Welcome to the Macomb Food Co-op Online Market!
How Does an Online Market Work?
How to Buy
1. Register as a Customer
How to Sell
Q: What is meant by local?
A: The Co-op has defined local as within a hundred mile radius. However, staples such as coffee, tea, and flour will be sourced by the Co-op from small scale regional farms and fair trade sources.
Q: Buying local: Why does it matter?
A: Despite having some of the best agricultural land in the world, Illinois imports more than 95% of its food. More than half of the fruits and vegetables in our supermarkets are grown in California using irrigated water. What would happen if California were in a state of continual drought? Is the current food system sustainable? Local food is tastier, more nutritious, and keeps more dollars in our local communities. Together we can build a local, regional, and more secure food system.
Q: Is everything the Market sells organic?
A: No, not everything is organic. Many of our farmers practice Good Agricultural Practices (GAP) and sustainable methods even though they do not have organic certification.
Q: How can I make suggestions for items I want to buy?
A: Click on Contact/Customer Support in the menu bar and use the comment section to request additional items. The Co-op will make every effort to accommodate customer requests.
Q: How do I pay?
A: You may pay by cash or check when you pick up your order. The Macomb Food Co-op also accepts credit cards with a $10 minimum.
Q: Why didn’t I receive an email saying that my order was submitted?
A: Usually that means you did not complete the ordering process. Make sure to click on the words Shopping Cart in upper right corner under your name to review your order. Follow directions on this page to get to the checkout page. On the checkout page you will need to Submit your Order. If you still do not receive a confirmation email, please contact us at 309.255.5572 or at firstname.lastname@example.org. If we do not hear from you, we will contact you to see if you need assistance.
Q: How many owner shares can one person buy?
A: According to Illinois regulations, one person may purchase up to five owner shares. If you buy more than one share, you will still only have one vote concerning Co-op business.
Q: Are you required to shop each week?
A: No, you may shop whenever you like.
Q: Am I required to work or volunteer?
A: No owner is required to work at the Co-op, but volunteers are always welcome to help with distribution day or join a Co-op committee. Our cooperative effort is supported by volunteers who are critical to our success.
Q: Am I required to become a Co-op owner to shop online?
A: Anyone may shop at the Online Market for a trial period of one month, then non-owners will be asked to join the Co-op.
Q: When will you open a store?
A: We are following a business plan formulated by a national consultant. The plan suggests that we wait until we have 400 members before we start seriously looking for a store site.
Q: As a Co-op owner, am I liable if a lawsuit is brought against the Coop?
A: No. The Co-op is incorporated under Illinois law, and just as with other types of corporations, the Co-op is its own legal entity, separate from the Board and owners. This means that no Co-op members can ever be personally liable for any of the Co-op’s debts or liabilities.