“We are a welcoming, vibrant community of Owners guided by our belief in the importance of healthful, honest food options. Through cooperative principles we support our economy by sourcing locally, and by providing education on food, environmental and social issues.”
BRINGING LOCAL, ORGANIC, & NATURAL FOOD TO THE COMMUNITY FOR 46 YEARS
The Blue Hill Co-op is a cooperatively-owned grocery store that specializes in selling local & organic foods. The Co-op employs 40+ full & part-time staff members and has over 2,000 Owners.
We have a Café that makes daily soups, sandwiches, salads, baked goods, lunch specials, and ready-made dinners. There is also a full Hot and Salad Bar, as well as made to order breakfast, paninis, and smoothies. Almost all our prepared foods are made in house using the same organic and local products we promote and sell. We also sell baked goods from local businesses, like bagels from Water’s Edge Kitchen & Bakery and pastries from Tinder Hearth. Many people with restricted diets depend upon us for a variety of food choices.
We are also the best source on the peninsula for organic and natural vitamins and wellness products.
The Blue Hill Co-op prides itself in supporting local & organic food systems. In 2016, we purchased over $766,000 worth of items from Maine producers, resulting in over $1 million in sales of Maine product. This was before moved to our larger location.
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The Co-op is open 7 days a week. Everyone is welcome to shop at the Co-op and, over the years, we have become a community food hub for the entire Blue Hill Peninsula where people gather daily. Our customers include locals, seasonal residents, and visitors.
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Our consumer food cooperative began as a buying club in the Winter of 1974 out of the desire of a handful of people to bring more fresh produce, cheeses and whole foods to the Blue Hill Peninsula. The buying club expanded their offerings to include bulk grains and, within the first year, membership reached 100. In 1979, the Blue Hill Co-op was incorporated and, after many iterations, moved in 2019 to its current location at 70 South Street Blue Hill.
In 2014, after several years of planning and discussion, the Co-op purchased an undeveloped 5.5-acre site on South Street in Blue Hill with a goal of building a new and expanded Co-op store. A fundraising capital campaign was launched in August of 2016 and Blue Hill Co-op has raised over half the goal in Preferred Share investments and donations. In an effort to foster the growth of a vibrant local economy, promote healthy eating choices, and continue our efforts toward a more sustainable food system, the new Co-op building promises ample space for customers to comfortably shop among an expanded selection of local and organic products.
Co-op Owners are required to pay $200 in equity; either paid in full or $20 annually for 10 years. Co-op Owner benefits include: 10% off during monthly Full-Moon sales, special pricing on case quantities & pre-orders, and other in store Bonus Buys. Ownership also includes a vote in Co-op elections and a chance to run for election to the Board of Directors, the opportunity to earn patronage dividends, and the satisfaction of being a part of a community-owned effort. In 2016, sales at the Blue Hill Co-op were just shy of $3 million, over 76% of which were sales to Co-op Owners.
Many of our Owners are active participants in our daily operations by serving on the Board of Directors, serving on committees, and by volunteering in the store as a Working-Owner a few hours per month.