Community-Owned Grocery Store? Make It New Leaf Market!
There’s been a lot of dedicated efforts to solidify a community-owned grocery store, featuring healthy, local food. Our response? The answer is New Leaf Market! When talking to friends and neighbors about this initiative, here are 5 quick hits that can help you explain what our store will be:
- New Leaf Market, you mean the New Leaf Winter Farmers Market?
No! New Leaf Market will be a full-service (you can get your cheerios, Kashi & toothpaste), member-owned, cooperative grocery store that will feature local, healthy, fair-priced food for the community. It will look like your neighborhood grocery store with aisles of produce, dairy, bulk foods, meats, beer & wine, non-perishables, health & beauty, deli, bakery and so much more. Not open yet, but on its way! New Leaf Market is one of the partners participating in the New Leaf Winter Farmers Market, which we started with Downtown Green Bay, Inc.
- Membership? I just want to shop there!
Everyone can shop at New Leaf Market! You don’t have to be a member-owner to enjoy the high quality food, fair prices and educational information provided by New Leaf Foods. You just get added perks if you are.
- I want a Trader Joes/Whole Foods, will I like New Leaf Market?
Absolutely! If you want a Trader Joes or Whole Foods, you will want New Leaf Market! We are the local, authentic option when it comes to healthy, whole foods. We will carry many of the things you will find at either of those stores, but will offer more locally produced and grown food. Plus it’s owned by OUR community. Not someone in another state, meaning more of our dollars spent at New Leaf Market will stay in the community.
- You say where?
New Leaf Market Co-op has identified a site in De Pere with good parking, on a main thoroughfare with public transportation access.
- I want to shop there now!
New Leaf Market Co-op will open as soon as we secure our financing. Over 800 member-owners already support the vision of New Leaf Market having purchased their $180 share (one time cost), having pledged over $360,000 in member-owner investments and continuing to spread the word about New Leaf Market. There is more work to be done, but we are taking the right steps.