What does it mean to be a Member of the Co-op?

When you become a Member of the Co‑op, you join a business that is committed to bringing community ownership to our local food system, supporting local growers and producers, and increasing food access in the heart of Burlington, Vermont. Membership is open to everyone and offers a chance to be part of a business that will be locally owned forever! 

A hand holding a Co-op Membership card. The card depicts brightly-colored abstract art with a City Market logo in the upper right. Across the bottom, it reads "Co-op Member" in white letters. The card is being held in front of a wildflower garden.
A woman stands to the right of a waist-high sign that reads "Strength In Community." She's wearing a blue tee shirt and yellow shorts, and she's giving two thumbs up. The woman and sign are in front of a rack of potted plants, and the rack of plants is in front of City Market's downtown entrance.

How Does It Work?

With an equity payment of $15 per year, you receive all the benefits of Membership like discounts at over 100 local businesses, incentives for volunteering, monthly raffles, reduced-price classes, quarterly discount days, and more! 

A full share of equity in the Co-op is $200, but most people choose to pay annual installments of $15. Once you reach $200, you will no longer need to renew your Membership each year. You can sign up in-store or online. You can also download and print this form, fill it out, and drop it off with your equity payment at either store.

Your Co-op Membership can cover anyone in your household with whom you share food – whether it’s family, significant others, or roommates. To add Household Members to your Household, you can stop by our Customer Service desk at either store. Household Members must be listed under your account to access Member Benefits and the Head of Household listed on the account is the only person with authority to make changes on the account. 

Member Benefits

City Market Members gain access to great benefits inside our store and in the community! These include quarterly discount days, reduced-price cooking classes, discounts at over 100 local businesses, and incentives for volunteering through our Member Work program. Plus, Members determine our Co-op’s future by voting in Board elections and even running for our Board of Directors.

A smiling woman with curly dark blonde hair stands in a garden. She is wearing a button-down shirt with large orange, blue and purple checks and yellow sleeves.
South End City Market exterior at sunset

New Member Tours

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 and we'll show you around the Co-op, explain Membership and Member benefits, and answer any questions you may have. 

We offer individual tours to fit your schedule. To sign up for one, contact our Membership team at or 802-861-9707.

"It’s wonderful to be able to meet community members outside our usual circles and share a meal together.  Some of my closest friends in Burlington I originally met through City Market classes.” - Anna M.

“I’m a Member because, in essence, it’s like coming home – home to a time when the heart knows what the heart needs and wants: access to healthy, nutritious food.” - Wanda H.