“Created by Swarthmore residents nearly 75 years ago, the Swarthmore Co-op is the third oldest food cooperative in the nation and is owned by more than 1,100 members. Anyone can shop at the Co-op, members and nonmembers alike and, beyond being a grocery store, the Swarthmore Co-op is a community-minded outreach center. The Co-op encourages and promotes local products, partnerships and sustainable living, and offers multiple events per month to educate, promote, and reinforce the value of sustainability to the community.
The Swarthmore Co-op is known for providing local foods and products made the sustainable way. We feature Meyer Beef in our fresh case, a grass-fed product that meets every animal welfare standard. We have recently formed a partnership with Philly CowShare and carry their local, solely grass-fed product. We buy one pig each week from Sweet Stem Farm, a local farm, and feature it in our fresh case. Additionally, we recently partnered with Two Gander Farm to have beehives on our roof, and have partners that compost 75-percent of our gross weight trash, carry a refillable laundry detergent, and hold classes on sustainability.
Our produce section was voted the best in local produce from Main Line Today and the Co-op utilizes local, small purveyors including organic dairy featuring Toy Cow yogurt and milk, local cheeses from Birchrun Farm and Calkins Creamery, local ice creams and natural ice pops from Mompops, local ketchup from Jersey Catsup, Big Sky Breads from Delaware, and local One Village and Equal Exchange Coffees.
Beyond being a grocery store, the Swarthmore Co-op is also a community-minded outreach center, enriching the community with local, organic foods. The Swarthmore Co-op partners with local farms and foodies to educate on matters relating to farming, the local economy, and the environmental impacts of food today. Being a vital partner in the town center, we believe in valuing our partner/employees, empowering them to be good stewards of our Co-op and its resources, and striving to provide them with a living wage and benefits.”