Syracuse Real Food Cooperative is a community owned natural food store operating for the mutual benefit of the community. Our store emphasizes whole, local and organic foods.
The Syracuse Real Food Co-op has a positive effect on our region and community. By supporting our regional food systems and incorporating sustainable business practices, our business model serves as an example of success for other local businesses.
Conveniently located off Westcott Street, in the outer neighborhood of Syracuse University and SUNY College of Environmental Science and Forestry, the Co-op is a beehive of activity. Although “cooperatively owned” by 3,000+ member/owners, you need not be a member to shop at the Co-op. However, once you visit our vibrant, yet cozy store, chances are you’ll want to become a member-owner too.
Amidst the array of colorful delights you will find local dairy products and eggs, fresh produce from local farms, meats that were raised organically on local family farms, wild-caught seafood, fresh-baked breads, fair traded coffees and teas, a bulk section, a fresh deli section, artisan cheeses, wellness and natural body care products, and much more.
SRFC provides a friendly and welcoming environment and employs a staff who is eager to share their knowledge and experience with whole, natural and alternative foods.
Co-op customers are as diverse as the beans in our bulk aisle, but they all have one thing in common: a love of good, real food. Returning time and again—maybe because of an interest in wellness, organics, food safety, regional food, gourmet cuisine, or cooperative economics — customers are made to feel welcome by our friendly, knowledgeable staff.
Distinguishing itself from other markets with its exceptional customer service, the Co-op has been a source of sustenance and refuge to generations of Syracuse residents, our “University family” and visitors. Nestled in the historic University neighborhood, the Co-op has been in continuous operation since 1972 when it began in the basement of it’s first management team.
Founded by an energetic group of 1970’s activists who were part of the neighborhood dubbed the “Westcott Nation”, the Co-op’s originators wished to remove themselves from the “war-based economy” and envisioned a cooperatively-owned community. They wanted inexpensive food that was locally-produced and of high quality. They wanted to support local growers and producers. They wanted to contribute to a justice-based society. They wanted access to capital. They wanted to transform society and live well.
Forty-two years later, the Co-op has surpassed their original vision and has become a valued and active part of the Syracuse community, as well as one of the best food stores in town.
In 1982, the Co-op activists also founded a credit union in order to meet the capital needs of their food co-op, community organizations, and neighborhood residents. The Syracuse Cooperative Federal Credit Union Syracuse Cooperative FCU office was originally located in the rear of the Syracuse Real Food Co-op and now has 3 offices located at 723 Westcott Street, 401 South Ave. and 800 N. Salina St. Today, you can still make a deposit at the Syracuse Real Food Co-op. The credit union is another example of locally-grown cooperative success.
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