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Welcome to the Macomb Food Co-op Online Market!
Our goal is to increase the availability of healthy, fresh food in our area by providing a weekly online market that sells locally produced food and homemade goods. Having an online market allows producers and customers to connect in a convenient and efficient way. It also saves on food waste by enabling local producers to see how much they need to harvest. Check out our list of currently available products, and visit regularly as we add to that list.

How Does an Online Market Work?




Online shopping is open from
Friday at 5 p.m. until 9 a.m. Monday

NEW to Online Market:
Grab & Go Soups, Wraps, and Sweets

Pick up order and pay on
Wednesdays 4 - 7 p.m.

How to Buy
The Market is open for shopping each week from 5 p.m. Friday until 9 a.m. Monday. Orders need to be placed during the weekend. Anyone can try the market for one month. After that, you will need to join the Co-op by purchasing a $100 owner share; an installment payment plan is available. Forms can be downloaded at Become an Owner or may be picked up at the Macomb Food Co-op, 211 S. McArthur Street, Macomb.

1. Register as a Customer
Click on the Register tab in the top menu bar and fill out a registration form, creating a password that you will use every time you log in to shop. The next time you shop, just click on the Login tab in the top menu bar and type in your email and password.
 
2. View Product List
Click on Login to arrive at the shopping page. New products will always be showcased when the shopping page opens. Click on Shop By List and choose All Products to view everything available for the week, or shop by producer or product category. Check out the products, producer bio information, and growing practices.
 
3. Place an Order
· Choose an item you want to buy, enter the quantity desired if you want more than one, and click on Add to Cart.
  Repeat this process for all items you would like to order.

· To review your order, click on the word Checkout in the upper right corner of the menu bar. Follow the directions on
  this page to either return to shopping or navigate to the final checkout page.

· On the checkout page, you must click on Submit Order. You may submit as many orders as you wish until 6
  am on Monday.

· Look for an email confirming your order. If you DO NOT receive this, then your order did not go through. Try to order
  again or call for assistance at 309.255.5572 or email us at orders@macombfoodcoop.net. We may
  also call or email asking if you need assistance.
 

4. Pickup
Pick up your order on Wednesdays from 4-7 p.m., at 211 S. McArthur. We accept credit and debit cards for purchases over $10, as well as cash and checks. Please bring your own bags or boxes. Each order will include 1% state food tax (8% for nonfood items). You are responsible for picking up your order. If you are unable to do this, please call or text us at 309.255.5572.

How to Sell
1. Join the Macomb Food Co-op.
Producers must become Co-op owners in order to sell through the Co-op. You can join the Co-op by purchasing a share at the one-time $100 ownership fee. A payment plan is available allowing for payments as low as $25 a month. (Become an Owner)
2. Read the Producer Guidelines/ Procedures
3. Print out, complete, and mail in Producer Application

 FAQs

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 orders@macombfoodcoop.net. 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.