About the Co-op

How is the Skagit Valley Food Co-op different from every other grocery store in Skagit County, you ask? We are a not-for-profit business owned by over 13,000 members! Cool!

First things first, we’re a cooperatively owned retail store. What’s a co-op, you ask? A co-op is a business, usually incorporated, that sells goods & services. In a cooperative, owner-members democratically control the direction of the business. Each owner-member has one share. Each share is equal to one vote. Owner-members elect a board of directors to monitor the business, set goals, and hire management.

The Skagit Valley Food Co-op has served Skagit County and surrounding areas since 1973. We are dedicated to bringing natural, wholesome, organic, and local foods to our community at fair prices. We sell food free from harmful ingredients and many items produced in our own valley. Our Co-op’s Produce Department was the first in our county to be Certified Organic.

Every day, our Produce Department is at least 98% organic. 98 percent! We feature more local produce than any other grocery store in the County, from farmers who we have done business with for decades. We love being in the heart of Washington’s agricultural corridor, and are grateful that the community has selected us as their natural foods store for over 40 years.

Every product in our store must meet our product guidelines before going on the shelf. Our mission statement guides us as we serve owner-members and the community, and as we support both a cooperative economy and sustainable agriculture.

Mission Statement:

Skagit Valley Food Co-op is a not-for-profit organization whose purpose is to provide good food at a low price.

As stated in the Co-op bylaws:

“The Co-op shall promote member welfare by utilizing their united effort for the purchase and distribution of commodities in accordance with the following criteria…”

  • Maintain the not-for-profit status of the Co-op
  • Offer high quality products that contribute to good nutrition
  • Support a low-impact, non-harmful approach to the environment
  • Support local suppliers and producers
  • A commitment to building a cooperative economy and supporting others who share that commitment
  • A commitment to educational programs relevant to members and non-members in the community