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New Gaines Street Food Co-op Forming

800px-fruit_stall_in_barcelona_marketFolks who live in the All Saints/RR Square/Gaines Street area include a lot of folks who depend on public transit, their bicycle or walking for transportation.   It’s a great place to live; close to clubs and shops, two universities and the state capitol complex.  All it’s missing is a grocery store.  The closest grocery store for folks in this neighborhood is the Publix on Ocala; a long haul if you’re living car-free.

A food co-op is similar to a normal grocery store except that instead of being owned by an individual or corporation, it’s owned by the members.  Many co-ops, including this one, use member volunteers to carry out much of the work.  It’s a great way to meet your neighbors and help build community.

Tallahassee has had several food co-ops over the years, including the wildly successful New Leaf Market on Applachee Parkway.  Now a group of community activists are planning a new food co-op in the All Saints/Railroad/Gaines area.  The new group is calling itself the “Bread and Roses” Food Cooperative and we wish them great success.  According to a group member I interviewed, the main stumbling point for the group is finding a suitable location.

We wish them luck and know that they have an excellent chance of success in this happening neighborhood.   You can reach them by sending email to

It may be awhile before Bread and Roses has a produce department like this one at the Barcelona Market.  The photo is from Wikimedia Commons.

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  1. From Justin:

    Hello everyone!
    You are invited to the first community meeting of the Bread and Roses Food Cooperative.
    We will have a presentation explaining what a member-worker food cooperative is, how it works and what we have done so far to make it happen right here in Tallahassee.
    We will discuss what still needs to be done and how you can get involved in the project.
    We will also do our best to field any questions and take note of any suggestions you may have.
    Come out and bring your friends!

    Sunday, March 29, 2009
    1:30pm – 4:00pm
    LeRoy Collins Public LIbrary Meeting Room A
    Call st. between Duval & Bronough

    ps. website coming soon!!!

  2. Yeaaaaa!!! I am ecstatic to hear this news about a new (REAL!) coop forming. It’s about time Tallahassee had an alternative to the New Thief Markup. I personally know of a lot of folks who would love to join, participate, etc. The word needs to spread throughout this area and I will do what I can to spread it. Best news I’ve heard in a long time. I hope it gets together soon — and those of us who are just hearing about it would love to hear more about how we can help. Thanks so much. Sue

  3. I think that New Leaf is pretty wonderful. They have great stuff at pretty good prices. If you are interested in getting cheaper prices on on food, you should look into buying a 50 pound bag of rice or beans and splitting it with 10 friends. You can do the same for veggies. Buy them in wholesale lots and split them up.

    Stop your whining and get to work!

  4. E –

    Have you checked into the price of a 50 pound bag of beans lately. It’s not the beans so much as the shipping costs are more than the beans, so in the end, the price is the same.

  5. Pam – Welcome to swampFolk. Do you sell at any of the local farmers markets?

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