The Marquette Food Co-op prides itself on offering a one-stop shopping experience for quality, healthy foods with nutritional integrity and an extensive range of vitamins, minerals and natural remedies and supplements. We support U.P. farmers and producers by offering their products throughout all departments. Browse our department pages to find out more.

Skandia Farm Tour
Posted on 07.23.2014 Under Expansion, News From Our Board, Upcoming Events


July 23 2 MFC Press Release PicSkandia Farm Tour
Dancing Crane Farm
Sunday, July 27th  |  1-4 pm

The Marquette Food Co-op is hosting the Ninth Annual Farm Tours, an opportunity to visit local farms, meet the farmers and learn about where and how food is grown in the U.P. The tour is part of the Marquette Food Co-op’s ongoing effort to connect people with their food and educate the public about the importance of buying and supporting local farmers and growers.

The event is organized so that participants are free to visit the farms at their leisure during the designated hours. Dress for the weather—the tours go forward, like farming, rain or shine! Stop by the Marquette Food Co-op at its new location at 502 W. Washington St. to pick up a Farm Tour Guide with driving directions and detailed information, or visit our website at

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Co-op’s landscaping Designed with People and Environment in Mind
Posted on 07.23.2014 Under Expansion, News From Our Board


July 23 MFC Press Release PicThe Marquette Food Co-op’s new location at 502 W. Washington St. is marked by landscaping that puts environmental resource concerns and the importance of human interaction with plants in the spotlight. The landscaping was designed by Bill Sanders of Sanders & Czapski Associates. Sanders said that, “The Co-op community’s understanding of conservation of water resources and low-input growing practices and the organization’s mission influenced what was chosen for planting.”

The landscaping has several features that foreground sustainability. A 4,000 gallon rainwater collection system is used for irrigation, which is set up with sensors that activate the system at night, when water loss through evaporation is at its lowest, and only on days that it has not already rained. “This is the first time that many people have seen this,” Adam Jacobson of A. Jacobson Landscapers said of the rainwater collection unit. “This is good green technology that’s coming to our area that I think is overdue.” Utilizing hardy, drought-resistant plants like Buffalo Grass instead of traditional sod will provide grassy areas that will take foot traffic and require little maintenance. Overall, a preference for native, medicinal, or food plants makes the plantings rich in various kinds of Echinacea, vegetables, and hops. A living wall, the trellis for which is currently in place, will be in full bloom next year with annual vegetables like birdhouse gourds and squash. Vertical gardening is one way to utilize an otherwise dead space and liven up the parking lot.

A partnership with the community organization MQT Growth, which seeks to make more public green spaces into food production spaces open to everyone, means that the Co-op is also growing food plants that highlight what grows well in the UP’s short summers. Miriah Redmond, MQT Growth organizer, and several volunteers came together for a community workday at the beginning of July to plant kale and chard near the sidewalk. “Students from the Alternative High School and Great Lakes Recovery helped to plant the seeds, and our volunteers helped take care of the seedlings and transplant them out. A lot of different demographics came together to make this happen.” Kale, chard, tomatoes, basil, and cabbage are being grown around the building. Visitors can eat at their own risk, as the area is not monitored for contamination, and one should always wash produce before eating it. MQT Growth meets Wednesday nights at 6 pm at the Graveraet Hoop House, and can be contacted for more information at

Overall, the landscaping is part of the Co-op’s attitude toward sustainability and the importance of wise use of natural resources. “Usually, people don’t take much interest in the landscaping. It’s just there. But what’s at the co-op takes center stage,” said Jacobson. It’s another part of the Co-op that’s growing this year!

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MFC Statement about Eden Foods
Posted on 07.11.2014 Under Action Alerts, Educational Materials

In the wake of the Supreme Court’s recent ruling in the Burwell vs Hobby Lobby lawsuit upholding Hobby Lobby’s stance to opt out of an Affordable Care Act requirement to pay for contraceptive coverage within employee health care plans, Eden Foods has joined with dozens of other companies in similar lawsuits against the federal government seeking exemption from the contraceptive coverage requirement because of religious objection.

In light of this, there have been some calls for the Marquette Food Co-op to stop purchasing, or boycott, product from Eden Foods based on the perceived infringement by Eden Foods on women’s rights to access reproductive healthcare. Eden Foods is a Michigan company that uses Michigan grown produce to make certified organic processed and dried foods. They account for about 40 SKUs on our shelves in the grocery department of our store. The products we carry from Eden Foods include canned beans, canned tomatoes, a variety of ethnic foods, and some bulk dried beans.

While some MFC members may personally disagree with Eden Foods stance on this particular issue, it is important to also consider that Eden Foods has been an industry leader in maintaining organic standards and bringing BPA- free packaging to the U.S. market. Their products are of the highest quality.

Our Co-op is owned by and comprised of over 3,700 households of diverse ethnic heritage, race, sexual orientation, politics, religion, and opinion! Plus, four out of ten shoppers are non-members. There are always individuals on either side of any issue inside or outside of our organization. We believe that we can best serve our community by continuing to focus on providing healthy foods without taking an organizational stance on the politics of this particular issue. We do, however, encourage our members and customers to “vote”, on this and other issues that arise, with their dollars by supporting those companies they like and believe in. When, for any reason, products don’t sell, we stop carrying them on our shelves. There are alternative organic products to Eden Foods products that we carry on a regular basis; Westbrae Naturals, Muir Glenn, and Field Day to name a few.

Tolerance is always a difficult path to follow. The Marquette Food Co-op will continue to work to support access to, and education, about healthy food choices, support increased capacity for local agriculture, and run the best community owned grocery store that we can in order to meet the needs of our members and community through sourcing organic, local, fair trade, and wholesome foods.

Please be assured that your Marquette Food Co-op supports women’s health and does comply with all aspects and requirements set by the Affordable Care Act for a company our size. We also offer health benefits beyond ACA requirements.

For more information, here are several links:

Eden Foods



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The Co-op Classroom Nears Completion
Posted on 07.08.2014 Under Expansion, Upcoming Events


July 8 MFC Press Release PicThe new Marquette Food Co-op boasts a wide range of features, but many don’t know about an exciting aspect of the store’s basement- a community classroom! Since the 70s, the Co-op has been spreading the word about how to prepare good food, and now they finally have a space of their own for their classes.

“Marquette Community Schools, through their community education program, has helped us provide cooking classes to the public, and we are so appreciative,” says Sarah Monte, Education Coordinator for the Marquette Food Co-op. “but the new store provided us with an opportunity to also expand our class offerings. We will be able to offer more cooking classes with a wider range of times and topics.” Now, rather than haul boxes of food and equipment to Marquette Senior High School multiple times a month, classes will be right on site at the store. The cooking class schedule changes each year, with topics ranging from Thai and Indian foods to vegan Thanksgiving to cheese making.

The classes run September through May, with a summer session of classes that emphasizes gardening topics at the NMU Hoop House the Co-op manages. In addition to the cooking and gardening classes, the classroom will enable the Co-op to host more speakers, workshops, and movies. The next session of classes is still in the planning stages, but will be ready in August.

In the meantime, the Co-op is still collecting donations of kitchen supplies to be used in the classroom. There have been many wonderful donations from the public, but the classroom has three cooking stations, each of which has to be outfitted with tools and equipment. “It’s rummage sale season!” says Monte, “and for those who love hitting up garage sales, we would certainly appreciate it if they kept the Co-op classroom in mind.”

In the end, the Co-op will buy equipment as it is needed, but would much rather use second-hand items. Doing so not only saves money and is environmentally friendly; it further ties the space into the community. For those interested in donating, you can find a complete list of what is needed at the Co-op’s website, Store tours that include the community classroom will begin in August, those interested can call Chris at 906-225-0671 ext. 724.

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U.P. Raised Meat at the Marquette Food Co-op
Posted on 07.02.2014 Under Uncategorized


July 2 MFC Press Release PicThe Marquette Food Co-op continues to make local products a priority in their new location. The meat and seafood department has rearranged its service case to make room for more local meat. Half of the service case is now stocked with locally raised beef, pork, lamb, and even yak! Each product is clearly marked with the name of the farm it came from, which gives customers still more access to information about where their food comes from, and the ability to find out more about the farm and their practices. “We want to make it easier to find your favorite local products,” says department manager Clayton Lesatz.

The upright cases also contain some local meat, and signage that will emphasize these items is in development. And while not currently available fresh, customers can also find local frozen whitefish and trout courtesy of Thill’s Fish House in the meat department’s frozen section.

Currently, five vendors from the U.P. are supplying meat to the Co-op, but that number can certainly grow. “We are waiting on paperwork from the state that will allow us to sell goat meat from a local vendor. Hopefully that will be ready soon,” says Lesatz.

The Co-op would still love to work with vendors who can supply chicken, turkey, pork, and bison. If you have a product that would be a good fit for the Co-op’s meat and seafood department, visit the website at for a local vendor application.

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Beer & Wine are back at the Marquette Food Co-op
Posted on 06.24.2014 Under Expansion, New & Featured Products


June 24 MFC Press ReleaseThose that have visited the Co-op since its May 22 opening may have noticed the expanse of empty coolers near the meat and cheese counters. It turns out that transferring a liquor license takes quite a while, and the Co-op was unable to stock any beer or wine until the transfer was approved by the state. Now, after what seemed like a long wait, the Marquette Food Co-op’s beer and wine selection is back and better than ever.

With two times the wine and three times the beer that was carried in the old store, there is sure to be something for everyone. Clare Sauer, Beer and Wine buyer for the Co-op, is most excited about the diversity of products. “There are just more options,” she says, “including more German, British and Belgian beers. There are also some interesting new hard ciders, which are a good gluten-free option.”

In addition to the increased product, the Co-op is now able to carry some 12 packs and variety packs. And, as always, there is the popular make your own six pack option. Empty 6 pack boxes are available so customers are able to mix and match from nearly every variety of beer the Co-op carries. “It’s a good way to sample a new beer without committing to a full six pack,” says Sauer.

The Marquette Food Co-op’s beer and wine is available for sale during all open hours, 8am-9pm, daily.

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Board Minutes from May
Posted on 06.19.2014 Under News From Our Board

Click here for the Board of Directors’ May minutes. Everyone is welcome to attend board meetings, held the third Tuesday of each month at 6pm in the Co-op Conference Room.

June Board of Directors Meeting Agenda Draft
Posted on 06.17.2014 Under News From Our Board, Upcoming Events

Click here to view the draft agenda for the June Board meeting. Everyone is welcome to attend board meetings, held the third Tuesday of each month at 6pm in the Co-op Classroom.


New Marquette Food Co-op Means More Community Benefits
Posted on 06.13.2014 Under Expansion, News From Our Board


IMG_3545The Marquette Food Co-op has been serving a growing community of local, natural, and organic food enthusiasts for over thirty years. Cooperative businesses are unique because they’re owned by the consumers they serve, guided by a set of seven principles that reflect the needs of those served by the co-op. The Cooperative Principles include voluntary and open membership, democratic member control, members’ economic participation, autonomy and independence, education, training, and information, and cooperation among cooperatives. Concern for community is the final cooperative principle, which puts emphasis on how the larger community can benefit from the existence of the Co-op. Everyone is welcome at the Marquette Food Co-op—no membership required.

The store’s new location at 502 W. Washington St. in Marquette has several features that take into account the community’s needs for increased food security, safety, and an enjoyable shopping experience.

U.P. Food Exchange (UPFE): MFC is home to UPFE’s Central U.P. Food Hub, which will supply the Central U.P. with food from local farms. Our new store features temperature-controlled dry storage and refrigeration in the basement for the hub. This means increased food security and a way to help local farms expand by offering storage for a greater number of crops. Learn more at

Universal Design: Universal Design has been part of the new building plans from the beginning, which means that the Co-op has attempted to design all products and the built environment to be aesthetically pleasing and usable to the greatest extent possible by everyone, regardless of their age, ability, or status in life.

Accessibility: The new store provides ground level accessibility from the parking lot to the front door. Our aisles are wider to accommodate wheelchairs and motorized carts. And we installed an elevator so everyone can participate in activities hosted in our community room/teaching kitchen located in the basement.

Bike Accommodations: Racks and a repair station with tools will soon be available for bikers.

Safer Parking: Having a larger, dedicated parking lot makes parking at the store safer.

Café with WI-FI: There is now have a café where shoppers can enjoy items from our Co-op Kitchen while accessing free WI-FI.

Bathrooms: There are two sets of bathrooms (one upstairs and one downstairs) available to the public. No longer will shoppers need to weave their way through the back room to use the facilities.

Lighting: The lighting at the MFC has been designed by CLD Design,, the same design firm that designed the lighting at the NASA Space Museum in Florida. The entrance atrium is outfitted with skylights that flood daylight onto our cash lanes. The majority of light fixtures are LED saving significant energy costs. The store has attractive fixtures that cast pleasing light making for a more comfortable shopping experience.  In addition to general lighting in the aisles, there is accent lighting designed to highlight products on the shelves.

Come and check out the new facility! If you are interested in a tour for yourself or a school or community group, please contact Abbey at 906-225-0671 x725 to schedule.

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