Co-ops support each other for local and global impact

Alter Eco Quinoa Farmer Celia Alanes Anapqui.

Alter Eco Quinoa Farmer Celia Alanes Anapqui

Co-ops around the world share a set of guiding principles with BriarPatch. These include “cooperation among cooperatives,” and “concern for community.” When you purchase delicious, healthy food at the Patch, you’re supporting a business that cares about people and contributes to a livable, sustainable community. And when you choose products from our farmers and vendors, that impact grows and grows!

This October we’re proud to join with nearly 150 food co-ops around the country to celebrate our many stories of how cooperative companies, suppliers, manufacturers, and farmers are growing strong, healthy communities around the world. We do make a difference!

The companies participating in the October Co+op Deals flyer promotion work with cooperative suppliers and manufacturers or are cooperatives themselves, so they’re working to build strong bonds between the people who purchase their products and the people who supply them. Co-ops offer a way to transform how business is typically done; they provide us with the products and services we need on a daily basis while strengthening the community around us. Participating companies include Alaffia, Alter Eco, Divine Chocolate, Dr. Bronner’s, Equal Exchange, Guayaki, Maggie’s Organics, Organic Valley, Shady Maple Farms and Theo Chocolate.

Divine Chocolate workers Sarah Ayipah and Esi Konadu Gyeduakese

Divine Chocolate workers Sarah Ayipah and Esi Konadu Gyeduakese

These companies, along with National Co+op Grocers, aim to raise $80,000 for the La Riojana Co-op, an Argentinian producer of wine and olive oil. Through their cooperative business model, La Riojana has been able to significantly improve the well-being of their member communities. With the funds raised, La Riojana will obtain organic certification for almost two villages, which will give a wonderful boost to as many as 95 growers.

To learn more about how these companies are helping communities to grow around the world, visit — and look for more information in the October 5-18 flyer.

Happy Co-op Month!

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