Address: 82 S. Winooski Ave., Burlington VT 05401 / (802) 861-9700
About Us / City Market/Onion River Co-op History: The Onion River Co-op began as a buying club in 1971. Members met twice amonth to divide up orders in their own homes. In 1972, the organizationbriefly occupied the “wedge” building on the corner of North Street andNorth Winooski Ave. The building served as offices for the organization andwas also a community space… within the year however; the Co-op was forcedto move. It was not until 1973 that the Co-op was incorporated, and movedto what would become the first storefront at 77 Archibald Street. Throughthe 70's and early 80's the membership and sales steadily increased. By1990, the Archibald storefront was busting at the seams, and the Co-opfound a new home at 274 North Winooski Ave. Members showed support for themove by actually forming a human chain to move the lighter goods from onestore to the other. By 1995, the Co-op voted to change the infrastructureof the organization, and go from a collective staff management to amanagement system with a general manager appointed by the board ofdirectors. By 1999, the annual sales had reached 4 million dollars, and theCo-op again faced the decision to move. This time, the Co-op struckagreement with the city of Burlington to become the downtown grocery store.While still stocking organic unprocessed foods for the membership, theorganization expanded to include more conventional groceries, to meet theneeds of the general downtown community. By February 2002, City Market, thestorefront operation owned by Onion River Co-op opened on South WinooskiAvenue as a way to manifest its commitment to serving the community. TheBoard of Directors in January 2007 issued a new End Policy, clarifying themission of the Co-op. The Onion River Co-op will be central to a thrivingand healthy community, where: â?¢ Consumers have local access toprogressive social, environmental and healthful choices; â?¢ Residentsenjoy an enhanced quality of life; â?¢ The local food system isstrengthened; â?¢ The cooperative model is supported; and our ownershave a sense of pride in their cooperative. The Co-op works to support itsGlobal Ends by implementing a variety of community outreach projects. Ourgoal is to provide low-income consumers with access to progressive, social,and healthful choices through education and outreach and to specificallyreduce childhood poverty in Burlington. Here are a few examples of theimpact that City Market has on the Vermont economy and on the community asa whole. o City Market purchased a salad bar (a $5000 investment) for H.O.Wheeler School to facilitate bringing more healthy local foods toelementary school children. o Annually, we donate $10,000 and thousands ofproducts to the Chittenden Emergency Food Shelf. o Since June 2005,weâ??ve helped our customers donate $75,236 to the Food Shelf throughregister coupons. o Our on-staff Food Education Coordinator teaches healthyeating habits with locally-grown food to parents and children in Burlingtonschools. o Last year we distributed at no charge over 1,400 lunches tosenior citizens throughout the Burlington area through our Senior Lunchprogram. o Last year, senior citizens saved $54,166 through our SeniorDiscount Program and disabled shoppers saved $33,403. o In the last threeyears, City Market has raised over $22,000 for COTS through our annualHoliday Tree Sale. o Each month, City Market offers health and nutritionclasses free of charge. o City Market is committed to building asustainable economy in Vermont and to strengthen the local food system: o73% of the vendors we do business with are located in Vermont o 65 cents ofevery dollar in sales stays in Vermont. o We also offer store tours (freeof charge) that highlight local products. The Co-op has over 2,500 memberswho enjoy many benefits including Member Worker discounts, displayingartwork in our Member Artist Cafe Gallery, attending bi-annual MemberMeetings, and saving money at over 60 Community Business Partners. TheCo-op recently launched the new Food for All Program, a 10% discountprogram (excluding wine and beer) for members who receive food stamps;women, infants & children (WIC), or disability assistance.