Medford Food Co-op exists to sustain a vibrant, healthy community and a thriving local, organic food economy. Featuring organic produce from local farmers whenever possible and a variety of local and regional products from bulk goods to dairy and meat to beer and wine. Discover affordable organic and natural products in our Co+op Basics program, as well as weekly Fresh Deals specials and bimonthly Co+op Deals for even greater savings. When you’re on the go, nourish your family with real food at the Café at Medford Food Co-op. Offering healthy, organic options for busy schedules and fresh, delicious, wholesome meals including housemade hot soups, custom sandwiches, creative salads, and enticing entrees. Our friendly, knowledgeable staff are here daily from 7am to 9pm and are happy to assist with your food and health-related questions.
As a cooperative, we take a multifaceted approach when it comes to creating a stronger, healthier more diverse food system. We collaborate with others in our local and regional food systems through participation in the Rogue Valley Food System Network and the Oregon Community Food Systems Network. Co-op staff are encouraged to constantly seek and build relationships with new and existing farmers and local food producers. In addition to direct support for local and regional food producers, MFC gives back to the community through a robust community outreach program. The Co-op contributes small in-kind donations to local organizations, larger financial contributions to non-profits via our Positive Change program, promotes health and nutrition with cooking demonstrations, and diverts food waste from the landfill through composting and donations of healthy, nutritious food to the Medford Gospel Mission’s The Main Ingredient Restaurant, who provides wholesome meals seven days a week at no charge.
Medford Food Co-op was incorporated in 2006. Thanks to the perseverance of leaders within the local cooperative community, the second effort to open a store was a success. By August of 2010, the goal of raising half a million dollars was surpassed through co-op member-generated loans. In August 2011, Medford’s only community-owned grocery store dedicated to organic and natural products opened its doors.
In 2014, the Co-op started producing prepared foods in-house. These grab-and-go sandwich and salad options were well received by shoppers, who continued to ask for more variety. Seeing the opportunity for growth, the Board began exploring options to expand the prepared foods department the following year. In 2016, the Board completed plans for a café to be constructed in the existing annex building on the property. The Co-op completed this expansion project in November 2017, opening the Café – now offering a variety of fresh, delicious, wholesome meals to the community.
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To cooperatively nurture a healthy community.
Our Ends Statement
Medford Food Co-op exists to sustain a vibrant, healthy community and a thriving local, organic food economy. As a sustainable and growing business, Medford Food Co-op provides economic, environmental, and social benefits for the Rogue Valley. Our community understands and embraces: the health and economic benefits of choosing local, organic food; providing all residents access to healthy food; and the cooperative business model.
Our 10 Year Vision
Our ten year vision positions Medford Food Co-op as a community leader in the local food system, cooperative enterprise, nutrition and health education, and employment. We envision continued support and growth of local farms and food producers, an expanded local food distribution system to make local, organic food readily available to all residents of the Rogue Valley, and a strong community donation/grant program to encourage and promote businesses and organizations with compatible goals and ends.