Ypsilanti Food Cooperative

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312 N. River St.
Ypsilanti, MI 48198
734.483.1520

www.ypsifoodcoop.org


Organization Overview

The Ypsilanti Food Co-op and River Street Bakery is a community-owned grocery and bakery in Depot Town. Our priority is to provide high quality foods and goods, produced ecologically and sustainably while practicing cooperative economics. We have a full line of groceries, most local and/or Organic, and range from produce, flour, beans, honey anddried fruits, to salsas, tortillas, beers, wines, and cheese. Organic Fair Trade coffee is available from our bulk bins or hot in a cup. Our bakery produces Artisan breads which are sourdough, organic and baked in a wood-fired brick oven. We also bake pies, cakes, cookies, muffins, cupcakes and brownies. Daily choices of hot soup and chili are available along with a variety of sandwiches, salads, side dishes and dips. We are open daily from 9am to 9 pm.


Sustainable Business Practices

Since 1975, the Ypsilanti Food Co-op has offered a wide range of organically grown and high quality foods with minimal processing and additives. The Co-op fosters sound ecological practices by allowing customers to pick up compost for home compost piles and by encouraging customers to bring their own bags and containers for bulk items. In addition to recycling paper, containers, packaging material, wood debris, yard waste, and computers, the Ypsilanti Food Co-op reuses boxes, paper, and envelopes and saves paper by printing double sided. The Co-op purchases recycled content paper products and replaces incandescent light bulbs with compact fluorescent bulbs to conserve energy. To further their energy conservation, they have installed several solar panels on the roof of the building. New employees are introduced to the Co-ops waste reduction practices and are reminded to continue them during their employment. Recently, needing new shelving, the Co-op teamed with a local craftsman to use wood from ash trees that were destroyed by the Emerald Ash Borer. Ash wood that is not given new life in a form such as shelving otherwise ends up in a landfill or burned for electricity. The Co-op was awarded an Honorable Mention in 2008 Environmental Excellence by the Washtenaw County Board of Commissioners.

 


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