there it is!... found it! The Karma Food Co-op. A surprisingly cute little building, hidden away in an alley.
After possibly years of considering it, off and on, but never yet following the arrow to see where it led, we attended one of their orientation sessions last Saturday, and joined.
The co-op store was bigger and more well stocked than I had imagined. It is apparently the oldest running food co-op in Toronto, started in 1972. The person doing the orientation session, Paul, described a bit of the history. He informed us that it was started mainly by a group from University of Toronto and... and... and... Quakers. Quakers! This was a coincidence we had somehow not known. Interesting.
Paul explained that there were a lot of different reasons people had for wanting to be a part of the co-op: economic, social, gastronomic, and even sometimes as part of a philosophy of a larger faith community.
one of the blackboards --- just so you know. Because of the low volume sources, and quality, of most of the food, it is not entirely "cheap". But the mark-ups are all known, constant, and significantly lower than a grocery store. You can also special-order anything you want from the supplier catalogues in the office.
An interesting place, with interesting stuff, and run in an interesting way, by interesting people, with some interesting methods. We shall see how it goes.
Click the parsnips for more pics! (Though most of them are a bit boring; a bit of a catalog i could look at and remember the stuff they had in the store...)