Frequently Asked Questions
How is a co-op different from other grocery stores?
Unlike larger food store chains, co-ops are 100% independently owned and operated and have a commitment to providing year-round access to healthy, locally-produced natural and organic foods. Co-ops are mission-driven rather than profit-driven.
Do I have to be a member-owner to shop at the co-op?
No; everyone can shop at MOCO! Membership is completely voluntary and anyone is welcome to shop at the co-op, member or not! We welcome anyone that is interested in supporting our local economy and producers. All events and classes are open to the public unless specifically noted otherwise.
Why should I join?
Membership is a way for you to support your local co-op. Members have access to additional sales and discounts, can vote for the board of directors, and take pride in supporting community businesses. Members also enjoy discounts on goods and services from local businesses – view the list here.
How much does a membership cost?
There are two membership options for you to choose from:
Option 1 – Annual Membership: $20 per year with the ability to renew annually. An annual membership builds member equity each year until you reach a lifetime equity contribution of $200
Option 2 – Lifetime Membership: $200 one-time fee
How can MOCO compete with other grocery stores?
MOCO has different offerings than other area grocery stores. Larger chain stores emphasize price, volume and variety. MOCO’s inventory emphasizes healthy, organic and locally sourced products with the intended support of local producers and stimulation of the local economy. Additionally, MOCO offers educational opportunities that allow shoppers to make more informed and more healthful choices.
Are MOCO’s Prices Higher?
Although prices may be higher on certain items than in local big chain stores, consumers must take into account: product source – is it a local product? Local products are typically of a much higher quality and cost more to produce, which will be reflected in pricing. Volume – chain grocers purchase in large volume, whereas smaller co-ops do not. This will also effect pricing. MOCO offers a sale of approximately 100 items every month for members and another 100 items are on sale for non-members. Therefore, if you are a member, you get a total of 200 plus items on sale each month!
How can I help to support MOCO’s growth and success?
You can easily help support MOCO!
Shop at MOCO!
Keep the feedback coming! Sharing your product likes, needs and wants helps us to stock the items important to you!
Become a member! Go to the Become a Member page for details.
Attend MOCO Events.
Volunteer to share your expertise through educational workshops
Help spread the word; share what you love about MOCO on social media!