Owned and operated by its members, the Potsdam Food Co-op has been part of the North Country community since 1973. We provide natural, international, and specialty foods at the lowest possible cost. Members and the public alike are welcome to shop at the Co-op, which carries fresh organic produce, foods in bulk and packaged and canned goods that are healthful, appetizing and produced using ecologically responsible practices.
Started by a group of seven families who got together and bought food in bulk quantities, the Co-op today still features most of a household’s staple items. It has grown enormously over the years and now numbers more than 800 member households.
The Potsdam Food Co-op is a place where everyone is welcome to shop and anyone is welcome to join.
Co-op Advantages for All Members
- Members can find products unavailable elsewhere and purchase whole cases at a discount by placing special orders or using the buying club.
- Staff members are friendly and well-informed. If you need help or have a question, just ask.
- People on special diets (wheat or dairy-free, low sodium, etc.) can find the products and ingredients they need as well as books on allergies and special dieting.
- Bulk bins make buying such items as spices, grains, oils, rice and cereals easy and convenient: shoppers buy only what they need each time.
- As part of the local community, the Co-op is committed to its well-being and buys fresh from local suppliers whenever feasible. The emphasis on organic produce is unique to this area. The store also stocks local specialty meats, such as buffalo and lamb, as well as organic free-range chicken and turkey, in the freezer section.
- The store is a good place to meet friends and neighbors, to catch up on local news while picking groceries.
Benefits of Membership
Anyone can shop at the Co-op. However, there are benefits to membership. Members are entitled to:
- participation in the Co-op community
- a vote for board of director nominees at the annual meeting
- access to the buying club
- a member benefits card offering discounts from more than 40 area businesses
- lower prices on monthly sales item
- a 2% discount on all purchases
- the option of earning a 10% or 20% discount on your purchases by contributing labor to the operation (1 hour/month is necessary for each adult in the member household for 10% discounts and 3 hour/week for 20%)
How To Become A Member
The annual membership fee is currently set at $25 per year for a household. The $25 fee breaks down as $15 in dues and a $10 share in the Co-op. The share is your investment in the Co-op, which makes you a co-owner. Over time, when your share amount equals $100, you will pay only your annual dues.
Come in and ask any staff member for a membership form or click here to print a form out. Just fill out the form and give it to the cashier with your fee.
After your household information is processed, you will be given a member discount card with a unique member ID number. In order to receive your discount and member sale prices your card must be scanned at the register prior to any purchase.
Mon.-Sun.: 8 am to 7 pm
Store: (315) 265-4630
Bakery: (315) 265-2244
The Co-op is open to all shoppers, but the strength and health of a Co-op depends on a strong membership base. Membership unites us with hundreds of other area families who believe in and support this successful shopping alternative. Your membership provides your household with the member benefits, as well as offering the Co-op your strengths.