Our research found that it typically takes three to four years to start a successful co-op. In the past three years, we have incorporated, formed an interim board, passed bylaws, defined our mission, examined the feasibility study, launched our membership campaign, elected a Board of Directors, launched an Online Farmers Market and hired two part-time employees. The next steps include:
- Grow membership!
- Continue to work with local farmers and producers to secure access to local products for our Online Market
- Exploring potential sites for the store
Though we cannot predict just how long this will take, we hope to open for business no later than 2016. The timing will depend in part on how quickly we grow our membership. Please reference this timeline as a general guide to the relationship between membership and when the store will open.