and we’re open!

The East Aurora Co-op Market opened today with a ribbon-cutting at 11 a.m. (Too bad I didn’t make it–my doctor appointment ran late and I rushed in at 11:20. Boo. But Andrew made it, so at least one of us was there to represent!)

Andrew and I have been members of the co-op since we moved here in 2011, and it’s been a looooooong project that many people have worked very hard on for the last five years or so.  For more information about the co-op, including it’s history and how to become a member (we always need more members!), go to their website at http://eastaurorafood.coop/.

The co-op is located on Main Street here in the village; this is the view from Main Street:

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Side view (once you pull into the parking lot):

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View of the store as if you were entering from the Main Street entrance; store in front of you and the prepared foods section is to the right of this photo:

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The co-op carries the same things as a regular grocery store, such as salad dressings, condiments, baking supplies, fresh and frozen foods, as well as bulk bins for grains and even spices.  While you won’t find Campbell’s soups, you’ll find Amy’s and other high-quality brands throughout the store.  Annie’s dressings and crackers and macaroni and cheese, Newman’s Own cookies, Udi’s gluten-free bread and Barbara’s cereals are just a few of the common brands you’ll find at the co-op.  Looking for your best value?  Try Field Day, which is like the ‘store brand’ for co-ops.  Great quality at great prices!

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The produce section will feature as much local food as possible.  With the co-op just having opened, it may take a little while to maximize local sources, but that is the goal. With summer finally here, it shouldn’t be long for the shelves to be full of local produce!

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I love the interior design of the co-op, done by local artist Alix Martin.  The walls are bright green and orange for energy, with soft blue skies and clouds to balance it all out.  The wood floors are perfect for the ‘natural’ feel, and exposed beams and electrical give the store a modern vibe.

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I’m excited!  If you’re local, give the prepared foods department a try and sit out on the patio on a nice day.  Pick up some of your favorites to bring home for later. Consider becoming a member today!

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