The next time you go grocery shopping you can shop at your very own store. It's true. At Great Basin Community Food Co-Op, members own the store. "It's basically an organization that members pool their resources and they own. So we're basically the only community owned grocery store in the state of Nevada."
It's the brain child of Amber Sallaberry, her sister and just a few friends. And just last year, they moved into a new location at the corner of Flint and Court Streets in the heart of downtown Reno. You don't have to be a member to shop here, but for just $20 a year, you can be an owner. "You get entered into the computer system so that when you shop you get pulled up by your name and then you're eligible to receive our quarterly newsletter and there's coupons there for shopping trips and you can also bulk special order below retail price."
And the store itself is pretty impressive. They sell dozens of items in bulk. Their freezer is full of locally raised meats. And almost every egg comes from local farmers. Plus, they have unique items like Romanesco, or alien, broccoli.
In fact, the food at the Great Basin Co-Op comes from farmers and ranchers in our local water shed outlined on a map on the wall. And Amber says everything in the store is as natural as possible. "Nothing has high fructose corn syrup, any added dyes or colorings, artificial ingredients, no hydrogenated fats, things like that."
With 5,300 active members, the Great Basin Food Co-Op is planting deep roots in the Reno community.
It's located at 240 Court Street. It's open from 8am to 9pm daily. For more information go to www.greatbasinfood.coop or call 775-324-6133.Written By Wendy Damonte