Our Mission

 

Below you will find the goals, purposes, and values which guided ELFCO through its four decade-long journey. Should the co-op move forward in another form, they will guide us in the future as well. Also see the ELFCO Mission and Ends Statement.

  • ELFCO exists so that our community is healthy, diverse, and thriving. Our mission is to help maintain the area's economy by buying local produce and other products, and to support environmental sustainability and social justice. Your shopping dollars directly support a local, community-owned venture and, in turn, numerous other local businesses whose products we offer. Remember, everyone is welcome to shop at the co-op!
  • ELFCO offers a wide variety of natural and organic products for everyone. Our natural food grocery offers organic produce, milk and meats. We have a wide selection of frozen food, bulk items, coffees and teas, spices, wholesome packaged and convenience foods, and more. Our health and body care department offers vitamins, herbs, and other supplements. We also carry many hard-to-find items for special dietary needs.
  • ELFCO is hyper-local, prioritizing local products and services that fit our members’ vision and values. And unlike some stores that claim to support "local" producers, local farmers and artisans ship direct to our store, instead of to a distribution center. As well, our co-op's Board of Directors, management team, and staff are your next door neighbors!

ELFCO always aims to be:

  1. Environmentally Responsible: ELFCO supports sustainably produced goods that are healthier for you, our community and the environment. The co-op also has a recycling and composting program (for all of our food waste), solar panels (see here), energy-saving coolers, re-usable bulk container shopping, and more.
  2. A Fair Trade Partner: ELFCO aims to pay its farmers and other vendors fairly. The co-op believes in fair trade goods and supports community issues that promote fairness and peace to all.
  3. Engaged with Our Community: The co-op builds healthy relationships in the community, promotes nutrition through education, and contributes to a vibrant economy through support of local businesses, charities, and organizations.
  4. Affordable:  Co-op deals, buying via the bulk department or special ordering helps  defray   cost.  The store works towards having its owner equity and costs at a reasonable  price.  There are many ways to reduce the costs you pay for our high-quality products.
  5. An Alternative to Corporate Chains: ELFCO is an alternative to big box corporations.
  6. Honest: ELFCO works to be transparent about business practices, growing practices,  organic and non-GMO certification and business decisions affecting their owners and  customers.
  7. Democratic: The co-op tries its best to foster participation and empower individual  owners to participate in the greater co-op movement and the direction of the store.
  8. Authentic: ELFCO offers participation, healthy goods and customer service. Other  companies have jumped on the healthy/sustainable/customer-oriented bandwagon just  because it’s trendy, where ELFCO has offered these practices for decades.
  9. Accessible: Everyone is welcome at ELFCO. The store works to keep owner share prices  and product prices accessible to everyone. The sales in the store are a big draw.

 ELFCO aims to transform society by:

  • Providing affordable healthy foods
  • Supporting local producers
  • Gathering community
  • Educating eaters
  • Practicing sustainability
  • Supporting cooperative principles