Berkshire Food Co-op was founded in 1981 by local families who wanted to provide our community a place to shop, gather, eat & learn by offering good food and sustainable products at reasonable prices through cooperative ownership and responsible business practices.
We were created by and for families in the Berkshires to bring good food to our friends and neighbors.
In the late 1960s and early 1970s local folks formed buying clubs so they could get better food at better prices. They’d meet in someone’s garage or a community center once a month to break down large quantities of food and split the costs.
Although the buying clubs met many families' needs, it was still difficult to source fresh produce. People still had to go to local stores to buy what they couldn’t get through the club or what they needed until the next club order arrived.
The Co-op nearly doubled in size, again, expanding to fill 7,600 square feet of retail space with another 2,700 square feet dedicated to backroom/office space. The new store features significantly expanded departments with increased product offerings and a big focus on growing our produce, meat and seafood, prepared foods and bulk departments.
We now have bigger aisles and a larger cafe, but our mission is bigger than any building we could occupy. The fact of the matter is, a bigger building will help us do more good in the community. Even though we’re only a few blocks from Rosseter Street, we've come a long way. Our shared values have gotten us this far and now, together, we're ready to take this next step in our growth.