Friday, January 28, 2011

Baltimore Food Co-op

I would be remiss if I didn't post about the latest update in Baltimore's local, cheap, healthy food news!

If you're a frequent reader of the blog, you know I shop often at Mill Valley. During the growing season, you can pick up your CSA veggies there any day from Thursday through Sunday, instead of having to go to the farmer's market on Saturday mornings. Plus they've got local meat and dairy, garden supplies, herbal potions, spices, dry goods, and more!

Last March I posted about the awesome Chinese Street Food Brunch hosted by Hanne Blank, and there are lot of photos of Mill Valley if you want to see more.

Although Mill Valley is a big change of pace if you're used to aisles and aisles of food at the supermarket, I've actually come to prefer a place where you can purchase just the simple building blocks of a good meal: veggies + protein + pantry items (and maybe some bread, unless you happen to bake your own of course!)

Of course, you do have to enjoy cooking if you're buying mainly unprocessed food. But for those of us who want to eat simply, be a part of a good-food community, and support small farmers and business owners, shopping at Mill Valley is worth it.

So what's the big news? Mill Valley is becoming a food co-op!

Instead of the co-op method of volunteer hours keeping costs low, BFC members will pay a one-time $100 buy-in fee to support the business, with a small yearly renewal fee after that.

Members are able to take advantage of discounts and special offers, and also have a say in how the co-op operates. The official description and contact information is on the website:

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