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Members of the Iowa Valley Food Coop order products online and pick up goods once a month at their distribution center at Matthew 25 Ministry Hub in Cedar Rapids.

Members of the Iowa Valley Food Coop order products online and pick up goods once a month at their distribution center at Matthew 25 Ministry Hub in Cedar Rapids.

The Iowa Valley Food Co-op is a direct-to-consumer cooperative of producer and consumer members in the Cedar Rapids/Iowa City area. IVFC is a web-based cooperative where consumers can order products directly from area farmers and other local businesses. IVFC acts as a facilitator, providing a marketplace for all types of local producers, processing orders and payments, and facilitating delivery to consumer members.

After two years of planning, we opened successfully in August of 2011, and have been growing rapidly ever since. Consumer members can select from hundreds of items listed by our producers every month. From seasonal vegetables (including kale, chard, lettuce, arugula, squash, potatoes, pumpkins, onions, shallots, garlic, radishes, and more) to berries, apples, eggs, beef, pork, lamb, chicken, chevron, baked goods of every kind, homemade soaps, rugs, baby clothes, frozen custard and more; the bounty of Eastern Iowa is truly amazing!

Currently, the co-op operates once a month from a distribution site in central Cedar Rapids, Matthew 25 Ministry Hub 225 K Ave. NW Suite G Cedar Rapids, IA 52405. We open the online shopping basket on the first of the month and distribute food on the third Wednesday.

To shop the co-op, or sell through the co-op, you must first become a member. Producers pay a one-time refundable member share of $75. Consumers pay a one-time refundable member share of $25. All members pay an annual $10 fee to help defray administrative costs. We also charge transaction fees on each order that amount to 10% for producers and 10% for consumers.

Our mission is to increase the resiliency of the local food system in Eastern Iowa by developing the market, increasing the sale, and building the infrastructure for fresh, fairly-priced, sustainably produced food in our local region. We want to partner with consumers, producers, and businesses that share similar goals. If you share these goals please consider joining or partnering with us or come and volunteer on one of our distribution days. If you want to want to volunteer or have any questions email or call Distribution Coordinator and Founder Jason Grimm at 319.622.3264 or jason@iowavalleyfood.com.

Comment on this post

bellota 04/12/2013 15:56

What is the difference between eating a guinea pig and eating a big mac?
I ask because the TV presenter Phillip Schofield has been bombarded on twitter with angry fans complaining that he had eaten a "pet", Schofield had been in another country where it's normal to eat a guinea pig.

Anyway, a lot of people who complain about him eating a "pet" eat big macs, why do they think it's OK to eat burgers but not guinea pigs?