Hello Co-op Owners, Neighbors & Friends:

We’re opening a different kind of grocery store.  Along with our cooperative principles: open membership; democratic control; autonomy and independence, the Fredericksburg Food Co-op is guided by a set of core values.  We’re going to sell delicious, healthy food, but what else?  The Board of Directors has put a lot of thought into the question, “What do we want this store to stand for?”  They have done a great job of balancing tangible, operational goals with community service and environmental stewardship.  


Local:  We will emphasize buying locally sourced food and products.

Environmental Sustainability:  Centering environmental sustainability in everything we do.

Vibrant/Engaged Community:  We seek to be engaged with and benefit all residents of our diverse community.

Financially Strong:  We will run a financially strong and successful community owned business.

What do you think?  I’d love to hear from you whether you’re in support of these values or if you think we missed something.  The great thing about the Fredericksburg Food Co-op is that our business can evolve in response to the ever changing needs of our ownership and community.  

We will use these core values to actively manage our daily operations.  We’ll make decisions every day based on these values, measure our successes, report each year on our results, and talk about how we look to improve.  Our ownership and community will get a look into not just our goals, but our plan to reach them and, after the fact, how we did.  

To me, one of the most powerful principles of cooperatives is transparency.  Isn’t that what we’d love to see from our government, corporations, even just our friends and family?  Transparency when we succeed, but also when we fall short.  As your General Manager, I’m proud to be a part of an organization steeped in such idealistic values and I look forward to working towards these with you all.
Cooperatively Yours,

Chris Roland
General Manager
Fredericksburg Food Co-op


The Fredericksburg Food Co-op welcomed 50 new owners in July, bringing our total ownership to 1517.  We are maintaining a pace of more than an owner a day, guaranteeing strong support for the Co-op when the doors open! 

Everyone is welcome to become an owner of the Food Co-op.  Joining is very easy online or by downloading an ownership application form here.  Gift ownerships are also available.  Be part of the Co-op's success!

In recent months Food Co-op volunteers have made over 500 masks for our Fredericksburg community.  We continue to receive requests, including from two programs that are supporting children. Volunteers need only the willingness to help and very basic skills on a sewing machine. We will provide all the supplies, including fabric and elastics and training. If you are interested in this enjoyable activity, please contact us at

The Food Co-op's volunteers have supplied masks to the Moss Free Clinic, Micah Respite, BLM protestors, Fredericksburg Regional Food Bank, local voting officials, Fredericksburg Farmers Market and more. 
FOOD CO-OP BOARD MEETINGS, Sundays, August 9 & August 23, 6-8 pm. You are welcome to attend our board meetings to learn more about the Food Co-op. Please email us if you would like to attend a board meeting.

THE JOY OF LOCAL VEGETABLES: COOKING DEMO AND Q&A. Tuesday, August 11, 6:30-7:30 pm via Zoom.  Joy Crump, owner and chef of Foode restaurant in Fredericksburg, will show us how to cook three seasonal local vegetables. She’ll take your questions afterwards!  CLICK TO REGISTER.

AUGUST IN THE GARDEN:  AUGUST = ABUNDANCE.  Friday, August 14, 6:30-7:30 pm via Zoom.  Master Gardener Jonathan Stevens will share special tips for gardening in August.  Bring your gardening questions.  CLICK TO REGISTER.

FOOD CO-OP GROUNDBREAKING.  Sunday, August 16, 6:00 pm.  Join us LIVE ONLINE for this exciting event.

ZERO WASTE:  SMALL STEPS, BIG IMPACT.  Thursday, August 20, 6-7 pm via Zoom.  Rachel Pulley, Zero Waste Lifestyle Educator and Enthusiast, will inspire us with a discussion and demonstration of those small things we can do to make a big impact for our environment.  Let's create a community of people doing Zero Waste.  REGISTER HERE.

MOVING AHEAD:  UPDATE FROM THE GENERAL MANAGER, Saturday, August 29, 6:30-7:30 pm via Zoom.  See and hear the latest update from GM Chris Roland on our progress towards opening!  CLICK TO REGISTER.