Canyon County Co-op Comes to Life
Big ideas grow in the Boise Valley everyday. Sometimes, those ideas must be uprooted and replanted in a greener meadow. That is the course taken by the Canyon County Co-op, who has gone from seeding a dream to cultivating a reality.
On Saturday, nearly 900 valley residents received a sneak peak of the new Canyon County Co-op at the Taste of the Co-op event. Board members were on site giving behind the scenes tours and discussing opportunities to be involved and what’s next for the co-op. Vendors met with members to reveal their commodities that will soon stock the shelves – many armed with delicious samples and retail-ready products.
Visions of a co-op in downtown Nampa began in early 2014 when the Boise Co-op announced interest in opening a second Boise Valley location. While immense interest for a Nampa location was shown, the Boise Co-op ultimately chose the Village at Meridian for their new store. With a co-op team in place and community support behind them, reveries of the Canyon County Co-op gained momentum.
The founding board set to work crafting organizational structure, branding, securing real estate and renovating the selected space. The first public forum was held mid-September in 2014 and membership opened just before the new year. In just seven months, through various fundraisers and tremendous community support, the Canyon County Co-op was able to secure over 650 member-owners and a fantastic retail space in the heart of Nampa. The project has been entirely self-funded and powered by community volunteers throughout the Boise Valley.
While the official open date remains tentative, members can anticipate the co-op to be open for business by November. Cooking and nutritional education courses, beer and wine tasting events and community service projects are all on the docket for the Co-op’s first year. With a fabulous turnout at the Taste of the Co-op event, talk of expanding the current retail space has already begun.
Charter memberships are $65. For members interested in supporting on-going operational costs, Standard Memberships are available for $75 for the first year, then $35 annually thereafter. For more information and to stay up to date with the final phases of the project, visit the Canyon County Co-op website or like them on Facebook.
Canyon County Co-op Vendors:
Cabalo’s Orchard and Gardens
Crooked Fence Brewing
Fiddler’s Green Farm
Jenny’s Pure Food
Miss D’Arcy’s Bakeshoppe
Ohana No-Till Farm
Purple Sage Farms
The Little Bakery Shop
Traci’s Best Salsas
Karen Brown Artworks