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Cooperate with Your Co-op

Like all things, the Willy Street Co-op started out small and simple. You can follow our growth from the beginning to present day and get to know us better as you read our Co-op History.

Of course none of this history could have happened if it hadn't been for the Seven Cooperative Principles and all of the ground work that had been created, thanks to the accomplishments of the Cooperative Movement.

Our Mission

The Williamson Street Grocery Co-op is an economically and environmentally sustainable, cooperatively owned grocery business that serves the needs of its Owners and employees. We are a cornerstone of a vibrant community in south-central Wisconsin that provides fairly priced goods and services while supporting local and organic suppliers.

Revised by the Board of Directors at the 3/17/2009 Board meeting

Food and Product Selection Philosophy

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As a neighborhood based, full service grocer, we are committed to:

  • Preferring to source local, organic, natural, sustainable, humane, and fairly traded products which represent our Owners’ diverse values and contribute to healthy, just, tolerant and viable communities.

  • Providing fairly priced products to support accessibility for all in our community.

  • Fostering supportive and transparent relationships with small, local, or cooperatively-operated farms and businesses that share our commitment to operate in ethical and environmentally sustainable ways.

  • Helping Owners make informed choices about products whenever possible.

We use this philosophy in striving to meet the changing needs of our growing community.

Definitions

Accessibility

The right to access fairly priced and nutritious products.

Local

Products produced in the state of Wisconsin or within 150 miles of the Capitol building. We also give preference to items of superior quality from the Midwest region that support smaller distribution chains.

Organic

Products that meet the National Organic Standards Board criteria of organic practices.

Natural

Products that are minimally processed and free of unnecessary additives.

Sustainable

Products produced and packaged in a manner that has minimal negative impact and offers nutritive benefits to the environment, community and consumers that support its production.

Humane

Products produced with consideration for kinder and more responsible animal practices.

Fair Trade

Commitment to a food system in which farmers, workers, and producers are valued and compensated fairly at each step of the supply chain.