FAQs

Can anyone shop at the co-op?
No, we are not a retail store and co-op benefits are available to members only. Working with a small core of committed families is the best way to consistently get the best food at the best prices.

What are the requirements for co-op membership?
The requirements for membership are few but important.  Check out our Member Responsibilities page to see if co-op membership is for you.

I’ve read through the Member Responsibilities and that all sounds good to me.  How do I join?
Contact Marcie:  freshfamilygoods@aol.com.

When can I shop?
Co-op hours are always posted on our Hours page.

What should I bring with me when I come to shop?
Bags, cooler, ice, etc.  Bring your iced cooler on dairy day. Dairy is very perishable in the Florida heat. We provide some boxes and bags.

Please also bring these items, which we can re-use:
* Egg cartons
* Glass jars

What do I do when I get to the co-op to shop?
Your first time in, we will give you a tour of our co-op.  Gather your items in the baskets and carts provided, and bring them to the register to pay.  Many times there will be someone available to help you load your items.

How to I order produce?
Approximate prices are posted every week, and orders are due by noon on Saturdays. You must pick up your produce at the co-op on Monday (between 8:30 am and 7:00 pm) or Tuesday (between 9:00 am and 2:00 pm). Other days and times by appointment only.

We also keep a small amount of produce on hand for Monday and Tuesday shoppers who did not pre-order. We can’t afford to keep large inventories of perishable items on hand, so the supply of produce on the “spillover table”  will be small and somewhat unpredictable.  Your best bet is to pre-order your produce if possible.

If you would like join the produce-buying group, please email Marcie:  freshfamilygoods@aol.com.

How do I order fresh dairy?
Ordering deadline is noon on Saturdays. You must pick up your dairy at the co-op on Monday (between 8:30 am and 7:00 pm) or Tuesday (between 9:00 am and 2:00 pm). Other days and times by appointment only.

Other dairy products are often available without special ordering.  Just check our dairy/egg refrigerator to see what’s available.

Contact Marcie if you would like join the dairy-buyers group:  freshfamilygoods@aol.com.

How do I order cheese?
We stock some cheese in the co-op, and you can buy this without special-ordering.  We use an online ordering system for special-order cheese from Amish country.

Contact Marcie if you would like join the cheese-buyers group:  freshfamilygoods@aol.com.

How do I order meats?

We stock some meat products in the co-op, and you can buy these without special-ordering.  Limited weekly specials are also available, and Marcie will announce these via e-mail.  Marcie will also occasionally solicit special orders. To get the best price on meats, ordering by the case or half case is your way. All case orders must be picked up on the scheduled delivery day. NO EXCEPTIONS!

If you would like join any of the meat-buying groups (beef, chicken, or frozen fish), contact Marcie:  freshfamilygoods@aol.com.

How do I order dry goods?
We keep some standard staple items on our shelves (for example: olive oil, canned tomatoes, tinned fish), and you can purchase these without ordering.  If you want something you don’t see in stock, please let Marcie know.

We regularly order dry goods from a number of suppliers.  The frequency depends on demand:  The greater the demand, the more frequently we order — and the better the prices we get.  Please buy your dry goods through the co-op whenever possible.

Online browsing is available for United Natural Foods, our biggest supplier of dry goods. Contact Marcie for details.