If you’ve live in Brooklyn long enough, you’re bound to get curious about food co-ops. Are they really just mysterious hermit kingdoms with strange rituals regarding plastic bags, or are they places people actually shop for food? Usually the answer to this mystery is only available to food co-op members, but this Saturday, the Greene Hill Food Co-op in Bed-Stuy is opening their doors to just any schmuck off the street for a non-member shopping day. Plus, they’re also giving away trees, as that’s the hip thing to do these days.
Saturday, March 22, the Greene Hill Co-op (18 Putnam Avenue) invites you to come check out the way they do things over in co-op land. Is there regular food like regular humans eat, or is it all weird organic stuff with Pul Newman’s forever-judging eyes looking at you from the packaging? How are the prices? Do you have to sign a fealty pledge before you can leave with your groceries? You can find all of this out between 10am and 4pm on Saturday. But if you get there early enough, you can also get a free tree, because they’ve got 100 free trees to give away from MillionTreesNYC on a first come, first serve basis.
Just don’t fall too deeply in love unless you’re prepared to pay a $175 fee to join the co-op and work two hours every four weeks with your fellow co-op member. It’s either that or waiting until the next open shopping day on June 14.