Once a week, I, your Chocoblogista, make a trip to my local food cooperative (i.e. co-op, or coop) for Team Gnosis. The place is well known in these parts, it’s called the Park Slope Food Coop and to shop there, you must be a member. Park Slope, for those of you outside of New York, is a neighborhood in Brooklyn. To maintain membership, a person needs only work there for less than three hours each month.
My chosen duty is to push grocery carts back to the store from people’s cars and homes (a fun outdoor job). Membership duties, however, are insignificant in comparison to what we get in return when shopping at the Coop. The coop focuses particularly on everything organic, whatever can be sourced organic, the coop will have it, and they will have it for jaw-dropping prices!
Most of the organic produce there is either equal to or less expensive than conventional produce in other stores. Not just for produce, the co-op has as many sections as other stores with the prices pleasing throughout.
So why would Team Gnosis even need me to bring things like leafy greens, avocadoes, apples, aloe, and tomatoes? Yes, I am forced to admit that we eat more than our superfood-filled chocolate! Greens will do a body good, especially in their unadulterated, whole form.
We would like to encourage you, at your homes and work place, to do the same! If you don’t have access to a coop similar to the one described above, there are other options, like joining a CSA. CSA stands for Community Supported Agriculture, and while plans vary by area, if you sign up you will receive a large box of produce every week, filled with local, seasonal produce.
Bringing local, fresh produce into the workplace assures that everyone has access to a variety of nutritious foods while supporting local farmers.