland Co-Op, you help sustain local farms, Vermont-made products, the Rutland Community, and the ethos of Co-Op based organizations. Stop in if you haven’t already, and before you know it, you’ll be a regular.
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- Goal 1: Consumption of Vermont-produced food by Vermonters and regional consumers will measurably increase.
- Goal 2: Consumers in institutional settings (e.g., K-12 schools, colleges, state agency cafeterias, hospitals, prisons) will consume more locally produced food.
- Goal 13: Local food will be available at all Vermont market outlets and increasingly available at regional, national, and international market outlets.
- Goal 15: All Vermonters will have access to fresh, nutritionally balanced food that they can afford.