How does Ipswich Food Coop work?
Ipswich Ripple Food Co-op opened in April 2007. We sell vegetarian and organic wholefoods, locally or ethically sourced. We add only 6% onto the wholesale price of goods (to full members), making them affordable, improving access to healthy foods.
As a voluntary community project, the Food Coop is run by and for its members. We open once a fortnight, on Saturdays - see News and Events for our trading dates. We are in the Meeting Room of 19 Tower St, the building which houses the Citizens Advice Bureau. map
Shopping at the co-op is not like shopping in a supermarket. Many of our products come in bulk, members weigh out their own goods and look up the price from a list. It's a hands-on experience, much more enjoyable than supermarket shopping!
Brown paper bags are provided for decanting dry goods into the quantity you need, but try to bring your own containers. Some liquids are sold from big drums with a funnel, so bring along your old washing up liquid bottles
We have a fairtrade cafe, lending shopping a sociable, relaxed atmosphere. Friends and groups use us as a meeting place. We welcome those with special dietary needs and stock many gluten and dairy-free items. We hold information on local events and organisations, run educational workshops, and hold feasts.
We also take private orders so that you can get items we don't stock. There is a tool to help you prepare these on the member's page
See the video
Sat 15th March 30am-1:30pm
At the Citizens Advice Bureau building at 19 Tower St, on alternate Saturdays.
We've been open nearly seven years now, and we're pleased to be right in the town centre!
Come along to our next session there to see how we work: it's not like supermarket shopping, its people-friendly and fun!
Last Meeting: 14th January
See member's page for notes of last meeting
Trading Dates: 2014 can be printed out as a diary
Pictures on Photobucket
Upload any photos you take of the food coop or its events. Latest addition: Nacton Home Farm visit and Downham Market food coop exchange Dec 11
A new Food Co-op Leaflet is in preparation
Access to member's area:
Ask for the password using the contact page