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Batavia looking at forming cooperative grocery store

Published: Thursday, Jan. 30, 2014 5:30 a.m. CDT • Updated: Friday, March 28, 2014 2:47 p.m. CDT

BATAVIA – Batavia plans to create a cooperative grocery store that would focus on providing whole, organic food that is locally produced.

A community outreach meeting will be from 10 a.m. to noon Saturday at the Batavia Government Center, 100 N. Island Ave., for the proposed Green Tomato Grocery.

“We’re looking to see if this is something the community is interested in,” said Batavia 5th Ward Alderman Lucy Thelin Atac, who is a volunteer with the group. “We need to know that the community supports it.”

As proposed, members of the community would be invited to be co-owners of the store.

Saturday’s meeting will describe what a cooperative is and how it operates.

“Our state really doesn’t have a lot of them,” Atac said. “I’m looking for a healthy food source, and I would like to buy local food. I feel it’s healthier for you, and it’s fresher. And it’s better for the economy. We are trying to generate education and awareness.”

The group still is in the organizational stage, she said. A location for the store has not been determined, Atac said.

“We’re looking for more volunteers,” she said.

Those who would like to learn more about the co-op and Green Tomato Grocery can visit www.greentomato.coop or the Green Tomato Grocery Facebook page.

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