Store, Cafe & Bakery
We've got a little bit of everything!
The People’s Food Co-op is made up of eight sales departments run by staff who care about what they are doing. They are constantly researching new and exciting products to enable us to fulfill our intention of having what you need, when you need it.
The People’s Food Co-op is Ann Arbor’s first natural-foods grocery store carrying a full-range of groceries, produce & environmentally sensitive cleaning products. No need to worry when going to or hosting a party – take along some of our really delicious cheese and a bottle of wine or some local beer and you will be all set. We buy from local businesses when at all possible and emphasize organic whenever feasible. Foods that contains artificial preservatives or color will not appear on our shelves and we support the “Just Label It” campaign for more transparency in our food system. So whether you are shopping for the week or popping in for something during your lunch hour our intention is to have what you need when you need it !
Co-op kitchen staff can be found working away seven days a week in our tiny kitchen making the sandwiches, the meals to go, the tasty cold dishes, everything in the salad bar and nearly all the dishes in the hot bar! Each day we may have an item or two not made from scratch but none of our prepared food contains any of the (can you believe it?) 81 unacceptable ingredients. We even wash our produce in filtered water which we believe makes a difference in the flavor too.
Local ! Local ! Local ! is the mantra here in our produce aisle. Whether our produce is grown using organic practices or if the grower is using the very expensive certification process, we work towards a wide and balanced selection; offering affordable options as stated in Co-op Policy E.1. d. We have been working with many of our farmers for a lot of years and are excited to be able to branch out and purchase from many of the new small growers in the immediate area. Using innovative methods, some of the new small farmers are producing well into the winter. We will always have to compromise since Michigan is not known for its long sunny growing season, LOL, but we do it carefully and thoughtfully.
Many of Ann Arbor’s local alternative health care providers make our wellness department section a destination and often send their clients to us because of our good selection of supplements, bulk and encapsulated medicinal herbs, tinctures, homeopathics, healing salves and balms. We even have handmade soaps salves, make-up and hair care products that are perfect for pampering with a clear conscience, since they include cruelty-free and fragrance-free and hypoallergenic options
Although we are not a pharmacy and can’t diagnose conditions or prescribe remedies, our knowledgeable staff can help you make your selections. We do encourage you to always check with your healthcare practitioner before starting any new treatment or diet regimen.
Staying true to how many Co-ops began we have a really extensive bulk section where you can get everything from bright orange lentils to wonderfully warm sticky local honey. You can grind as much or as little peanut butter as your heart desires or take home a giant bag of malt balls to eat in the car! Look for our cooking instruction for some of the items you may not have tried before – experimentation can be fun!
Need a lot of something? Want to save some money? We can pre-order you a case of any item we carry. Co-op members receive a 20% discount off the shelf price (or sale price, whichever is lower) for non-perishables. Non-members save 10%. Anyone can save 10% off a case order of perishable goods. Ask a cashier how you can place an order today. We can usually get what you need within a few business days.
Our area is lucky to have local milk and egg producers and much of what we have in the coolers is of course organic. We carry a selection of animal rennet free cheese as well as an interesting selection of other cheeses from sweet smelling to stinky! Since many of our member/customers are vegan we make sure to stock a wide range of vegan proteins in their own special cooler.
Fresh Coffee, Fresh Wi-fi!
Lattes, cappuccinos, espresso, macchiatos, americanos – Café Verde Baristas make them all from Fair Trade and organic coffees faithfully sourced from around our planet by Equal Exchange, Higher Grounds Coffee Merchants and Roos Roast.These same Baristas will also juice up some carrots for you, blend a delicious smoothie or brew a refreshing cup of tea. The cream and milk for your coffee is always organic and we offer natural sweeteners like raw sugar, honey and stevia too. Then when you are hungry for a tasty meal just build yourself a nice salad, fill up a bowl of soup or serve yourself a meal from our hot and cold bars. We always have something that will hit the spot.
(As you would expect – we only use compostable cups, napkins, to-go containers and flatware made from renewable resources.)
How About a Pot of Fair-Trade Coffee for Your Event?
We are happy to brew full 64 oz. press pots of fair-trade coffee for your party, office event or family get-together. Order at least 24 hours in advance by calling (734) 302-7032. Cost is $25 per pot (plus a $10 per pot fully refundable deposit) and includes cups, stir sticks, cream, & sugar. There is approximately 8 – 8oz. cup in one pot of coffee.
Art in the Cafe
Music in the Cafe
Enjoy live music on Thursdays from 6-8PM. No cover. Come check it out! For more information, email the Cafe manager.
Hot & Fresh!
Like true bakers throughout the world our bakers arrive for work just as most of us are getting ready for bed. They work tirelessly throughout the night to create our pretty and delicious baked goods for the days when you need a treat – no need to go without treats if you are vegan or ‘gluten free’ we make delicious ones just for you. Everything is made with locally sourced ingredients whenever possible and organic flour of course !