The vision for the Richmond Food Co-op resonates with me because at its core it boils down to two things: a community and a grocery store.
By a community, I mean a group of like-minded people with similar values – in this case, healthy and exciting living. Too much of what is important to me in society has been “taken over” by large commercial interests – food, clothing, music, entertainment. Fortunately, in recent years there is a trend back to local: in Richmond we can again find really good local live music, theatre, and restaurants. Co-op member/owners care about such things. We are a community.
Sources of locally produced and healthy foods are expanding, too, which for those of us who like to cook is a promising trend. It’s not easy, though: “What day of the week is it – okay, Wednesday, I’ll drop by Lakeside Farmer’s Market.” The evolution from supermarkets (with very little in the way of local foods) to specialty (and expensive) organic grocery stores to farmers’ markets to CSA’s should now be….a grocery store that sources IT ALL, every day, all day. This is a an important component of the vision.
If you are reading this, here’s the most important thing you can do this week: find one person and invite him/her to join the Richmond Food Co-op. Thank you!
-David King, Board Secretary