Volunteer Recruitment Event [RECAP]

On Saturday, March 24th we invited the community out to hear about the Elk River Area Food Co-op and to promote volunteer opportunities available to help us grow.

  • We had 25+ people come out and enjoy the conversation and great food!
  • Potluck style with donations from Diamond City Bread and our partners at Pettit Pastures (co-op members receive 5% off pasture raised pork, beef and chicken) 
  • If you missed the event but would like to get involved please fill out our Volunteer Application and we will contact you with opportunities that fill your interest

As always, keep spreading the word! We could not do this without our community and we are so thankful for all the support and are overjoyed by the passion that was shown this weekend.

Lets double our member numbers so we can start looking for locations!

2016-2017 Annual Report

Please review our Annual Report to read about our 2016-2017 successes and to learn ways you can continue to help the co-op grow. 

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As you will see on the above graph, and our report, Word of Mouth and Social Media have been the two largest contributors to our success. We ask the community to keep spreading the word and help us build visibility and awareness throughout town!


2016-2017 was a year of tremendous growth! We nearly doubled our membership to a total of #303 owners. We are so proud of our community and look forward to hitting our 2018 goals! We need your help to get there. In order for us to start looking for physical locations we will need around 600 owners. This shows us, and our lenders, that our community supports our efforts. 


If you haven't joined yet, please let us know why!
There is no better time to support local agriculture, healthy food access and community connections. 

Join today so we can make it happen:
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On the first of September we hit #263 Member-Owners.

At thursday's City of Elk River Farmers Market a really great thing happened.... Donald Davies and Mary Rice walked up to our table after seeing a community flyer at Pompeii Pizzeria and immediately said "we want to support this". 

And so they did. Congrats on being Member Owner #263!!

We are only 37 Members away from hitting our Annual goal of #300 member-owners. Have you committed to your local co-op yet?

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We Hired Our First Staff (2016)

Please welcome our FIRST HIRE at the Elk River Area Food Co-op....

Alyssa Johnson grew up in Elk River and graduated from the University of Minnesota - Duluth with degrees in both marketing and finance. Her plan is to make the co-op more visible in the community and strengthen the relationship between supplier (local farmers) and consumers (YOU, our members!). She has always been interested in nutrition and sustainability and wants to share her passion with her hometown and surrounding areas. When she isn't working hard for the co-op she spends her time lost in the woods, relaxing at the lake, or in the kitchen finding new recipes. Alyssa believes co-ops are the way of the future and can't wait to shop at the ERA Food Co-Op!

To read the full story check out the Elk River Star News.

Up & Coming: $1,500 Grant

The Elk River Area Food Co-op is back home from the 2017 Up and Coming Food Co-op Conference held in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. We had the chance to meet, learn from, and share with dozens of other food co-op's. We are so happy to share the exciting news -- Not only did we leave with a priceless amount of new knowledge and insight to move forward, but we were chosen to return next year with a $1,500 GRANT!!!

The co-op is evolving and we are so thankful for all the folks helping along the path. Thank you to our board members and staff who attended the conference, thank you to Outpost Natural Foods Co-op for all your work, thank you to everyone at Food Co-op Initiative for all your time and expertise, thank you to all the sponsors who made the conference available and thank you to every start up co-op that took time to learn how to better their communities and push through the challenges. The future looks bright, keep on shining!!!

2016 - A year to celebrate in Elk River Area Food Co-op History

2016 was a monumental year for the ERA Food Co-op.

Our membership doubled since 2015! We now have over 160 committed community members investing their time and money into creating a convenient store that provides a one-stop-shop for healthy food and products.

We were awarded our SECOND $10,000 grant from the Food Co-op Initiative. That proves they believe in what we are doing and want to see a physical store created in our area! One out of twelve start-up’s are chosen in the entire nation, and we’ve been chosen two years in a row – that’s pretty amazing.

Our board of directors grew! We added two new positions for a total of eight members. By doing so we have extra hands, more ideas, and added hours to dedicate toward making the co-op a reality.

In November we hired our first staff, Alyssa Johnson will be our 2016-2017 Marketing and Outreach Specialist. She will be working hard towards building awareness and education on the co-op.

We’ve consistently held monthly classes and will continue to fill our calendar with opportunities to learn about healthy living while meeting other like-minded individuals in your community.

What does 2017 have in store?

We are working hard on building our membership base and hope to double our membership once again. Our goal is to increase our visibility in the community and create more life-long connections with our neighbors and farmers. We plan on building up our member benefits by adding business partnerships, strengthening our local economy.

Membership Update: 200 & Beyond!

HOLY LENTILS! Have you heard the news??

The numbers are in and we exceeded our February membership goal. We now sit with 201 Elk River Area Food Co-op Member-Owners. 

Thank you Chris Martel, Rachel Hilyar, Bekki Day, Michelle Hall, Nicole West, Todd Kelven, Julie Severs, George Walker, Rachel Hoey, Brianna Collins, Carol Lamphere, Ryan Alcott, Brian Harvey, Heather Coleman, Garrett Hengstler, Liane Oanes, Janice Sack, Stuart Patterson, Greg Enkhaus, Jan Blount, Darlene Marotta, Jessica Busch, Randean Miller, Jennifer Worsen, Mary Hackenmueller, Marietta Saxon, Michelle Flahave, Connie Stewart, Brenda Kane, Kristin Frame, Alan Blake and Lisa Olson, Shane Durkopp and Faydra Hillstrom. 

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These are our friends and neighbors who support the co-op vision and want to have a reliable source for all their healthy food needs!

We've come a long way, yet have a long way to go. Keep spreading the word and telling people why you value the Elk River Area Food Co-op!

Not a member? What's holding you back? Reach out and get your questions answered.

Membership Update: 190

Thank you Randean Miller for being #190!! 

9 days ago we hit 180 and look where we are at. If we can continue to grow this fast we could have a store location picked by the middle of 2018. Keep spreading the word and tell your friends why you 'own it'!

The more members we get, the quicker this co-op will develop. 

Support local. Support community. 
Support your co-op!

The Co-op is Growing: Celebrating 170!

Since the beginning of 2017 we have added EIGHT new MEMBERS to our growing co-op team! We hit another milestone, we are now at 170 Elk River Area Food Co-op members. This weekend people were thinking about the co-op. We are now at ONE HUNDRED AND SEVENTY member-owners. That is amazing. Your investment puts us that much closer to making the co-op dream into a reality!

Can we make it to 200 by the end of February??

Yes, we can. And this is how….

Not a member? Sign up today. All it takes is a one time investment and you get a lifetime of benefits. We currently have TEN small business partnerships offering discounts to co-op members. Members receive discounts on classes plus are the first to know about everything that is going on with the co-op. Sign up today and support local, strengthen your community, and help the co-op grow! For more information and to register, check out our Membership page.

Currently a member? Tell all your friends, share our postsbecome a partner,  join our community classeshost a house party. The only way for this thing to really happen is for ALL OF US to proudly support and promote the Elk River Area Food Co-op.

What a wonderful way to ring in the New Year! Lets keep pushing forward.

Keep spreading the co-op word and tell all your friends and family about our efforts. Education and awareness is the only way to bring about change.

Lets hit 200 by February 28th!!

Membership Update: 180

Sitting in the kitchen eating lunch with the laptop open, e-mail popped up. I hear a ding letting me know a new membership came in. Jumped up and did the happy dance....

We just hit 180, we just hit 180!

Thank you Brian Harvey for making your commitment to the co-op vision and values. We are one step closer to making the co-op dream a reality. 

Brian joined because he realized how much he missed the quality and variety offered at the co-op in his old Minneapolis neighborhood. He wants to be able to spend 'locally' as often as possible and can't wait to see the Elk River Area Food Co-op doors open!

Our goal is still 200 by the end of February, help us get there. Already a member? Tell ALL your friends and family. You are an owner and have a huge part in the development of this dream! 

Haven't made the leap? What's holding you back? Go to our website for more information and to register today!