Co-op Ownership

Anyone can become an owner at the St. Peter Food Co-op. As an owner, you contribute to a vital part of the local economy and support community outreach programs, sustainable and organic practices, and economic democracy. We offer student memberships as well (outlined below). Click to read the St. Peter Food Co-op Articles of Incorporation & Bylaws (pdf).

To become a Co-op owner, speak with any cashier or team member or visit our customer service counter. Ownership requires a $200, one-time stock purchase. There are two ways to pay:

PAYMENT PLAN

Due Now: $55

6 Quarterly Payments: $25/ea

(End cost: $11.11/month)

ALL AT ONCE

$200 due

Benefits of Ownership

Anyone can shop at the St. Peter Food Co-op, but by becoming an owner you are entitled to:

  • Owner discounts and sales (look for the orange-topped “Owner Special” signs).

  • Quarterly Owner Appreciation Days where Co-op owners receive a one time discount. Choose your discount & the day you shop (excluding dairy and sale items). Spend $100, get 10% off; Spend $100-$150, get 15% off; Spend over $150, get 20% off.

  • 10% discount on special orders.

  • Patronage refunds, when available and if declared by the Board of Directors. This is how Co-ops send profits back to their owners.

  • A vote! You are eligible to participate in Co-op governance by electing or serving on the Board of Directors and voting on all major issues.

  • Check cashing privileges for up to $25.00 over the amount of purchase.
  • Discounts at other participating Twin Cities food co-ops, including Eastside Food Co-op, Lakewinds Natural Foods, Linden Hills Co-op, Mississippi Market,  Seward Co-op Grocery & Deli, Valley Natural Foods, Wedge Community Co-op,  plus River Market Community Co-op in Stillwater, MN, City Center Market in Cambridge, MN, and Just Food Co-op in Northfield, MN.

  • Yearly coupon book from the National Co-op Grocers.

  • Weekly emails highlighting sales, upcoming events, and more.

Student Ownership

Students can become Co-op owners for a discounted rate of $25/year. Student owners must hold a valid college ID and must show their ownership card and picture ID at each transaction. Student ownerships cannot be shared.

BENEFITS OF STUDENT OWNERSHIP

  • Owner discounts and sales (look for the orange-topped “Owner Special” signs).

  • Quarterly Owner Appreciation Days where Co-op owners receive a one time discount. Choose your discount & the day you shop (excluding dairy and sale items). Spend $100, get 10% off; Spend $100-$150, get 15% off; Spend over $150, get 20% off.

  • 10% discount on special orders.

  • Discounts at other participating Twin Cities food co-ops, including Eastside Food Co-op, Lakewinds Natural Foods, Linden Hills Co-op, Mississippi Market,  Seward Co-op Grocery & Deli, Valley Natural Foods, Wedge Community Co-op,  plus River Market Community Co-op in Stillwater, MN, City Center Market in Cambridge, MN, and Just Food Co-op in Northfield, MN.

  • Yearly coupon book from National Co-op Grocers.

  • Weekly emails highlighting sales, upcoming events, and more.

  • Check cashing privileges for up to $25.00 over the amount of purchase.

A wide selection of allergy-friendly foods

a photo of Stephanie Miller
Our grandson has severe food allergies to dairy, eggs, peanuts, soy, wheat and corn. We love that the St. Peter Food Co-op has so many foods that are allergy-friendly. From high-quality produce and top-8 free snacks to egg replacer and dairy-free cheeses their selection and prices can’t be beat!
Stephanie Miller

It’s rewarding to be a part of a place that supports local vendors

Each week I look forward to receiving the email showing what the fresh deals and owner specials will be so that I can plan our meals accordingly. As an owner, not only do I appreciate the weekly specials, it’s also rewarding to be a part of a place that supports local vendors, values giving back to the community, and provides educational opportunities.

Marisa Isenberg

I am spending my money in a way that supports other locally owned businesses

For me, as an owner, it’s the overall experience… knowing I am spending my money in a way that supports other locally owned businesses, knowing that I am putting the best possible food on my family’s table, and knowing I am part of a population of like-minded people.

Nancy Goodwin

Fills my heart, soul and tummy

I have a deep love for our local Co-op as an owner because of the way my experiences there fill up my heart, soul & tummy. You know that the products chosen have been carefully considered for their sustainability and overall goodness for body, family, and planet.

Erica Idso

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