While every co-op is unique and reflects the culture and vision of the community in which it exists, there are some commonalities. If you walk into a food co-op, you will most likely find a friendly neighborhood store that carries local produce, a robust bulk foods section, and unique artisanal foodstuffs. You will also probably find an active community bulletin board with comments from engaged owners and staff. At their best, co-ops are the heart and center of a community.
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