The New Orleans Food Co-op, located inside the Healing Center at 2372 St. Claude Avenue in the Marigny, opened to the public yesterday. From 9 am to 9 pm, seven days a week, the Co-Op will offer an alternative to chain supermarkets, showcasing fresh, healthy food. More than 1770 member-owners control the Co-op, but the store is open to both members and non-members. An official grand opening celebration takes place on November 12.
A trip to the Co-op on opening day found the store to be bright and spacious, with a nice selection of organic produce, bulk items, dairy, packaged goods, frozen foods, and even a few bakery items. I bought pea shoots, sprouts, and radicchio. I even briefly considered joining the cooperative, but then I realized that the neighborhood is most inconvenient to my usual traffic patterns. I’m not knocking the location, mind you: right in the heart of the city least served by traditional grocery stores. So if you’re a frequenter of downtown/the Marigny/Bywater/the 9th Ward, definitely check out the Co-op.