We started in May 2011 with 12 members, offering 20 different products and opening once per month. We used old wooden wardrobes for food storage and didn’t have a computer. News spread mainly by word of mouth, along with an article in the Benalla Ensign.
We now have 84 members, offer 115 products and recently commenced opening four times per month. In the coming month we will see our 4,000th customer shop at the food co-op.
We have decided to celebrate our 8th year with a social function where we will share a meal and a recipe.
It is heartening to see many young families attend the Co-op. We all enjoy the many benefits of good quality food products, shopping in a relaxed friendly atmosphere and knowing we are contributing to less food miles and packaging, and where possible, supporting local producers.
Food Co-op Coordinator