The Tauranga Community Co-op is a not-for-profit group of like-minded people who buy produce in bulk and divide it among ourselves. We love wrestling the power back from large retail chains and supermarkets! Our members are passionate about feeding their families good wholesome food and we try to reduce waste where we can!
We decided that we really wanted to be able to access organic produce and groceries without being reliant on retail shops. The only way this was achievable was by starting the Tauranga Community Co-op. Our aim is to make organic and locally sourced food and other products available at prices that are often cheaper or similarly priced than supermarket produce. If you’ve ever tried organic produce you’ll know that it is infinitely better than supermarket fare.
We also try to support our members by allowing and encouraging them to supply us with produce from their backyards. We have members selling everything from lemons, limes, mandarins, eggs, plums, persimmon avocado, feijoas, grapes, blueberries, herbs & greens etc.
All orders are packed at the co-op depot by volunteer members on Saturday mornings.
Being in a co-op requires flexibility and a giving attitude. It’s not a retail store, you won’t always get what you thought you were going to, and sometimes you’ll get a little more than you thought you were going to!
We try to have regular social events, where we do interesting things together like visiting local suppliers, attending workshops together, etc. We’re a great bunch, of caring people with community in our hearts.