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New Society Publishers Spring 2019

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Grocery Story
The Promise of Food Co-ops in the Age of Grocery Giants
By (author): Jon Steinman
9780865719071 Paperback, Adhesive bound English General Trade BUSINESS & ECONOMICS / Industries / Food Industry May 07, 2019
$19.99 CAD
Active 6 x 8.5 x 1 in | 460 gr 304 pages 100% recycled content FSC certified – recycled C016245 New Society Publishers

Hungry for change? Put the power of food co-ops on your plate and grow your local food economy

Hungry for change? Put the power of food co-ops on your plate and grow your local food economy.

Food has become ground-zero in our efforts to increase awareness of how our choices impact the world. Yet while we have begun to transform our communities and dinner plates, the most authoritative strand of the food web has received surprisingly little attention: the grocery store—the epicenter of our food-gathering ritual.

Through penetrating analysis and inspiring stories and examples of American and Canadian food co-ops, Grocery Story makes a compelling case for the transformation of the grocery store aisles as the emerging frontier in the local and good food movements. Author Jon Steinman:

  • Deconstructs the food retail sector and the shadows cast by corporate giants
  • Makes the case for food co-ops as an alternative
  • Shows how co-ops spur the creation of local food-based economies and enhance low-income food access.

Grocery Story is for everyone who eats. Whether you strive to eat more local and sustainable food, or are in support of community economic development, Grocery Story will leave you hungry to join the food co-op movement in your own community.

  • This is the first book to capture the success and importance of the retail food co-ops in growing strong, resilient local economies
  • Interest in local food -- from community gardens to farmers markets -- is growing exponentially.
  • The logical next step is to address the most penetrating strand of the food economy, supermarkets
  • A compelling case for the transformation of neighborhood grocery stores for good food and stronger communities
  • The author is a journalist who hosted and produced the internationally radio show syndicated on 50 stations and podcast "Deconstructing Dinner" which has had nearly 2 million listens.
  • Food co-ops are a proven model for communities who have lost their neighbourhood food stores
  • Not only do they offer a solution for "food deserts," they also bring systematic changes to local economies and increase low-income access to food
  • Features stories from co-op successes throughout North America including...


  • Author makes mention of the U.K.'s Co-op chain - one of the largest co-ops in the world. IHe also make considerable reference to the U.K. grocery store sector and brief mention of Australia's dominant grocers.

Food Co-op Directory
U.S. Co-ops Featured in Grocery Story
Renaissance Community Co-op (Greensboro, NC)
Weavers Way Co-op (Philadelphia / Ambler, PA)
Co-op Food Stores - Hanover Co-op (Hanover / Lebanon, NH / White River Jct, VT)
City Market (Burlington, VT)
Apple Street Market (Cincinnati, OH)
Viroqua Food Co-op (Viroqua, WI)
Clifton Market (Cincinnati, OH)
Weaver Street Market (Carrboro / Raleigh / Chapel Hill / Hillsborough, NC)
Isla Vista Food Co-op (Santa Barbara, CA)
PCC Community Markets (Seattle metro area, WA)
River Valley Food Co-op (Northampton, MA)
Outpost Natural Foods (Milwaukee, WI)
Central Co-op (Seattle, WA)
Park Slope Food Co-op (NYC)
Durham Co-op Market (Durham, NC)
Great Basin Community Food Co-op (Reno, NV)
Wheatsville Co-op (Austin, TX)
Purple Porch Co-op (South Bend, IN)
Seward Community Co-op (Minneapolis, MN)
Harmony Co-op (Bemidji, MN)
Brattleboro Food Co-op (Brattleboro, VT)
Wedge Co-op (Minneapolis, MN)
Monadnock Food Co-op (Keene, NH)
People's Food Co-op (Portland, OR)
North Coast Co-op (Aracata / Eureka, CA)
Sacramento Natural Foods Co-op (Sacramento, CA)
Community Food Co-op (Bellingham, WA)
Portland Food Co-op (Portland, MN)
Buffalo Mountain Food Co-op (Hardwick, VT)
Davis Food Co-op (Davis, CA)
Mississippi Market (St. Paul, MN)
Wirth Co-op (Minneapolis, MN)
Willy Street Co-op (Madison, WI)
The Merc Co-op (Lawrence, KS)
Hunger Mountain Co-op (Montpelier, VT)
Berkshire Co-op (Great Barrington, MA)
Detroit People's Food Co-op (Detroit, MI) - not yet open
Westwood Food Co-op (Denver, CO) - not yet open
Middlebury Natural Foods (Middlebury, VT)
Three Rivers Market (Knoxville, TN)
Franklin Community Co-op (Greenfield / Shelburne Falls, MA)

Brief Mentions
Community Food Co-op (Bozeman, MT)
Common Ground Food Co-op (Urbana, IL)
Potsdam Food Co-op (Potsdam, NY)
French Broad Food Co-op (Asheville, NC)
Green Top Grocery (Bloomington, IN)
Oryana Natural Foods Market (Traverse City, MI)
Valley Natural Foods (Burnsville, MN)
Putney Food Co-op (Putney, VT)
Littleton Food Co-op (Littleton, NH)
Common Market Co-op (Frederick, MD)
Eastside Food Co-op (Minneapolis, MN)
Chequamegon Food Co-op (Ashland, WI)
Food Front Cooperative Grocery (Portland, OR)
Mariposa Food Co-op (Philadelphia, PA)
People's Food Co-op (La Crosse, WI / Rochester, MN)
Bloomingfoods (Bloomington, IN)
La Montanita (Santa Fe / Albuquerque / Gallup, NM)
New Pioneer Food Co-op (Iowa City / Cedar Rapids / Coralville, IA)
Menomonie Market Food Co-op (Menomonie, WI)
Flatbush Food Co-op (NYC)
Sevananda Natural Foods Market (Atlanta, GA)
Upper Valley Food Co-op (White River Jct, VT)
Swarthmore CO-OP (Swarthmore, PA)
Moscow Food Co-op (Moscow, ID)
Open Harvest Co-op Grocery (Lincoln, NE)
Boise Co-op (Boise, ID)
The Old Creamery Co-op (Cummington, MA)
Placerville Food Co-op (Placerville, CA)
Hub City Co-op (Spartanburg, SC)
Sugar Beet Co-op (Oak Park, IL)
Ever'man Cooperative Grocery (Pensacola, FL)
Coos Head Food Co-op (Coos Head, OR)

People's Market (Amherst, MA)

Recently closed but mentioned
Amazing Grains Food Co-op (Grand Forks, ND)
Clintonville Community Market (Columbus, OH)
East Lansing Food Co-op (East Lansing, MI)
Good Earth Market (Billings, MT)
Missoula Community Food Co-op (Missoula, MT)
Glens Falls Food Co-op (Glens Falls, NY)
Baltimore Food Co-op (Baltimore, MD)
River City Food Co-op (Evansville, IN)
Dubuque Food Co-op (Dubuque, IA)
Company Shops Market (Burlington, NC)

Jon Steinman has studied and worked with all things food for over two decades. He was the producer and host of the internationally syndicated radio show and podcast Deconstructing Dinner, once ranked as the most-listened-to food podcast in Canada. Jon was the writer and host of Deconstructing Dinner: Reconstructing our Food System – a television and web series currently streaming online. Jon coordinates and curates the annual Deconstructing Dinner Film Festival of compelling food documentaries and was an elected director from 2006-2016 of the Kootenay Co-op – Canada's largest independent retail consumer food co-op, serving as Board President from 2014-2016. He lives in Nelson, BC.

"A great read! Full of energy and eyes-wide-open hope. In an era of extreme economic concentration, Jon Steinman awakens us to elements of an arising democratic economy, hidden in plain sight. Grocery Story is, above all, an empowering tale we need now more than ever."
— Frances Moore Lappé, author, Diet for a Small Planet and Daring Democracy

"Wake up folks! Co-ops are cool. They bring power back to conscious citizenship. Co-ops are democracy at work in an age calling out for common sense."
— Joel Solomon, co-author, The Clean Money Revolution

"Steinman skillfully blends the history of food retailing with contemporary examples to explain how cooperative food stores consistently have served as a principled alternative and moderating influence on corporate consolidation of food retailing in North America."
— John Ikerd, Professor Emeritus of Agricultural Economics, University of Missouri-Columbia

"An important consideration of the impact that can happen when going to the grocery store becomes an activity and not a chore, an" when a grocery cart can ultimately become a vehicle for social change."
— Melissa Cohen, General Manager, Isla Vista Food Co-op

"On par with many of the other food books that have inspired me — Diet for a Dead Planet, Food Politics, Slow Money, Stolen Harvest, Fast Food Nation, Omnivore's Dilemma, In Defense of Food."
— Ari Derfel, General Manager, Kootenay Co-op, past Executive Director, Slow Money, and cofounder, Gather Restaurant

"Explores how capitalism distorts the food system from farm to plate. A pleasure to read and is crammed with valuable information, stories and analysis. If you eat, you should give this book a read."
— Tom Webb, author, From Corporate Globalization to Global Co-operation and president, Global Co-operation

"An impressive synthesis of critical analysis of systemic societal ills and a very practical "how-to" manual on how to address them. This is literally the best thing I've read about cooperatives, monopolization / oligopolization, and the industrial food system in ages."
— Christopher DeAngelis, Food Co-op Manager (formerly Apple Street Market Cooperative, Mariposa Food Co-op)

"Presents a clear and engaging historical perspective on the evolution of our food co-ops and illustrates the many benefits that they offe" their owners and customers by sharing the stories of co-ops today. Grocery Story should be required reading for anyone helping to organize a new food co-op and everyone who cares at all about their food."
— Stuart Reid, Executive Director, Food Co-op Initiative / Past General Manager, Just Food Co-op and Seward Co-op

"Steinman shows us we can confront the power of food retailers and create an inclusive, health promoting, and sustainable food system."
— Rod MacRae, Associate Professor, York University

"It's worth studying the history of how and why food co-ops formed as a model to ensure continuing access and authenticity in an alternative local and organic food supply."
— Mark Kastel, Cornucopia Institute

"Not just a "must-read" for advocates and participants of the local food movement, it is a "must-implement" to pave the way toward a sustainable and just food system for us all."
— Rob Greenfield, author, Dude Making a Difference

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