Back to School

Back to School

By Megan Barber, Grocery Manager, Co-op Owner

Going back to school can be pretty daunting with multiple kids, pencils, pens, rulers, notebooks, and more! You cover the highlighters and tennis shoes, let us cover the snacks and lunches!

Everyone is welcome to shop at the Co-op! Bring the kids in and let them enjoy a free piece of fruit as a Co-op Explorer to help keep them from a hanger-attack while you shop!

Peruse the wide variety of locally grown and produced foods like produce, freshly frozen items, pantry staples, bulk selections, and pick up a bottle of wine or six-pack for later. We’ve got many plant-based options including a full range of vegan foods!

Field Day is our go-to brand for customers and staff alike with its everyday low pricing! Find organic and non-GMO items like peanut butters, jelly, crackers, cheeses, pasta, pasta sauces, cookies, juices, chips, and so much more. Just look for the purple signs throughout the store.

Not seeing the items you want in the right favor, size, scent, etc.? Looking to stock up for school with case quantities? How about saving a little money? Do a special order! Every week we process numerous special orders and offer discounts to go with them. Owners get 10% off regularly priced items and an additional 5% off sale products. Non-owners also get a case discount of 5% on regularly priced items. Call, email, or stop in to order or request a price quote!

Owners save every day with 10% off locally sourced products from within 100 miles of the Co-op. This includes freshly baked breads from Traverse City, fresh produce from the mid-Michigan area, golden honey from both Traverse City and Midland, Amish-raised eggs, and more!  Find these products near the green local signs in every department.

Looking to support your Co-op beyond shopping trips? Becoming an Owner is a great way to show your support for both local vendors and your Co-op. Ownership is $30 per year for seven years or one $210 payment. You can also show your support for the Co-op simply through shopping with us. Making the choice to purchase local can have an immediate positive impact!

Megan’s Back to School Picks:

Start the day with some cost-efficient bulk oats and add in some mixed dried fruits for a bright flavor!

Junkless Granola bar packs are local and delicious and oh so easy to toss into a lunch box!

Field Day sparkling water cans offer that afternoon bubbly pick me up and they’re at an everyday low price!

Organic Valley stringle mozzarella cheese sticks with Field Day organic round crackers are just as easily an after-school snack as a fun lunchtime meal. Add some Organic Prairie turkey pepperoni for even more protein!

Wrap up the day and celebrate the end of summers with some plant based Beyond, Impossible, or Gardein ‘meats’ or celebrate local with bison, beef, chicken, or turkey cuts!

Traverse City is wine country! Find the perfect pairing with a bottle or two of our wine selection!

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