Become a Member-Owner

Everyone is welcome to shop at the Co-op, however, there are many benefits to becoming a member-owner! 

OWN: You are an equal owner of the Co-op, a community-owned business dedicated to improving access to good, local and fairly priced food & enhancing our community’s quality of life.

VOTE: You help shape the Co-op by electing your Board representatives and voting for changes as the needs become apparent.  YOU have an equal voice in this community!

SERVE: You can run for election to the Board of Directors or volunteer with committees.

SAVE: There are many ways you save as a member-owner:

  • Member Mondays – 5% off your entire purchase every Monday (excludes alcohol, gift certificates and membership payments)
  • The privilege of bulk and special ordering, with 15% off bulk or by the case orders!
  • Periodic specials throughout the Co-op such as on member-owner appreciation days
  • Accessing specials & discounts at our partnering local businesses through the Local Roots program
  • Receiving an annual patronage dividend when the Co-op will earn surplus income
  • Special offerings for low income member-owners

BELONG: It’s always nice to be part of a group. Especially when that group is both diverse in its membership and aligned in its values.

LEARN & SHARE: Member-owners get reduced or free registration for specific classes & Co-op events.

ALL OF US GET A STORE! We all get a community-owned, not for profit, democratically-run store.  Unlike conventional grocery stores, our primary mission is to serve our shoppers, not profit at their expense, and support our local farmers, not compete with them.

Becoming a member-owner of the Co-op is quick and easy!

  • Fill out the Member-Owner Application
  • Pay the initial investment of $100 or your first quarterly payment
  • Your Co-op benefits begin immediately!

There is a $15 annual equity payment. The Gardiner Food Co-op does not have a working member requirement. If you move away your membership is fully refundable. A low-income option is available, please contact us in the store or by e-mail, info@gardinerfood.coop for more information.