Friday, February 24, 2017

CSA Groups, Grocery Markets, and Food Co ops in St. Louis

Incredible Benefits Of Joining A Local St. Louis Food Co Op or CSA
Who doesn’t want to eat? Of course, everyone loves food, that is why the food business continues to grow in so much popularity and is perceived to thrive in the future. However, more and more people are becoming even more particular with the food they eat. Many are opting for healthier, natural food options on the market. These days, everyone seems to want to eat better, so the idea of organic and local food appears to be a common option.
In various parts of the country, food sources may need to travel long distances before they reach your table. So, how could you get your food closer to your home and enjoy fresher food without paying hefty cash? One of the best options to consider is joining a local food co-op.
What is a CSA?: The National Cooperative Business Association stated that food co-ops deliver high quality groceries at best values to their members. Food cooperatives are voluntary, non-profit organizations formed for the mutual financial benefits of the members and are controlled and owned by their customers. They may specialize in organic, locally grown and natural foods and can operate in purchasing large supermarkets, retail stores or clubs.
St. Louis Grocery Markets - Stores Phone Attributes Location
  Dierberg's 636-532-8884 Grocery Store Chesterfield
  Field's Foods 314-241-3276 Grocery Store Midtown
 Golden Grocer 314-367-0405 Organic Grocery Central West End 
 Kenrick's Meats & Catering  314-631-2440 Grocery & Butcher Shop Affton
 Local Harvest 314-772-8815 Grocery Market Tower Grove
 McArthur's Bakery & Deli  Various Locations  Deli Goods & Bakery Various Locations
 Missouri Mercantile 314-323-2051 Local Missouri Products St Charles
 Parker's Table 314-645-2050 Gourmet Grocery Dogtown
 Schnuck's 314-994-4400 Grocery Market West County
 Straub's 314-361-6646 Gourmet Grocer Central West End
 The Fresh Market 314-692-8471 Creve Coeur West County

The Perks of Joining a St. Louis CSA or Food Co Op
Joining a local food co-op has been an attractive option for an increasing number of people due to its incredible benefits. Some of which include the following:
Open Membership. Membership to co-op is open to all individuals who are able to use the services and willing to accept all the roles of membership. Depending on the organization, there are some restrictions on various basis, including gender, race, religion or associated with other protected class.
Community Oriented. If you want to get involved and become a volunteer or give back to the community, joining co-op will help you achieve that. If you have always wanted to reach out to people but did not know how, food cooperatives can give you the opportunity to do so. It will allow you to directly work with your neighbors.
Focus on High Quality Local Food. Although every food co-op is different, boards and members often seek out organic, local, premium quality foods, as well as dry goods that may be limited, or not at all available at traditional stores or supermarkets. Food cooperatives may also have established close relationships with suppliers and producers that deliver high quality food items and products.
Commitments to Enrichment and Education. A lot of local food cooperatives devote resources and significant time to community development, outreach activities and educational programming. Some food co-ops even sponsor non-profit organizations such as shelters, food banks, clinics and more.
Tax Considerations. The Small Business Administration revealed that US-based co-ops are designated as pass-through organizations and are not subject to any federal business taxes. However, it is important to note that they are liable for any personal taxes on surpluses or profits obtained.
Whether you are thinking of joining food co-ops or you’re already a member, it is important to take note of these amazing benefits of joining the cooperative. 
Healthy and Wise Grocery Shopping Tips
1.  Never go grocery shopping on an empty stomach.
2.  If you are selecting canned fruits or tuna, select the items that are packed in water, not oil or syrup.
3.  Search labels for terms such as "hydrogenated or "partially hydrogenated".  The earlier you see these terms appear in the ingredient list, the higher the amount of unhealthy transfats in the food.
4.  Don't by turkey with the skin on it.
5. If you are selecting frozen type dinner meals, make sure that they are low in fat, sodium and cholesterol.
6. If you feel like you aren't getting enough calcium in your diet, consider an orange juice that is calcium fortified.
7. When selecting breads, cereals, and rolls, whole grain is the way to go.
8.  Consider cantaloupe.  Half of a melon will surpass who body's requirements for both Vitamin C and Beta Carotene.  And it's only 95 calories.
9.  Many local St Louis food markets offer a wide variety of treats that are low in fat such as pretzels, angel food cake, and ginger snaps.

This info is being reprinted courtesy of STL Food