For nearly two decades my family has grown much of its own food. If we can’t produce it ourselves, sometimes we purchase through a cooperative buying club and place an order online each month. A semi-truck deftly maneuvers the backroads and delivers the items to our club site where a handful of co-op members unload, sort, and weigh groceries and organic produce. We buy in bulk and save money. It’s like a slick combination of Sam’s Club and a natural foods co-op.
But one aspect has been conspicuously absent: most items, especially the produce, are not locally sourced. Enter the next generation of online cooperative buying clubs: Wholeshare. » Continue Reading.