The Great Basin Food Company
Nevada’s only community own grocery store is located right here in the biggest little city. The Reno Co-op open’s its doors to the Reno community 7 days a week, 364 days a year.
The Great Basin Community Food Cooperative, also known as the “Co-op”, celebrated its 10th birthday this year as it began in 2005 as a buyer’s club. Since its 2005 beginning as a buyer’s club, the Reno Co-Op has moved locations twice to keep up with its growth.
This natural foods market offers fresh local produce, allowing for the community to stay green. The Co-op opens its doors to everyone, including non members. The Reno Co-op prides itself in its natural, organic, and most importantly local food. Environmental awareness is one of the co-op’s core values. They serve the Reno community through advocating local food organizations such as Urban Roots and Slow Food Reno.
So, What is a Co-Op?
A co-operative is a self-run organization. They are democratic groups united by their similar economic and social needs. These voluntary associations are bounded by their aspirations for their community. Co-ops focus on the values of self-help and democracy. They take pride in their democratic controlled associations. After several attempts around the world, the first successful co-operative was in Rochdale, England dating back to the 1840’s. Since then, the International Co-Operative Alliance has made these 7 guidelines for co-ops around the world to follow:
- Voluntary and Open Membership
- Democratic Member Control
- Member Economic Participation
- Autonomy and Independence
- Education, Training and Information
- Cooperative among Co-operatives
- Concern for Community
The Great Basin Co-op’s DROPP program is a website several local restaurants including the Laughing Planet Café use. DROPP (Distributors of Regional and Organic Produce & Products) allows for farmers and producers to easily sell their products to several local restaurants and businesses. This program allows for local farmers to reach a broader clientele as well as restaurants to have a greater and easier selection of food to choose from. This system allows for the relationship between buyers and producers in the Reno community to continue to be harmonious and for the local economy to strengthen. Laughing Planet Café Reno picks up several fruits and vegetables twice a week, in order to keep our food fresh.
To find out more about Reno’s Co-op and upcoming events go to greatbasinfood.coop. The Great Basin Food Co-op is open daily from 8 a.m. to 9 p.m. and is located at 240 Court St., Reno NV.