For quite awhile the lasting presence of a quality food retailer in downtown Spokane has been seriously absent and noticed by pretty much everyone. By this October, however, that gap should be filled. The Main Market Cooperative recently issued a press release outlining their plans to open Spokane's only natural foods cooperative at 17 West Main in downtown Spokane by the end of October.
The Co-op aims to fulfill three core needs in our community:
- Access to fresh, healthy food for the residents and visitors of downtown Spokane
- A retail partner, who will buy local in smaller quantities from area producers
- Reliable and approachable information for consumers regarding the foods and goods they purchase
Of course the co-op will be located in the progressive and entrepreneurial cluster of businesses on West Main to the east of the Community Building, the Magic Lantern Theater and Isabella's. Best of all they'll be providing ongoing education with monthly programs both in the store and in the field.
On May 31st their first "In the Field" tour is taking place from 10AM-3PM. The bus will be headed out to the fourth-generation Lazy R Ranch in Cheney, WA to see the operation in action, meet the owners, have lunch, and talk food. It's a great opportunity to experience firsthand an operation that has been managed holistically since 1996.