IGMC - More Than A Grocer

Have you ever wondered what your life would be like without Ideal Green Market? I’ve been a co-op member/owner there for over 2 years. I’ve stocked shelves, sewn fabric panels, advised, planned, and helped organize indoor markets. When I think back on how I shopped and ate before becoming an organic and local food fan, the difference is striking. I used to split my purchases between a number of grocery stores, depending on where I was and what I needed. I ate more processed foods, didn’t know where my food came from, and bought lesser-quality meat and produce. If I needed a gift, I would make an extra stop at a gift store.

Shopping at IGMC allows me to live a healthier lifestyle year-round, continuing in my health goals. I love the fresh fruit and produce section, so much so that I never want to buy produce elsewhere – and the meat and poultry! The bulk section is also a must-stop. You can bring your own containers, buy the amount you need, and it all stays fresh. It took me longer to realize the personal hygiene section has nearly everything I need from laundry detergent to toothpaste. My new favorites are the local authors and gift sections.

Ideal Green Market continues to innovate for our benefit while supporting local food makers. They do this on many levels: by providing us with locally sourced foods, as well as by supporting producers through programs such as Minnesota Grown and Lakes Proud. But the key for me is the employees and volunteers who work there. They help nurture the sense of community that makes IGMC unique. Not only do I hear about their dedication from behind the scenes as a member volunteer, I see it every time I shop.

Together, the employees and the product offerings at IGMC allow us all to live a healthier, more joyful life. And for that, I am grateful.

  - Dixie Grothe  
  - Member/Owner since 2017



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