By Kira Kraiman
In February, our thoughts turn to matters of the heart. At the Co-op, we will be talking a lot about foods that are healthy for your cardiovascular system. But there are many other heartwarming reasons to shop at the Co-op. The store is a beautiful space that smells delicious. It’s a place where you are sure to run into friends, new and old, who share the desire to eat healthy and have appositive impact on the community and the environment. Shopping at the Co-op is less stressful than shopping at the grocery store because anything you choose is healthy. And less stress is definitely good for the heart.
1. When you walk through the doors of the store, you are greeted by a beautifully designed space with bright colors, a rustic, barn-like feel and a mysteriously wonderful smell. The space was meant to inspire people to think of our local farmers and feel good about supporting them. The smell, we think, is a combination of organic health and beauty products, herbs and spices, fresh produce and love. The sensory experience you get while in the store makes you want to linger, browse and buy things that are healthy for you.
2. Another fun part of the Co-op is that it is a gathering place for people who care about their health, their community and the environment. Although it is a small space, there is seating at the front window, for people to stop , chat and maybe have a cup of our fair trade coffee. Even if you don’t have time to sit, you are sure to run into someone else who is cooking something interesting for dinner or who has something interesting to say about any number of topics. And our Team Members are a super friendly bunch who can help you find the right ingredients for your meal, or tell you about an unusual vegetable that we are selling. You will also run into like-minded Co-op people at any of the community events that we run, like our Film Series, our book club, our PuckLive music event or our First Fun Fridays. (Check the website at Doylestown.coop for details about these events)
3. An exciting part is that shopping at the Co-op makes a positive impact on our community and the environment. Local food generally requires much less fossil fuel to get from the farm to your table. Sustainably raised meats produce much less “pollution” then confined animal farming products. Organic/locally grown produce means fewer pesticides and other chemicals on your food. And keeping your food dollars in the community means more couples can make a living farming, preserving the beautiful open spaces of our area and making it a great community for all age groups. That really warms the heart!
4. Finally, shopping at the Co-op is akin to shopping at the perimeter of your local grocery store. Most of the healthy stuff in a grocery store lies around the perimeter (produce, meats, dairy products etc). At the Co-op, everything is “the perimeter”. Making choices about what to buy becomes much less overwhelming because it’s a smaller space, packed with healthy goods. Being less overwhelmed makes life a lot less stressful, which we know is a key to good health. Everything you buy here is a good choice, even our delicious chocolates. After all, Valentine’s Day is coming and everyone needs a little chocolate!