The All Things Local Cooperative seeks to improve food security, enhance local employment, advance community and regional economic well-being, and promote sustainable living by offering a marketplace for locally produced goods in the Pioneer Valley.
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Engage your imagination for a minute. Imagine a vital local market in our valley, a place where people invest and support and love helping to nurture locally owned farms and small businesses. A place where the soil is shepherded for the benefit of generations to come; where seeds of inspiration are planted for developing a thriving economy through locally owned small businesses. Imagine a collaborative community of residents and visitors where people work together to create a resilient local economy and a vibrant cultural vision. Imagine a coop marketplace that offers lots of locally grown and locally made products, owned by producers and consumers.
Imagine a place where everything has local roots (from pears to pickles, sweaters to soap), where you could shop at a convenient year-round location featuring many producers and pay at a register operated by someone you know, or will get to know — a new “All Things Local” store in Amherst. Imagine being part of this vision.
Our core idea being developed is the creation of a diversified, resilient, local owned community market, by employing a cooperative model with lower costs and shared-risk. The store’s design makes it:
Easy for buyers to buy:
- Convenient location and hours
- Year-round and indoors
- Ability to pick-and-choose among many local producers
- Single checkout, with all the usual payment options
Easy for producers to sell:
- Producers set their own price
- Most of the selling price goes back to the producer where it belongs (no brokers or middle-men)
- Fast drop off
- Don’t have to be onsite (lower staffing costs)
- Online pre-sale bulk orders