The Friendly City Food Co-op opened recently and has been a big hit with area residents. As someone who faces multiple dietary challenges, I was extremely happy to see a project that was in the making for years come to fruition. The store is very welcoming when you walk in and the staff really seems to love their jobs. The employee that checked me out was very friendly and talked about how much she liked the store and how she enjoyed working there.
The store has a great variety of products. I myself can’t have fresh fruits and vegetables because of gastroparesis, however, their supply of wonderful looking produce will make great juices and smoothies. I was also recently told to take dairy and anything with gluten out of my diet. This was extremely distressing because my diet consists of pasta, rice, yogurt, and things that are easy to digest since gastroparesis means that the stomach muscles do not work properly to digest food. I was immediately inspired to take on my diet with gusto because the Co-op offers some many alternatives to dairy and gluten.
The store was clean and made me want to shop for groceries which is not always a task people enjoy. The shelves are well organized and the variety is great. It has a great selection of environmentally friendly cleaning products and paper products. There bulk food section in the back offers many options to choose from.
I wondered how the prices would be because of the high quality of the products and I was happy that the Co-op makes healthy food very affordable. I picked up gluten free pasta and almond milk for $4.90. The Friendly City Food Co-op is an excellent addition to the City of Harrisonburg and easily accessible to all. I would recommend people that are struggling with dietary restrictions to shop here because it really offers choices that I wasn’t sure existed. There really is something for everyone there and the store supports improving our communities and environment by using products that are healthy for people and the earth.
Check out the website below to see how you can become a member of the Co-op.