New ways to get your food: food co-ops on the rise in Philadelphia

    Shoppers in Philadelphia are finding there are more ways to purchase their food other than the supermarket. reports the number of food co-ops in the city are on the rise, with a new building in West Philadelphia set to open at the beginning of next year.

    According to, the $2.6 million structure features a demonstration kitchen on the roof and even cisterns for harvesting rainwater in the basement.  Although some of the features in the city’s latest co-op are new, the idea of food co-ops in the city is becoming more familiar.

    Plans are in the works for four additional ones in other areas in and out of the city, according to the report.

    • WHYY thanks our sponsors — become a WHYY sponsor says the numbers may be rising because of the interest in eating food that is locally grown.  The report sites 300 co-ops in the different stages of starting nationally, with 325 already in existence.

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