Supporting local farmers puts money back into our community and ensures that farmland won't be converted to pavement. Furthermore, buying local minimizes the environmental impact of long distance shipping. Locally grown produce is fresher and tastes better. We buy as local as possible all of the time.
The co-op stocks fair trade products whenever possible in order to work with marginalized producers and workers in an effort to help them move from a position of vulnerability to security and economic self-sufficiency. By adhering to social criteria and environmental principles, fair trade organizations foster a more equitable and sustainable system of production and trade that benefits people and their communities.
In line with our mission to sell compassionate, ethical, and sustainable products, the 4th Street Food Co-op is 100% vegetarian and almost completely vegan.
Organic food is better for the environment, saves energy, reduces soils erosion, is healthier, and just tastes better. Almost all food in the store is organic or better. There are not organic varieties of every product our members and customers would like us to stock, but we opt for items that are organic or better whenever possible.