Harrisonburg area residents wanting to keep their grocery dollars local and support the community's economy created the Friendly City Food Co-op, a full-service grocery store, located at 150 East Wolfe St., Harrisonburg.
The store, which opened in June of 2011 is 6,475 square feet, large enough to accommodate dry grocery, meat, produce, frozen food, dairy, a deli, a grab-and-go section, and a cafe-style seating area.
Friendly City Food Co-op actively seeks out relationships with local farmers and producers to highlight a broad selection of natural, organic, and locally-produced food and products. In addition, the store has a strong selection of supplements and health and beauty aids, a customer service counter, a small reference library, a selection of non-food household supplies, pet-care products, and general merchandise.
The member-owned co-op is open to any and everyone and offers community classes to learn more about cooking and nutrition to its member-owners and customers alike. The co-op also serves as a field-trip space for local schoolchildren learning about healthy foods, sustainable agriculture, farm-to-table concepts, and cooperative community-based business ventures.