Our Story

It all started with an idea inspired by a void.
Two local woman were tired of running around from store-to-store to purchase healthy, organic and local foods. They began researching co-op’s and through a marketing feasibility study found that a food co-op is exactly what the Elk River Area is looking for.


 The ERA Food Co-op was born…

Though we are still in the start up stages, we are dedicated to creating a space where the community can come together and fill their carts with trustworthy, reliable, safe, ethically treated, sustainably-just products. Since that first conversation in 2013, the ERA Food Co-op has grown to over 160 member-owners with an eight person Board of Directors. We’ve been in the newspaper, learning at the conferences, and holding monthly education classes. Though we don’t have a physical store front at the moment, we do provide our members with amazing benefits. With 10 local partnerships (and growing) you can get discounts on fresh greens, affordable meats, home delivered eggs, hand-made soaps, fitness motivation and so much more! Along with product discounts, as a member you also receive a 20% discount on all of our community classes.

2016 was a year to celebrate, here’s why

How can you help?


We need members! In order for our store to become a reality we need to have a strong, committed membership base showing us the community values the co-op vision. How do you become a member? All it takes is a one time investment and you are signed up for a lifetime of member benefits. To learn more check out our membership page.

Can’t financially support the co-op? No problem. Sign up to volunteer and get involved. Follow us on Facebook and sign up for our newsletter to stay up to date with co-op events and classes! We are growing our co-op family and welcome anyone who is interested in healthy, sustainable living practices.