Membership

Join in! Become a City Market, Onion River Co-op Member by signing up at the Customer Service desk today for only $15.

When you become a Member of the Co-op, you join an organization committed to bringing excellent, healthy food choices to the community, plus you’ll earn money back on your store purchases. The more you shop, the more you save; there’s never been a better reason to join.

The benefits of Membership include being part of a business that will be locally owned forever, a business of integrity that supports the local community and at the same time builds connections with other communities across the country and the world. City Market currently has over 9,000 Co-op Members.

The values of Co-op Membership: Supporting community.

City Market, Onion River Co-op promotes a strong and sustainable community by supporting local growers and producers as well as community members and organizations. Examples of community support: COTS tree sale, food shelf cash and product donations, free workshops and classes, Food for All Member program, Bicycle Benefits program, and Change for Local Non-Profits bag donations, among others.

Examples of sustainable agriculture support: active member and supporter of NOFA (Northeast Organic Farming Association), Healthy City van, Jr. Iron Chef competition, Burlington School Food project, Burlington Food Council, VBSR, etc. Plus the Co-op offers over 1,200 Vermont products for sale every day.

Putting people first.

The Co-op is an alternative business model in which ethics and integrity come first, from how we treat our employees and suppliers to how we meet Member needs for products. Every full-time employee at the Co-op is on a pathway to livable wage and receives benefits such as 100% of health care premiums for individual employees as well as generous time off, store discounts and much more.

Investing in the future.

The Co-op offers Members and customers products and services that ensure personal and planetary health, as well as economic stability. More than 60 cents out of every dollar spent at the Co-op stays in Vermont. In addition, Co-op members now earn money back on purchases through the annual Patronage Refund program— In 2013, Patronage checks were issued to over 9,000 members, with an average check of $96. Go Co-op!

How do you become a Co-op Member?

Anyone can become a Member by purchasing equity at the Customer Service desk or any cash register for $15 annually. $200 represents a full share of the Co-op. Members receive full benefits with their first equity payment. You can sign up at the store, or download and print this form to fill out and drop off with your equity payment.

Attend a New Member Tour.

Are you wondering what it means to be a "Member" of City Market, how to navigate our Bulk department, or where to find the vegan Worcestershire sauce? Join us for a New Member Tour ("old" Members are welcome too!) and we'll show you around the Co-op, explain Membership and benefits, and answer any questions you may have. You will also learn where to find the best deals, and how to get discounts for special ordering and Member Work.

We offer individual tours to fit your schedule. To sign up for one, contact Liz Dykes at ldykes@citymarket.coop or 802-861-9707.